Channels TV Reporter, Precious Owolabi Shot Dead During Shiite & Police Clash In Abuja

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.

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