A corp member, Precious Owolabi serving with Channels TV has been confirmed dead after he was shot at a protest that turned violent between the members of the Shiites movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Police Force.
The late Owolabi was participating in the mandatory one year of service called National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) with Channels TV and was at the venue of the protest to cover it when he got shot in the stomach. He was rushed to the hospital but it was no use as the TV station announced during the news at 10 that he had passed on.
There have been questions though about why a 23-year old corp member was deployed to cover a protest that had been violent in the past. The Shiites have been clashing with the police since they started these chain of protests and it doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.
The protests started after the Nigerian military allegedly killed more than 300 shiites and arrested their leader. The leader has been in custody since his arrest back in 2016 with the federal government flaunting court injunctions to free him. His followers look determined to free him at all cost.
This protest though may just be the most brutal and publicised yet since it claimed the life of a corp member and that of a Deputy commissioner of Police who used to be an aide of the former Inspector General of Police.
The IG was summoned to the Presidential villa and given a mandate by the President to protect all Nigerians and that may have just been a subtle message not to allow the shiites create any more problems. We say RIP to the late corp member and hope normalcy returns to the capital soon.