The family of late Shooting Stars Sports Club defender, Joseph Izu, has pleaded for the help of world football governing body, FIFA, in resolving the case.
Izu was allegedly shot and killed by soldiers of the Joint Task Force in his home town of Okarki in Ahoada West Local Governemnt Area, Rives State. His family have been asking Nigeria to produce the killer, and want FIFA to ban the country from all tournaments until their demands are answered.
This was revealed by Ikechuwku Obuzor, a former chairman of Ahoada West LGA. He accused the government of sweeping the murder under the carpet, saying such shouldn’t be done for such a notable citizen. He added that the appeal was necessary so the late footballer’s family could get justice.
Obuzor said, “I humbly wish to draw the attention of Federation Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, and its President, Gianni Infantino to the Extra Judicial Killing of Joseph Izu, a renowned footballer with the Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan on Sunday, 16th of October, 2016.”
“Joseph Izu played for 3SC in the just concluded 2015 – 2016 season and was on vacation like most other footballers in Nigeria for the off season. He was in his hometown, Okarki to enjoy his vacation and could not have been a target of the Joint Task Force (JTF) as he was never a cultist.
“Since the unfortunate incident, several efforts have been made to get the authorities to investigate the sad development and compensate the family adequately. It has yielded no result but intimidation of eye-witnesses in bid to silence them.
“It is in light of the above that I appeal to FIFA to wield its sledge hammer and insist that the right thing be done so authorities will be compelled to act swiftly and avoid setting a dangerous precedent in the soccer community. Justice must take its course. If it happened to Joseph Izu today and nothing is done, there is no telling which soccer star will be the next victim”.