Channels TV Reporter Shot During Shiites Clash With Police Dies

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The Channels Television reporter, Precious Owolabi, shot during the clash on Monday between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), better known as Shiites, and the police in Abuja, has died.

His death was announced during the 10pm news bulletin of the station.

Owolabi was a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Although the police had restricted protest in the nation’s capital to Unity Fountain, supporters of Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of IMN, had vowed to continue to march on the streets of Abuja until he is released.

Zakzaky has been in detention since 2015 when some of his followers denied access to the convoy of Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, in Kaduna state. This led to a clash between soldiers and the sect members.

Leader of the movement was later arrested but some courts subsequently ordered his release but the federal government did not obey the orders.

Usman Umar, a deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations at the federal capital territory (FCT), was also killed during the clash.

Abdullahi Musa, spokesman of the sect, told the press that 17 Shi’ites were shot dead by the police while many of those injured were arrested on the hospital beds.

Policemen had opened fire on the protesters after the bid to calm them failed.

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