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The scene of the clash
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Shiite, Police Clash: Channels TV Reporter, 11 Others Die 

How Channels TV reporter, 11 others died during the police/Shiite clash in Abuja.

Funsho Akinwale

No fewer than 11 people, including members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Shiites, a Channels TV reporter, Precious Owolabi, and a Police DCP, Usman Umar, lost their lives in a clash between police and the Islamic group in Abuja on Monday.

Owolabi, a National Youth Service corps member attached to the TV station, died from gunshot wounds sustained while covering the clash between the uniformed men and the Islamic protesters.

The station, in a statement on its website, said: “The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

The Shiite leader
The Shiite leader

“They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.”

Leading to the clash, an eyewitness confirmed that attempts to stop the protesters from advancing beyond a certain stage in the capital territory made the police use fire arms, killing scores of the protesters in an area close to the federal secretariat.

Recall, the Islamic scholars have for the past three weeks embarked on peaceful protests at the National Assembly, calling for the release of their leader, Ibraheem Yaqub El-Zakzakya, who has been incarcerated on the order of the federal government since 2015.

Before now, the group appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to release Zakzakya on health grounds but the president has continued to turn a deaf ear to their plea.