Monday, 17 October 2016

Footballer shot dead by soldiers in Bayelsa State

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Izu Joseph a seasoned footballer and Nigerian central defender  has died. He died after the conclusion of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League season

According to Guardian Joseph played for NPFL side Shooting Stars of Ibadan and was part of the team that finished the season in 14th position.

A tweet by the Ibadan based club says:
“A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family #Tragedy”

 His Club announced that he was shot dead in Bayelsa by soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF), who are locked in a long-drawn face-off with militants in Niger Delta.

The defender joined Shooting Stars three years ago from Bayelsa United when the Ibadan club were still in the second-tier Nigeria National League. He was reportedly the man of the match at champions Rangers when Shooting Stars drew 1-1 this past season. 

The Sports Writers Association (SWAN) commented: “It is indeed a great loss not only to 3SC, but also to the football fraternity in Nigeria.”

It urged government to beef up security across the country to prevent a “recurrence of the avoidable incident that claimed the life of our valuable footballer, Izu Joseph.”

May soul rest in peace.


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