Port Harcourt - Rivers State Sport Commissioner, Boma Iyaye
says the death of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) defender, Izu Joseph
‘represents another dark chapter in the history Nigerian football’.
A handful of reports suggest that the energetic defender was
hit by a stray bullet while others say he was shot dead by security men on
operation in his home town, Okaki, Bayelsa State.
Honourable Iyaye has now urged the 3SC family to show
strength following the sad turn of events while calling on security operatives
to fish out the killers of Izu.
Also read: NFF mourns with family of slain footballer Izu Joseph
“The death of this vibrant young man, cut short at the prime
of his career, represents yet another dark chapter in the history of Nigerian
“I have since sent my personal condolences to 3SC and on
behalf of the sport fraternity in Rivers State, I also urge the Izu family to
be strong in this period of great sadness.
“I am also using this medium to call on security operatives
to embark on exhaustive investigations with a view of bringing the killers of
the late Izu to book,” he said.
The late player joined 3SC in the 2013/14 season from
Bayelsa United and had just completed his third season at the Oluyole Warriors.
According to a News24
report, Izu Joseph was killed during a gun battle between the military Joint
Task Force (JTF) and suspected militants on Sunday.For
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