Worried by the inability of the wife and daughter of the murdered former defender of Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, of Ibadan, Izu Joseph, to cope financially, his family has written the governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi to pay the 8-month salary and 21 match bonuses owed the deceased.
Izu, an indigene of Rivers State, was holidaying in Bayelsa State, when he was killed by men of the Nigerian Army after being allegedly found with cultists. The Army, it was learnt, had marked the area ‘red’.
The letter, a copy of which was made available to insideoyo.com, on Monday morning, reads (unedited).
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 there 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 months 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