The Nigeria Professional Footballers Association (NPFA) has said it plans to stage a protest on the killing of Shooting Stars FC defender, Izu Joseph.
According to the Secretary-General of the organisation, Austin Popo, Izu was ”murdered in cold blood”.
The Nigerian Army however claimed the footballer was found close to a cultist shrine when he was shot.
Popo claimed that he personally conducted an on-the-spot investigation of the incident before coming to his conclusion.
“I went to Okaki village with colleagues in order to establish the facts on the murder of Izu,” he said, according to Vanguard.
“I was informed the soldiers had come to raid a shrine close to where Izu was murdered in cold blood. But to my greatest surprise, there was no shrine at all close to the stream.”
Popo disclosed that NPFA is to commence a protest in the coming week.
He said, “Justice is all that we ask for. It’s very sad that the soldiers who are meant to be securing lives and properties now derive joy in killing innocent civilians.
“We have written to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the house of representatives sports committee. Next week, we are going to commence our protest,” he added.