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The Ogun state Police command on Sunday, cleared the air over the allegation against a retired Deputy Inspector General, Peter Ogunyanwo, then the DIG Southwest about the death of three protesters of the death of a footballer in Sagamu, Tiamiyu Kazeem.
The state Police command said its attention has been drawn to a viral video being circulated by someone , the command described as a faceless and mischievous individual ;
The Police Public Relations Ooffcier in the state ,Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this on Sunday in a statement ,saying,the person displayed the picture of a retired Deputy Inspector General, Peter Ogunyanwo, then the DIG Southwest of knowing of about the death of three protesters after the killing of Kazeem.
Kazeem was reportedly killed by an operative of zonal intervention of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad who threw him out of the moving operational vehicle on the Sagamu interchange after he was arrested .
Oyeyemi appealed to members of the public to desist from spreading fake news, warning that ,the end result is always catastrophic.
The PPRO said “the attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video being circulated by a faceless mischievous individual, who claims in a voice in the background to be resident in America, regarding the unfortunate incident of February 22nd 2020 that led to the death of a footballer in shagamu, one Tiamiyu Kazeem.
“In the said video, the said individual displays the picture of retired DIG Peter Ogunyanwo, then the DIG Southwest, sitting beside Ogun state governor, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun, during his condolence visit to the deceased family.
“The said individual falsely claim that three other persons who were protesting over the killing of Tiamiyi Kazeem were also killed by an unidentified policeman on the day of the incident to the knowledge of the DIG and the perpetrators have not been brought to justice.
“The command therefore wishes to set the record straight for the sake of our highly revered DiG who has since retired from service after years of meritorious service to his fatherland, and therefore deserves a respected peaceful retirement life.”
While explaining the role of the embattled DIG , Oyeyemi said the then DIG Ogunyanwo, an indigene of Sagamu, was in the state in his capacity as DIG Southwest on the order of the Inspector-General of Police for an on-the-spot-assessment.
He added that in course of which he accompanied the state governor to the deceased’s family on condolence visit.
Oyeyemi said “It is therefore a thing of surprise for anyone to in anyway ascribe the killing of any protester to the DIG who came days after the whole incident.
” Moreover, the command did not receive any report whatsoever about the death of any other person in connection with the incident. Meanwhile, the policeman involved in the death of the footballer has since been dismissed from the Force and is currently undergoing prosecution in court on charges of culpable homicide.
“It is therefore ungodly for anybody to attempt to tarnish the good name of the retired DIG who was so concerned about the untimely death of the young footballer that he made sure the Zonal Intervention Squad where the errant ex-policeman was attached was disbanded immediately.
“The general public is hereby urged to discountenace the video in its entirety as the maker is only out to mislead and cause disaffection in the state, especially among the indigenes of Sagamu. It is a deliberate attempt to smear the hard-earned reputation of the retired Deputy Inspector-General of police, an illustrious son of the state and a proud indigene of Shagamu.
“The state government has inaugurated judicial panel of enquiry to investigate any case of police brutality in the state.
“Therefore, anybody who has any complaint should endeavour to approach the panel rather than spreading fake, misleading and mischievous news on the social media.”