…Military confirm probe of killer soldiers
…Corpse of 21yrs old man, shot in the head, discovered in the community river
…Ijaw Youths condemn killings
Angry kinsmen of the murdered 3SC central defender, Izu Joseph, at Okakhi community in Ahoada West Local Government area of Rivers State yesterday relieved the gory details about the last moments of the murdered footballer before he was shot dead by Soldiers on Sunday.
The angry indigenes, led by a clan head of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Goodleaf Osineme, the Deputy Youth Leader of the Community, Abie Samson and Comrade Jonah Wisdom, told Leadership during a visit to the troubled community, that the late Footballer was shot twice in the leg and the mid region despite pleading that he should not be killed as he was a footballer.
According to Jonah Wisdom,” when Izu heard the commotion and the shooting of guns, he stepped out and he was stopped at gun point by one of the soldiers. When he identified himself as a footballer and brought out his identification card, he was shot in the leg. Despite the gun shot he was still pleading for his life. Another soldier came and shot in the stomach.”
Wisdom, who led leadership to the spot where Izu was shot, said” the soldiers dragged him towards the Orashi River, about some meters away and dumped his body in it. They also shot a 21 years old boy, who was trying to swim across the river.”
“Okakhai has been known as a peaceful community and we have never had any case of criminality. The Federal Government must investigate and fish out the soldiers behind the gruesome murder of our sons and stars.”
Another close friend of the late footballer, who escaped the mayhem perpetuated by the soldiers, Akin Anthony, said Izu had few minutes before he was killed shared N1,000 each to almost twenty-eight youths and women around,” he was telling us that he was invited to the camp of the Super Eagles and he had to resume on Monday. He asked someone to go to his house and get his packed bag. But before the boy he sent came, he was shot by soldiers”
The indigenes of the Okakhi Community alleged that the soldiers were attached to a military point in Akhinama and led by a known soldier with the rank of a Major.
Corpse of 21 years old man fished out from Community River
Corpse of a 21 years man, identified as Oko Osuekina, was yesterday discovered in the Community River in Okakhi community.
According to Okakhi indigenes, the deceased was shot in the head by soldiers on Sunday while struggling to swim to safety during the armed invasion.
According to Collins John Osita, the Cousin to Anko Whiskey,” my brother was shot in the head by the rampaging soldiers. On Sunday, he was by the river washing his motorbike when he heard sounds of gun shots. He dived into the River and tried to swim to safety. But one of the soldiers aimed and shot him in the head.”
Leadership arrival at the community at about 11am coincided with the burial of Anko Whiskey by his friends and kinsmen,” the Federal Government must act quickly and fish out the soldiers behind the killings. We are a peaceful people.”
Military Authorities open probe into killing
The Acting Media Coordinator of the Joint Military Task Force, Navy Commodore Osuji confirmed yesterday that though the accused soldiers involved in the shooting that killed the footballer are not attached to the Operation Delta Safe(ODS).
Ijaw Youths condemn killing of Izu, others
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide received with shock and sadness the gruesome murder of two Ijaw youths: Shooting Stars of Ibadan football club defender, Joseph Izu and Oko Osuekina in Okarki Community, Ediro/Ogbologolo Clan in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
According to the IYC, in a statement issued yesterdat by the Publicity Secetary, Hon. Eric Omare ” This murder is highly condemnable and brings to the fore the disdain with which the Nigerian military treat Niger Deltans. The corpse of Oko Osuekina who was shot by military officers on his forehead at the same time with Joseph Izu was found floating on the Okarki River some few hours ago”.
“To demonstrate the impunity and unprofessional attitude of the military officers in the Niger Delta, the IYC leadership has just been informed by the IYC Clan Chairman of Ediro/Ogbologbo Clan, Mr. Solomon Harrison that at the time of issuing this press statement, the entire Okarki community is tense because the military was in the community intimidating villagers all through the night and shot sporadically into the community.”
“The IYC is at a lost as to the justification for the military impunity in Okarki Community. The military is behaving as if the Ijaw people of Okarki are not human beings. Our people are been treated like animals that must be killed with impunity.The IYC has always known the unprofessional attitude of the Nigerian military, hence we have been advocating against military action in the Niger Delta region.”
“From our experience, innocent people like the victims in this case are always at the receiving end of any military action instead of the supposed criminals that the military ought to go after. We strongly condemn this barbaric and criminal conduct of officers of the Nigerian military and call on all lovers of humanity to join in condemnation of this action. We also demand for the military officers who carried out this extra judicial murder to be brought to justice.”
“President Buhari’s government claim to the rule of law is on trial. The IYC sympathize with the Izu and Osuekina families who lost their loved ones, the people of Okarki Community and Ediro/Ogbologolo Clan. We shall stand with them in this trying times and ensure that those who killed Joseph Izu and Oko Osuekina are brought to justice”.