Flying Eagles defender, Douglas Uzama, was on Thursday killed by cultists in Benin City, Edo State as security continues to worsen under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch.
His father, Mr. Jacob Uzama has narrated how his son met his untimely death. He said suspected cultists tricked his son away from home and killed him at a nearby bar.
Uzama was a member of the 2015 Golden Eaglets team. He played in the qualifiers for the 2015 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger, but did not make the final squads to the tournament and the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where Nigeria won their fifth title.
According to his father, he was expected to travel on January 10, 2017, to sign a deal with a club in Argentina.
He said his son, who is the last child of the family, went out from their No. 14 Apostolic Street, Off Sakponba Road, after he got a phone call from some friends. On getting to a nearby bar to join his friends, two boys materialised and shot Uzama at the back of his neck.
He died instantly, while the same boys went further to kill two other people on the same street.
“I was not at home when the incident happened but I was told that Douglas’ friends called him on phone and he went to meet them. When I got there, I met he was shot at the back of his head. His brother rushed him to Central Hospital but Douglas was dead before he got to hospital. We have deposited his corpse at a mortuary. We’ve also reported the matter to the police but we’ve not heard from them yet,” Jacob stated.
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, is yet to comment on Uzama’s death.
The left-back is the second Premier League player to be killed in 2016. Shooting Stars’ defender Izu Joseph was reportedly shot dead by soldiers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in October while also on holiday.
His club Gombe United has lamented Uzama’s untimely death.
“The rate of killings of innocent souls in Nigeria is reaching an alarming stage; we mourn the untimely and grim murder of Douglas Uzama. He nursed the dream of playing at the very top; for some thugs to brutally take his life at this stage of his career means the life of an ordinary Nigerian is at risk every day.
“We call on the security forces to hunt for Douglas Uzama’s murderers and bring them to book. They should be made to pay for this dastardly act and shall never be allowed to go scot free,” the club said in a statement.