Nigerian Troops Kill Top Footballer In Hunt For Niger Delta Militants

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Nigerian footballer Izu Joseph has died after being shot.The 24-year-old , who played in defence for Nigerian Premier League club Shooting Stars, was hit by a stray bullet when gunmen attacked a market in his hometown of Okaki in Rivers State.The club’s tweeted on its official account: “A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family #Tragedy.”

Joseph joined the club three years ago.

He was a key player as the team secured a return to the top flight from the second division in 2014.

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The Nigerian Football Federation tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the Mgt. & Staff of @Official3SC on the shocking loss of their player, Izu Joseph. May his soul Rest In Peace! #RIPIzu”.

 

Soldiers Intentionally Killed My Son – Father

Reuben Joseph, father of Izu Joseph, the ‎Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan defender who was killed on Sunday, October 16, 2016 says the killing of his son was a deliberate act rather than the accident it has been painted as.

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Izu was holidaying in his hometown of Okaki, Rivers state, when he was reportedly hit by a stray bullet from the Joint Task Force, JTF.

However, father of the deceased told TheCable that the JTF intentionally murdered him.

“It was not a stray bullet; they shot him face to face,” Pa Joseph told online newspaper e on phone in an emotion-laden voice.

“They shot him the first time, we thought it was a stray bullet. When they came closer to him, they shot him again.

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“They did not come for anything but decided to kill my son for fun. He was even showing them his identity card that he was a football player.

“They shot at him again. They came to kill my son purposely but I don’t know why they had to do this to me.”

Joseph’s last-minute winning goal against Nasarawa United in Week 26 was one of the goals that helped 3SC escape relegation in the just concluded NPFL 2015/16 league.

via BBC, TheCable

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