NHRC Visits Channels TV Over Precious Owolabi’s Death

Precious Owolabi's Family Asks FG To Immortalise Their Son

 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday paid a condolence visit to Channels Television’s office in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The visit comes three weeks after the 21-year-old journalist died from gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on July 22.

READ ALSO: Final Journey Of Late Precious Owolabi

While demanding for a transparent and conclusive investigation, Mr Anthony Ojukwu promised to work with the station as Nigerians await police probe into Owolabi’s tragic death.

Although the young corp member’s funeral was held at the Wusasa cemetery in Zaria, prominent Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari have commiserated with the management of Channels Television and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

NYSC members and staff of the station were on ground to ensure that Owolabi was given a befitting ceremony.

Notably present at the funeral service is the Director-General of NYSC who was represented by a Director in the corps.

Precious Owolabi’s Family Asks FG To Immortalise Their Son

 

The parents of late Precious Owolabi are appealing to the Federal Government to immortalise their son with award a national honour.

They also asked the government to investigate the incident which led to the death of their son who was hit by a stray bullet during a clash between the Shiites and the police on Monday last week in the nation’s capital.

Owolabi’s parent made the appeal on Tuesday when the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, led other management staff of the organisation on a condolence visit at their residence in Zaria, Kaduna State.

READ ALSO: Final Journey Of Late Precious Owolabi 

While commiserating with the family, Mr Momoh is optimistic that the death of the young corps member who was on a national assignment at Channels Television as a youth corps member will not go in vain.

He also pledged the support of the management of Channels Television towards publishing some of the literary works of late Precious whom he described as an unpublished playwright.

The Channels TV boss, who prayed for the repose of the young journalist’s soul, described the circumstances leading to his untimely death as very unfortunate and condemnable.

He also wants Precious’ killers fished out and brought to book by relevant agencies.

The father of the slain young journalist, Mr Ayo Owolabi, thanked the management of Channels Television for the condolence visit and the support given to their late son while he was serving with the media organisation.

During the visit, General Secretary of the National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria, Mr Issa Aremu, presented condolence letters to Owolabi’s family and the management of Channels Television.

On the entourage of Mr Momoh are Channels TV’s Controller of Programmes, Mr Ambrose Okoh; Controller News (Northern Operations), Mr Bashir Adigun; and Sunrise Daily presenter, Mrs Muape Ogun –Yusuf.

PHOTOS: Osinbajo Pays Condolence Visit To Family Of Late Precious Owolabi

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday paid a condolence visit to the family of late Precious Owolabi at their residence in Zaria.

The Vice President was accompanied by the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Ibrahim Shuaibu, traditional rulers and other government officials.

Mr. Ayo Owolabi, father of the late Precious described the visit of the Vice President as encouraging.

He said the Federal Government’s support has brought some measure of relief to the family at a time like this.

Below are videos and photos from the visit.

 

Final Journey Of Late Precious Owolabi

 

The funeral service of late Precious Owolabi has held in Kaduna state. 

Precious a Youth Corp Member who was killed while serving with Channels Television.

He died after a stray bullet hit him during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites and the police on Monday.

READ ALSO: Channels TV Holds Service Of Songs In Honour Of Precious Owolabi

The young corp member’s funeral was held at the Wusasa cemetery in Zaria.

Member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and staff Channels Television were on ground to ensure that Owolabi was given a befitting ceremony.

Notably present at the funeral service is the Director-General of NYSC who is being represented by a Director in the corps.

PHOTOS: Channels TV Holds Service Of Songs In Honour Of Precious Owolabi

 

Channels TV held a Service of Songs in honour of Precious Owolabi, a Youth Corp Member, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Owolabi was killed by a stray bullet during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites and the police on Monday.

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The event held at the Channels Television Premises, Guzape District, Abuja.

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Ganduje Mourns With Channels TV, Seeks Justice Over Precious Owolabi’s Death

 

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has condoled with Channels Television over the death of Precious Owolabi.

The late Owolabi, a serving corp member with Channels Television was hit by a stray bullet on Monday during a clash between the Police and members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja.

In a statement signed by the governor says, “On behalf of myself, the government and good people of Kano state, I condole with the Management and entire staff of Channels Television over the death of its reporter, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by a stray bullet on Monday in Abuja during a violent clash between the police and members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“I was deeply saddened by the untimely death of this budding journalist who is an NYSC member serving with the television.

“Please convey my heartfelt condolences to his family on this great loss of a young man serving his dear nation and trying to cut his teeth in the noble profession.

“I observe with concern that the growing attacks on journalists encroach on the freedom of the press and it behoves on the government and other stakeholders to punctiliously work towards laws and provisions that will guarantee the safety and security of journalists in the line of duty”.

Governor Ganduje called on relevant authorities to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“I call on relevant authorities to ensure justice triumphs in the matter by bringing everyone complicit in the matter to book.

“Once again, accept my sincere condolences”.

PHOTOS: Body Of Precious Owolabi Being Moved Home For Burial

 

The body of Precious Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels Television, has been released from the morgue at the National Hospital Abuja.

Among those present to pay their last respect to the late Owolabi, was the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), some corps members and his colleagues and friends.

His body is being transported to his hometown in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Owolabi died after he was hit by a stray bullet while covering a protest involving members of the Shiite group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Read Also: Chairman Channels Media Group Seeks Probe Of Owolabi’s Killing

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Buhari Condoles With Channels TV Over Death Of Precious Owolabi

Precious Owolabi

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condoled with Channels TV management and the family of Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member who died from a gunshot wound sustained during a clash between members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and the police.

He also condoled with the Nigeria Police leadership over the death of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, of the FCT Command who died during the violent clash.

READ ALSO: Precious Owolabi’s Death Another Sad Day For Journalism – NUJ FCT

President Buhari expressed his condolence in a tweet on his official handle @MBuhari

He said the commitment of the deceased NYSC member and the police officer is saluted “even in this time of grief.”

He also reassured Abuja residents to go about their lawful activities adding that law enforcement agencies are taking action to safeguard the nation.

 

See President Buhari’s Tweets below…

Owolabi, 23, died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.

He was until his death, an NYSC member with Channels TV.

Also, a police communique issued by DCP Frank Mba on Monday confirmed the death of Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations at the FCT Command, Usman Umar.

According to the statement, two Assistant Superintendents of Police were also injured in the clash.

‘I Just Can’t Get Over It’, Adesina Reacts To Death Of Channels TV Staff

 

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has expressed sadness over the death of a corp member, Precious Owolabi, who was a staff of Channels Television.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he said he couldn’t get over the news because it reminded him of how he also started his career as a young journalist.

“I couldn’t get over it. I started my career as a journalist, 33 years ago as a youth corp member at the Lagos Television and that is what he is doing…exactly the way I started is the way he is starting and I just can’t get over it.

“Imagine that as a youth corp member at a television station 33 years ago, I’d been killed in the field of duty.

“No man should lose his life that way. It is very sad and very dolorous for our country and this is what I call fratricide… brothers killing brothers. It need not happen, it should not happen,” he said.

The president’s aide also condoled with the police for the loss of the DCP as well as the Shiites for the loss of their members.

He said, “Let me start by condoling with Channels Television on the sad loss of the reporter, condoling with the police on the loss of the DCP and all those that have been lost earlier in these series of clashes and even with the Shiites group because life does not need to be wasted wantonly and that is what we have seen in this Shiite protests.

“If you are human, the death of anybody will diminish you”.

Precious Owolabi’s Death Another Sad Day For Journalism – NUJ FCT

Precious Owolabi

 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has described the death of Precious Owolabi of Channels TV as one too many.

Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels TV, was amongst those killed in a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites and the police in Abuja on Monday.

READ ALSO: Corp Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash

The NUJ in a statement signed by Chairman, Abuja Chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche expressed deep sadness over Owolabi’s death, stressing that it was another sad day for the journalism profession in Nigeria.

“The death of Precious Owolabi signifies how brutish and short life has become in Nigeria and signposts the danger faced by journalists daily in carrying out the constitutional mandate of holding government and its officials accountable to Nigerians,” Ogbeche said.

According to Ogbeche, the federal government should take responsibility for the senseless death of Owolabi as it was its constitutional duty to safeguard his welfare and security as well as those of other Nigerians.

He called on the federal government to demonstrate its seriousness in addressing the pervading insecurity by finding an amicable resolution to the grievances of the IMN to avoid further needless deaths in the country.

The NUJ chairman said that while death was inevitable, journalists should always take into account the environment they were reporting from and not become the ‘story.’

Ogbeche expressed the hope that the government will compensate the family of the deceased who was on a national assignment.

The NUJ prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest while condoling with his family, Channels TV, and journalists in general.