Dapo Abiodun, governor of the state of Ogun, has accused some young people in the state’s Sagamu area of plundering banks and a secretariat during the protest against the death of Remo Stars’ footballer, Kazeem Tiamiyu.
The governor also said the youth tried to attack the Sagamu Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and burn armored personnel transport.
Tiamiyu, also known as Kaka, died on Saturday after it was claimed that a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) employee had pushed him out of their Toyota Siena after being brought to their car.
Reportedly, the football player was crushed by an oncoming car during the trial.
Residents of the community went out on Monday to protest the incident, which became a riot, with three people reportedly losing their lives.
But Abiodun said that some young people refused to remain calm during the protest and that they used the protest to commit crimes.
“In contrast to the promise of restraint given by the youth, a while after the peace meeting, some youth defied the calls for restraint and decided to take advantage of the situation by undertaking activities that further aggravated the already tense situation. They tried to attack the Divisional Police Station, burn the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) police, and even plunder the local government banks and headquarters, “Abiodun said.
The governor in a live Facebook video at night said he received briefings from state security chiefs about the issue, and said he thought it appropriate to share the information with the public.
He said his government would not tolerate any breach of peace in the city, and he issued a warning that anyone inciting problems would face the wrath of the law.
Abiodun noted that he had informed the presidency about the unfortunate incident and added that he was given assurance that normality would be restored.
According to him, security in Sagamu has been strengthened, including the deployment of soldiers.
He appealed to law-abiding indigenous residents of the area to do their lawful business without fear of molestation.
“Let me assure all good citizens of Ogun State and residents of Sagamu that they must continue their legitimate affairs without any fear of molestation whatsoever. I want to give a warning that anyone who tries to take advantage of the unfortunate incident to stir up problems or undertake activities that violate public peace and order will be subject to the full force of the law. Parents and guardians should warn their children and departments to refrain from confronting law enforcement officers while fulfilling their responsibilities for maintaining law and order, “he added.