Shooting Stars energetic defender Izu Joseph Killed by JTF

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Shooting Stars energetic defender has been shot dead by soldiers in his hometown Okaki in .

The player’s father confirmed the death of the player at the hands of Joint Task Force (), who are locked in a long-drawn face-off with militants in the restive Niger Delta.

The powerful central defender, who was a great man marker and good aerially, joined Shooting Stars three years from Bayelsa United when the Ibadan club were still in the second-tier Nigeria National League (NNL).

He was man of the match at champions Rangers when Shooting Stars drew 1-1.

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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