SWITZERLAND, FEBRUARY 25 – Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has come under heavy criticism from Nigerians over his statement on the protests in Sagamu, Ogun State, which has claimed at least five lives, according to media sources.
On Monday, at least five persons, including a policeman were allegedly killed in Sagamu, Ogun State, as angry young men and women took to the streets to protest the killing of a footballer named Tiyamiyu Kazeem aka Kaka, by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Today’s Echo gathered that most of the victims died from injuries sustained from gunshots by policemen, as seen in several witness reports and videos posted on social media, showing policemen shooting indiscriminately.
While addressing the issue in a press conference on Monday, the governor alleged that the protesters had attempted to attack the divisional police station and set out to loot local banks.
According to the governor, the protesters went against the promise to exercise restraint and set out to disturb public peace while they marched against the killing of Tiamiyu Kazeem, a footballer with Remo Stars Football Club.
In a press conference, the governor accused the protesters of aiming to aggravate an already tense situation in which attempts to destroy the police Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) were carried out, leading to fatalities.
Abiodun also put out a warning to any party seeking to cause more trouble in the state.
In the statement, the governor announced that “security has been further beefed up, including the involvement of the Nigerian Army and other law enforcement agencies.”
He advised that parents should caution their children against confronting security agents as governmentattempt to restore normalcy in the state.
Many people have described Abiodun’s utterances as insensitive and wrong.
Tiyamiyu Kazeem, assistant captain of Remo Stars FC better known as ‘Kaka’, was killed in Sagamu last weekend.
The talented defender was reported to have been killed by an officer of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.
In a statement on Saturday, Oladimeji Oshode, Remo Stars media officer, said the incident happened at about noon along Sagamu road.
According to him, the accused officer stopped the vehicle the deceased was driving. Kazeem was said to have been with Sanni Abubakar, his teammate.
The footballer was allegedly pushed out of the vehicle by the SARS operative, who had mistaken him for a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo boy), before he was hit by an incoming vehicle.
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