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Precious Owolabi Dead: Channels TV reporter killed in police and Shiites clash

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Channels TV reporter, Precious Owolabi, is dead after hee was shot in the stomach during a clash by the police and Shiites in Abuja.

Protest staged by members of the Shiites movement turned bloody earlier today, July 22nd 2019, after some members of the movement engaged the police in a fierce gun battle at the Central Business District in Abuja.

At least four members of the group are said to have been killed in the capital Abuja, while also the Deputy Commissioner of police in charge of Operations at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, DCP Umar, was shot dead in the cross fire between police officers and protesting Shiites in Abuja.

During the shooting a corps member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Precious Owolabi – who was serving with Channels TV – was shot in the stomach, and multiple reports have it that he is dead.

The news was confirmed on Channels TV website. The news read:

“A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, is dead.

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.

The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.”

Many Nigerians have since taken to social media to air concerns over the killing of the young man. See reactions below;

Damilare Okunola – Nigeria is getting really unbearable to live in. See how people are getting killed on a daily basis. What kind of leader keeps quiet while his people get killed ALWAYS? We DO NOT WANT condolence press release, DO SOMETHING! We are ANGRY! Precious Owolabi 😭😩

Eric Yero – So sad an nysc coper working with @channelstv shot dead trying to cover footages of shites clash earlier today. R. I. P precious owolabi. What is wrong with this Nation. Someone gets a job admist highrate of unemployment and meets death because of insecurity & ignorance of govt.

Seven Sekani – Also because the Shiites refused to protest peaceful. What they have done today is something we should all be wary of. Both parties (The government and the Shiites) have contributed to the death of Precious Owolabi.

Funmi Falobi – My heart goes to the families of Precious Owolabi, Channels TV reporter, a corp member, and DCP Usman Umar who lost their lives today while on duty during Shiites protest in Abuja. May God rest their souls.

FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI – Let it be on record that Precious Owolabi died because a certain democratic Government led by a Dictator refused to obey a simple court order. I hope the Govt doesn’t wait for more casualties before they find a peaceful resolution to this Shiites crisis.

About Ayeni Tolulope

Ayeni Tolulope is a fine-grained Journalist, Writer, Digital Media Strategist. He has been a member of the Fourth Estate for three years. He worked with LailasNews for over a year.