Shiite, Police clash: Channels TV condole with Owolabi family over son’s death
Late Precious Owolabi
The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist, this is according to a statement on the station’s website.
Precious Owolabi, 23, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
The station prayed that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.
Recall that the heavily armed protesters defying all sense of decency violently attacked innocent citizens and Police personnel on duty in a violent protest by members of the El-Zazakky group involving over three thousand (3000) of its followers took.
According to the NPF, in the process, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A.K Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters.
The officer who was immediately rushed to the hospital died moments later while receiving treatment.
The violent protesters also razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and two (2) vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Police have arrested fifty-four (54) suspects in connection with the incidents. The suspects are undergoing interrogation and will be arraigned in court as soon as possible.
The IGP, while commiserating with the family of the late DCP, condemns the incident and warns that Enough-is-Enough as the Force and the nation at large will not continue to suffer losses on account of reckless and lawless persons and groups in the society.