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Nigeria; Footballer Izu Joseph shot dead

Nigeria; Footballer Izu Joseph shot dead

Nigeria; Nigerian defender Izu Joseph who plays as a central defender with Premier League club Shooting Stars have been shot dead during a clash between militants and security forces.

Joseph, a central defender with Premier League club Shooting Stars (3SC), was hit by a stray bullet when gunmen attacked a market in his hometown of Okaki in Bayelsa State.

“Today is a very sad day for us,” Rasheed Balogu, 3SC’s general manager, told: “This was a young boy with a lot of promise and we are devastated.

“We are still getting confusing reports about what happened exactly but we have been told that the stray bullet came from the JTF [Nigerian Joint Task Force.”

The club’s official account tweeted on Monday: “A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family #Tragedy.”

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