The family of the slain ex-defender of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Ibadan, Izu Joseph, on Monday petitioned Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State over 8-month salary and 21 match bonuses owed the deceased by the club.
Newsmen recalled that Izu who hails from Rivers State was holidaying in Bayelsa State, when he was allegedly killed by men of the Nigerian Army after he was allegedly found with cultists.
The Army, it was learnt, had marked the area ‘red’.
The family of the deceased in a letter, signed by Reuben Izu Jnr, copy of which was obtained by newsmen Tuesday morning, urged the state government to assist the family in meeting its financial needs.
Izu Jnr, in a telephone conversation with newsmen, noted that the letter was resent to the Governor on Monday because the first letter which was also forwarded to Speaker of the State House of Assembly, failed to yield result.
He said, “The family wrote the letter concerning the poor handling of the death of Izu Joseph by the 3SC management.
“We had written a letter earlier sent to the governor; it was received by his CSO on 12th September 2017.
“A copy was sent to the Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly on the same 12th; It was received by Mr Obayemi in the office of the Speaker.
“We wrote this second letter over the 8 months salary and 21 months match bonuses owed him by the management.”
Full text below…
Senator Abiola Ajimobi
Executive Governor of Oyo State
APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT
My name is Reuben izu Jnr., I am from Okarki community of Ahoada west LGA in Rivers state, I represent the family of IZU REUBEN MARTIN.
We write to apeal to your Excellency for financial assistance to enable his family (wife and daughter) find there fit out of the hard conditions the death of their father IZU JOSEPH the Nigerian footballer who was murdered by men of the Nigerian army in Okarki town in ahoada west. Your Excellency sir his daughter who is a minor age 9yrs old is already having setback in her education and her mother relocating to the village to try to make a living.
We are appealing to your Excellency to help us within your abiliy to enable us train his daughter and pursue justice for our son who was until his death an indigene of Rivers state playing with shooting stars FC of Ibadan(3sc) who are still owing him eight (8 month’s salary and twenty one (21) match bonuses.
Your kind support towards our family will be greatly appreciated as we look forward to a favorable response.
Thanking you in anticipation for your support as we know that your good works in the state have affected the lives of many oyo state indigenes and Nigerians at large. You are God sent and may the Almighty God continue to guide you through out your tenure as Governor of Oyo state.
Reuben Izu Jnr
For the family”