See Photos Of The Nigerian Footballer, Izu Joseph Shot Dead By Soldiers In Niger Delta [RIP Izu]


Nigerian footballer Izu Joseph has been shot dead by soldiers battling militants in Bayelsa State.

Izu’s father confirmed he was shot by the Joint Task Force (JTF), who are locked in a face-off with militants in the restive Niger Delta. The Shooting Stars defender was hit by a stray bullet on Sunday.
He was rushed to the hospital after the incident by did not survive.

His death has sparked anger.
The Oyo State Sports Writers Association (SWAN) described the tragic passing away of the star defender as a great loss, while urging the various governments to improve security.

“We commiserate with the management of 3SCover the death of their reliable and committed player, Izu Joseph, who was full of life and contributed immensely to the escape of ‘The Oluyole Warriors’ from relegation in the just concluded Nigeria league,” read the statement in part.

“It is indeed a great loss not only to 3SC, but also to the football fraternity in Nigeria.

“The Oyo SWAN appeals to government at all levels to beef up security in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria to prevent the recurrence of the avoidable incident that claimed the life of our valuable footballer, Izu Joseph.”

Former Nigeria U20 coach John Obuh called for police investigation to the death of the player.
“Our police should investigate this incident,” he said.

“What is all this?

“Can’t a good thing ever come out of our land? Every time comes one sad story or the other.”