Nigeria Professional Footballers Association (NPFA) have insisted Shooting Stars defender Izu Joseph was murdered in cold blood.
The Nigeria army have announced the player was killed around a notorious cultists’ den.
But secretary general of the Nigeria Professional Footballers Association Austin Popo said he personally conducted an on-the-spot investigation of the incident.
“I went to Okaki village with colleagues in order to establish the facts on the murder of Izu,” he said.
“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 the union will fight that justice be done in this matter.
“Justice is all that we ask for,” he stated.
“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 on the pages of the newspapers.”