A young ChannelsTV reporter serving out his NYSC with the television station, was caught in the crossfire as police clashed with Shiite protesters in Abuja.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
El-Zakzaky has been complaining of a failing health at recent court appearances