Shooting Stars' Izu Joseph was at a cultist’s shrine when he was killed – Army reveals | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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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.


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.

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

The Commander described as shocking, the death of the footballer.

He said, while it remains a ‘questionable mystery’ how the deceased was found in an isolated area very close to a shrine, the Command will stop at nothing to uncover the ‘ills’ behind his demise.

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.

“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.”

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  1. Foul! this is just to cover up by the army, instead of them to accept their blame, they are turning the matter upside down, if you lie against the dead, can you deny it on the last day!, God will surely judge, we can never go scort free from wickedness here on earth and before God

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  2. Liers! Mallam Lai don teach una how to LIE. Even, if who see him there must U kill him?

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  3. Let's accept your explanation that the late Izu was in a cultist shrine. Does that mean you kill him. Aren't there better ways of arresting thugs. Accepted they are a miscreant to society, it doesn't mean you take away their life without even finding dem guilty of committing a crime.

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  4. U claim to see him in a cultist shrine. u shot him on his leg and he brought out his Id card as means of identification to show dat he is a footballer even crying and pleading but u stil went ahead and shot him d second time at his rib. Are u God. can u create d list part of human being dat u think u can just take someone life wenever u feel like cos u av a gun. God wil punish u all.

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  5. The fools did not invstigate wen they first shot him on his leg wen he brought out his Id card for them to see he is a footballer befor they finally shot him again. Is now they want to investigate. Why not go to the mortuary to ask him. Now is dead and they are sayin he was in cultist shrine wen he was not. God will surely punush all that is involve and they wil neva know peace

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  6. U claim to see him in a cultist shrine. u shot him on his leg and he brought out his Id card as means of identification to show dat he is a footballer even crying and pleading but u stil went ahead and shot him d second time at his rib. Are u God. can u create d list part of human being dat u think u can just take someone life wenever u feel like cos u av a gun. God wil punish u all.

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