Father of the Shooting Stars’ defender, has revealed how his son was allegedly shot dead by security operatives who must have mistaken his son for a militant in Okaki Village of Rivers State.
We reported yeterday that the Nigerian Professional League club, Shooting Stars FC, announced that the club’s central defender, Izu Joseph has been confirmed dead after he was hit by a stray bullet in Bayelsa State on Sunday.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, the father of the slain Shooting Stars’ defender, Pa Joseph, has revealed how his son was allegedly shot dead by security operatives who must have mistaken his son and his friends for members of a militant group at a jetty in Okaki Village, Ahoada West LGA of Rivers State where the player and four of his friends were shot dead.
In a telephone chat, father of the deceased revealed that Izuchukwu was home for the holiday after the end of the 2015/2016 Nigerian Profession Football League and went out with his friends on Sunday evening.
Izu, who was c@ught in a friendly fire was in the pool swimming with his friends and had to run for cover, but was fished out alongside his friends, where they hid themselves.
“I learnt that my son pleaded with them and was asked to identify himself and despite doing so, he was shot together with his friends and the most painful thing was that they took his phone and recorded him while he was still writhing in pain till he was about to give up the ghost.”
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick, who was much grieved when he learnt of the incident, and immediately put a telephone call through to the father of the late footballer has commiserated with the family of the player.
Pinnick said afterwards: “I am sorely distraught with what has happened. It is a most unfortunate incident that has brought sorrow to the Nigeria football family, barely a week after we were celeB.rating victory in a World Cup qualifying match.
“What has happened is most painful. I want to appeal to our football players to always be mindful of the company they keep and the places they go at all times, because they are special assets.”
“At the end of the day, each and everyone of us will die, but we don’t want to be losing football players in the manner in which Izu Joseph has died.”