Precious Owolabi, 23, who was interning with ChannelsTV as a reporter, was shot dead as police clashed with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise referred to as Shiite, in Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative capital, on Monday, July 22, 2019.
The deceased said to be a corps member serving with Channels Television, died at the hospital he was rushed to, over the gunshot wound he sustained during the violent clash.
This is coming after the senior police office in- charge of Operations at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, DCP Umar, was also confirmed dead during the confrontation.
Owolabi was serving out a mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program with the television station. He was hit by a stray bullet to his stomach.
NYSC member attached to Channels TV killed during Shiites and Police clash. RIP Precious Owolabi.
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“The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja”, ChannelsTV reported.
The statement from the broadcast station would add that: “The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
“We pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest”.
Recent clashes between Shiites and the police have played out in pristine Abuja, the seat of government in Nigeria.
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