Ibadan based football club announed the death of one of its defenders, Izu Joseph.
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BBC reports that the player was “hit by a stray bullet when gunmen attacked a market in his hometown of Okaki in Bayelsa State”.
A statement released by The Nigerian Football Federation reads Izu “was killed on Sunday, reportedly by a stray bullet from a member of the Joint Task Force”.
Addressing the incident, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick says, “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”.