According to news making the rounds, a young ChannelsTV reporter serving out his NYSC with the television station has been confirmed dead after he was caught in the crossfire between the police and Shiite protesters in Abuja.
Identified as Precious Owolabi, the 23-year-old who was serving out a mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program with the television station was hit by a stray bullet to his stomach.
Confirming the report on its News At 10, the Channels TV newscaster stated that 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 in Abuja.
The statement added;
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 Abuja, the seat of government in Nigeria. Members of the Shiite sect have been protesting the arrest of their spiritual leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been in detention since 2015, following a bloody clash between Shiites and officers of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Reacting to the news, Nigerians took to their diverse Twitter pages to express their grievances over the death of the young journalist while also stating that it was an avoidable death if only the government has resolved the issue with the Shiites.
May the soul of Precious Owolabi rest in peace. May God console his family and comfort his friends. That could have been anyone, including any of our family members or friends who work around the 3 arms zone and environs in Abuja. Such a needless death. Resolve this madness now.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) July 22, 2019
Precious Owolabi came to Channels TV as a Youth Corper to serve his fatherland.
He was killed today due to the wickedness and vindictiveness of a certain Buhari.
May his soul rest in peace.
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) July 22, 2019
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of life due to the #Shiites protest in Abuja. Innocent Nigerians are becoming collateral damage
Nothing is greater than the safety and security of the Nigerian people. Can we just dialogue?
— FelaDUROTOYE (@feladurotoye) July 22, 2019
My condolences to the family of Precious Owolabi, the @channelstv reporter and @NaijaCorpers shot dead today during a Shiite-police clash in Abuja. President @MBuhari should act fast to “cool temper” all around. Nigeria is on the brink! My condolences too to DCP Umar’s family.
— Kingsley Moghalu (@MoghaluKingsley) July 22, 2019