By Temitope Owotoki
Precious Owolabi. the Channels Television reporter shot at the scene of the clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), better known as Shiites, and the police is dead.
Owolabi, whose death was announced during the 10pm news bulletin of the station on Monday, was a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Usman Umar, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of operations at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was also killed in the incident. Three police officers are said to be in critical condition.
Also, Abdullahi Musa, Spokesman of the sect, said 17 Shi’ites were shot dead by the Police while many of those injured were arrested on the hospital beds.
Security operatives and members of the sect had clashed around the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
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.