Shooting Stars defender Izu Joseph has been shot dead by soldiers in his hometown in Okaki, Bayelsa State.

Izu’s father confirmed his death by the Joint Task Force in the state. Initial reports said the player was caught out at a restricted area by soldiers on a raid. His identity as a footballer was only established after he had been shot.

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The energetic central defender joined Shooting Stars three seasons from Bayelsa United. He was on holidays after the just concluded NPFL season.



Izu helped the Oluyole Warriors escape relegation last season with a 14th place finish with series of interesting performances. He was named man of the match in the 1-1 home draw with winners, Rangers.