Nobody Died in Sagamu Protest- Police
By Uzo Hope
The Police have denied that there were fatalities during the protest against the alleged killing of Remo Stars Football Player, Kazeem Tiyamiyu in Ogun State.
Tiyamiyu, popularly called “Kaka”, was allegedly killed by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officials last weekend.
Ogun state Governor, Dapo Abiodun had on Monday confirmed deaths in a statement, according to reports he received from Olabisi Onobanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH).
But Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, in an interview with Nigeria Info, said the state Police received no reports of any death caused by the protest.
“I say I am not aware, if they didn’t report any death to any of our station, do you think I will now be going from one street to the other to find out if somebody died or not. Even if somebody died on his own or as a result of fracas between rival parties, does that mean the police must be aware?
“Nobody reported any death to any of our station. Anything that is not reported to us, we don’t know. No police officer died in Ogun State. If somebody died we need to see the corpse of the person that died before you believe that somebody died,” he reiterated.
The PRO added that they had gone to sympathize with the footballer's family and youths, but the youths were hell bent on violence.
“The management team of Ogun state Police Command went to Sagamu to commiserate with the family of the deceased; they even went to the palace of Akarigbo to equally commiserate with him and the youths of the town.”
“They met with all of them and they talked together. They told them that they will be justice for the deceased but some people just gathered together and they were advancing towards the police station with the aim of burning down the station and police were able to disperse them with the use of teargas”.
“So the issue that some people were shot dead by the police does not arise.” Oyeyemi stated.