Premier league star [neutralized] in Bayelsa by Army

A popular premier league star has just been [neutralized] by security operatives in Bayelsa state.

Well, it is no longer news that Nigerian security operatives are always wrong when it comes to anything but protecting life and properties.

Heaven help you if you are anywhere close to them with their guns. A misfire is tagged accidental discharge.

End of story!

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News filtering into our news house has that a top Nigerian Premier League defender Izu Joseph has been [neutralized].

Izu Joseph was [neutralized] in his hometown of Okaki in oil-rich southern Bayelsa state.

The footballer’s father said Joseph was accidentally [neutralized] by troops battling Niger delta militants on Sunday.

Initial reports said Joseph was [neutralized] at a restricted area by soldiers on a raid.

His identity was only established after he had been [neutralized] by the Nigerian army.

The powerful central defender joined Shooting Stars from Bayelsa United when the Ibadan club were still in the second-tier Nigeria National League.

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

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The Sports Writers Association (SWAN) commented: “It is indeed a great loss not only to 3SC, but also to the football fraternity in Nigeria.”

It urged government to beef up security across the country to prevent a “Recurrence of the avoidable incident that claimed the life of our valuable footballer, Izu Joseph.”

Nigerian troops are currently prosecuting a war against militants in the Niger delta region.