Brilla FM is reporting that Izu Joseph, a defender at Shooting Stars Sports Club Ibadan, Oyo State, was allegedly shot dead by a JTF officer in Rivers State over the weekend.
According to DailyPost, Shooting Stars of Ibadan lost one its players to stray bullet during the weekend in Bayelsa. The deceased defender, Izu Joseph, was part of the Oluyole Warriors which finished 14th at the just concluded 2015/2016 season of the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL.
Announcing the incident on in its official website, the club wrote, “A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family #Tragedy.”
It was alleged that the defender was hit by a bullet as officers of the Joint Task Force, JTF, engaged militants of the restive Niger Delta in a long-drawn face-off on Sunday, October 16.
Joseph joined the Ibadan outfit two seasons ago from Bayelsa United when the Ibadan club were still in the second-tier Nigeria National League, NNL.