Nigeria Premier League side, Shooting Stars Sports Club defender Izu Joseph has been killed during a gun battle between the military Joint Task Force (JTF) and suspected militants in Rivers State.
The news of the incident which happened on Sunday, broke out on Monday.
The player rounded off the just-concluded season of the Nigeria Professional Football League with 3SC one week earlier and had gone home – Okaki in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, for break following the conclusion of the 2015/16 season.
“A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family #Tragedy,” his club wrote on its twitter handle on Monday.