“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.”Speaking on Tuesday, the Commander, 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, in Port Harcourt, Brig. Gen. Hamisu Hassan, has disclosed that the player 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.
“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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