The Nigerian Premier League is in mourning after one of its players, Izu Joseph, was shot to death.
Joseph, who played for the Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, was killed by a stray bullet from a member of the Joint Task Force.
The incident occurred in Izu’s hometown, Okaki in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State on Sunday.
“I am sorely distraught with what has happened,” Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick said. “It is a most unfortunate incident that has brought sorrow to the Nigeria football family, barely a week after we were celebrating victory in a World Cup qualifying match.”
“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 asset. At the end of the day, each and every one of us will die, but we don’t want to be losing football players in the manner in which Izu Joseph has died.”