Deceased Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Oyo State defender, defender, Izu Joseph, was shot dead while he was in the company of some cultists.
This is according to a military spokesman who said the incident took place in his hometown of Okaki in Ahoada West LGA, RIvers State earlier this week.
According to Brig. Gen. Hamisu Hassan, the Commander, 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt,
“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.
“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.”