NUJ Blows Hot Over Death of Channels TV Reporter

By: Onimisi-Momoh

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has on Monday expressed deep sadness over the death of a journalist, Precious Owolabi.

Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels TV, was among those killed in a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the police in Abuja.

The NUJ in a statement credited to its Chairman Emmanuel Ogbeche, described his death as one too many; stressing that it was another sad day for the journalism profession in Nigeria.

The statement reads, “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.

“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 a lastiing resolution to the grievances of the IMN to avoid further deaths in the country.

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