Protest Rocks Rivers State over murder of Footballer


Angry kinsmen of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) FC central defender, Izu Joseph, who was killed at Okaki community in Ahoada West Local Government area of Rivers State yesterday relieved the gory details of the last moments of the footballer.

The group led by a clan head of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Goodleaf Osineme, the Deputy Youth Leader of the Community, Abie Samson and Comrade Jonah Wisdom, told news men during a visit to the troubled community, that the late footballer was shot twice in the leg and the mid region despite pleading that he should not be killed as he was a footballer.

According to Jonah Wisdom, “when Izu heard the commotion and the shooting of guns, he stepped out and he was stopped at gun point by one of the soldiers. When he identified himself as a footballer and brought out his identification card, he was shot in the leg. Despite the gun shot he was still pleading for his life. Another soldier came and shot him in the stomach.”

Wisdom, who led journalists to the spot where Izu was shot, said: “The soldiers dragged him towards the Orashi River, about some meters away and dumped his body in it. They also shot a 21 years old boy, who was trying to swim across the river.”

“Okaki has been known as a peaceful community and we have never had any case of criminality. The Federal Government must investigate and fish out the soldiers behind the gruesome murder of our son.”

Another close friend of the late footballer, who escaped the mayhem, Akin Anthony, said Izu had few minutes before he was killed shared N1,000 each to almost twenty-eight youths and women around, “he was telling us that he was invited to the camp of the Super Eagles and he had to resumeon Monday. He asked someone to go to his house and get his packed bag. But before the boy he sent came, he was shot by soldiers”

The indigenes of the Okaki Community alleged that the soldiers were attached to a military point in Akhinama and led by a known soldier with the rank of a Major.

Source: Today Trending News




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