Shooting Stars defender, Izu Joseph was at a cultist’s shrine when he was killed – Army reveals

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The Nigerian Army has said the Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan defender, Izu Joseph, who was killed on Sunday, reportedly by a stray bullet from a member of the Joint Task Force, JTF, was killed in a cultist’s shrine.

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The shocking revelation was made on Tuesday by the Commander, 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Brig. Gen. Hamisu Hassan.

According to him, investigation is ongoing to determine what Izu was doing at the shrine.

Recall that Joseph, a regular with Shooting Stars Sports Club in the just –ended Nigeria Professional Football League season, and who helped the Oluyole Warriors retain Premiership status, was shot dead in his hometown, Okaki in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State on Sunday.

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Reports had it that Joseph had pleaded with JTF operatives that he was a footballer before he was shot.

In a statement, Hassan said the Brigade would sustain the current tempo of the operations against cultists, kidnappers and other criminals to make Rivers State safe.

He said, “Izu was killed when troops, who were on a confidence building patrol, moved into cultists’ hideout in Okaki village.

“Information available to the patrolling troops indicated the presence of suspected cultists in Okaki village.

“The troops moved in and raided the suspected criminal hideout. One person lost his life at the hideout while several others fled.

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“Later, it was confirmed that the person who lost his life was a Nigerian footballer, identified as Mr. Izu Joseph.

“Nevertheless, investigation is ongoing to determine what he was doing at the cultist’s shrine at that time.”

6 thoughts on “Shooting Stars defender, Izu Joseph was at a cultist’s shrine when he was killed – Army reveals

  1. That's the reason we should be careful bout kind of company we keep, maybe he was just there to chill with his friend, who knows

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  2. Nigerian Army should stop giving excuses for their inefficiency, what we are talking about is human life. Now let's agree he was found in a shrine which is not true because report has it that he was killed in his family compound. The question they must answer is was he armed? Was he shot at close range? Was he resisting arrest or evading arrest? No excuse for this killing. Our police and Army needs to be trained if not these extra judicial killing of unarmed civilians will not end. The Nigerian army have been challenged to invite the media for a tour to the community for the whole world to know the truth until they do this they should keep quiet. Let every one remember that one day we will all give account for our actions. So let's stop behaving as if there is no tomorrow. I just imagine what his family is going through, may God them the fortitude to bear, this irreparable lost. May his soul rest in peace.

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