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Izu Joseph House of Reps invite police chief over killing of Shooting Stars defender

Joseph's death has generated a lot of interest and controversy with conflicting version of what really happened on that fateful day,

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Izu Joseph play Investigations continue for the shooting of Shooting Stars defender, Izu Joseph (NPFL)

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim has been invited to the House of Representatives to answer questions of extra-judicial killings including Shooting Stars defender, Izu Joseph.

Joseph died on Sunday, October 16, 2016, after he was shot by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Rivers State at the Okarki community, in the Ahoada West area of Rivers State.

He was killed during a raid of what the army called a ‘cultist shrine’ by the JTF.

The killing has generated a lot of interest and controversy with conflicting version of what really happened on that fateful day,

Honorable Douye Diri of the House Of Representatives on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, sponsored a motion calling for a thorough investigation.

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Douye Diri play Douye Diri raised the motion during a House of Reps sitting (Channels TV)


The House is worried that the trend if not checked may lead to the breakdown of law and order,” Diri said.

A situation where people will be called to defend themselves from attacks from the very police who have been paid by taxpayers money to protect them.

While the army insists that Joseph was killed on suspicion of being a cultist, an eyewitness claimed that the defender showed men of the JTF his identity card before he was shot and killed.

The eyewitness claimed that she saw the JTF men shoot a guy in the leg during the raid.

Another unidentified witness who claim to be a cultist, however, said that he was with the late footballer at the cultist shrine called ‘Ghetto’ when men of the JTF raided the place.

The Army says a formal report will be presented at the end of the investigation.

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Izu Joseph play Izu Joseph score two goals for Shooting Stars last season (Twitter)


Joseph was an influential figure at the back for Shooting Stars as they finished 14  in the just concluded season. He scored two goals.

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