Nigerians are mourning the unfortunate death of a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Precious Owolabi, who was killed by a stray bullet when protesting members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the operatives of Police in Abuja on Monday.
Precious Owolabi, until his death, was a reporter with an award-winning television station Channels.
It was gathered that the 23-year-old promising journalist died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters at the Federal Capital Territory.
Some Nigerians who took to Twitter blamed his killing to the failure of the government to obey court orders on the continued detention of the leader of Shiites Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been held since December 2015.
The group had held several demonstrations calling for the release of their leader and his wife. Most of their protests were bloody in the last two months.
Rest In peace Precious Owolabi…i am gutted right now??
but those that sent u out there to cover such news, what were u guys thinking? A young chap on youth service who is still "unprofessional" and y'all put him in harms way all because of a STORY? Arrgghhhhhh?????
— Ebullient Emekah ? (@Megxo_official) July 22, 2019
A public affairs analyst, Dr. Joe Abah who expressed his sadness over the death of Nigerians during the protest called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to change its strategy in order to stop the further killing of Nigerians.
“I am saddened to hear of the death of many Nigerians yesterday in Abuja, including young Precious Owolabi, DCP Umar and members of the Shiite sect. Whatever strategy is being deployed by the State is clearly not working and needs to be rethought. May their souls Rest In Peace.”
Shitte killings: His name is Ayoola Precious Owolabi serving at channels TV, he was shot dead today in Abuja while serving his fatherland. Rest in peace @all4george @segalink @thepamilerin @AishaYesufu @renoomokri
— Emmanuel Alexander Obi (@JustEmmah_) July 22, 2019
Tobi said: “The death of Precious Owolabi is quite sad and avoidable. Dear @MBuhari, you keep treating the Shiites issue with kid gloves. This is a time bomb.”
The country is really not in a good shape.. Rest on PRECIOUS OWOLABI and pic.twitter.com/oqDiEgzosS
— Jay (@jay_scottt__) July 22, 2019
Another Twitter user, Oyin Baby, said, “Every good government values and protects its citizens life, talk more of when the citizen is supposedly under the ‘government’s watch and care” at the time of death. Precious Owolabi did not have to die. I hope the govt does the needful and compensates the family.”
Precious Owolabi, his crime was to serve his fatherland. The same fatherland failed him! He was killed by the people who are suppose to protect him. Nobody is save! This country is not safe. pic.twitter.com/sVJTGJFsCe
— Misinuola❣️#bbnaija (@Iam_Misola) July 23, 2019
Akukiper goes poetic by praying to God to grant the families of those who lost loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Nigerian authorities should investigate and ensure those responsible for his death are held accountable. https://t.co/VsSSRqMsug
— CPJ Africa (@CPJAfrica) July 22, 2019
“Be in the world as a stranger or a traveller. When you reach the morning doesn’t expect to reach the night and when you reach the night don’t expect to reach the morning. May God grant the family of Precious Owolabi and DC Umar the heart to bear their Loss,” he tweeted.
My condolences to precious owolabi's family, family of the late DCP and the family of the murdered shiites.
God please protect our family since the gov of Nigeria has become inept#NextLevel
— cadwig????? (@Dgreatponds) July 22, 2019
Izu who joined to mourn tweeted, “Precious Owolabi just joined the list of deceased all cause he’s working with Channels TV. It’s very terrible that after harsh years in school, parents won’t still enjoy the fruits of their labour. I pray he rests in peace but may God visit all those behind this crisis.”
To Chris, the death of Precious Owolabi could have been avoided if the police had not used maximum force, “The death of Precious Owolabi should never have happened. Under this administration, many avoidable deaths have occurred. This is heart-wrenching! A civil approach to settling the Shiite unrest issue should be taken. We can no longer continue this way. Time is ticking fast!”