Lawmaker Tables Petitions Against Police Over  Journalist’s Death

Lawmaker Tables Petitions Against Police Over Journalist’s Death

David Ugbabe

A petition was brought before the Senate during a plenary session on Tuesday following an alleged killing of a journalist, Alex Ogbu, by the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force during a demonstration by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in Abuja.

The victim was said to have been assigned to cover the protest in Abuja, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, where he was shot in the head by a police personnel.

According to Senator Abba Moro representing te Benue South Senatorial district who brought the petition, the autopsy carried out on the deceased showed that he died from bullet wound in the head.

“Mr. Alexander Ogbu was shot and killed by trigger-happy Policemen who used live ammunition to disperse protesters and ended up killing and maiming innocent citizens going about their legitimate businesses,” the petition read.

Moro explained that Ogbu was not the only victim at the scene as another by-stander was shot on the leg despite identifying himself as a Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) and not a protester.

He noted that “This was confirmed by the media and eyewitness account and further buttressed by the spokesperson of the FCT Command in media reports that men of the Nigeria Police Force shot at protesters.

“When the police insisted that it was not the police that killed him, the woman insisted and took the case to the hospital and postmortem was done and it was discovered that the man died of gunshot.

“And so Mr. President, the woman is insisting that the police having killed her husband and their breadwinner, to take responsibility for the upkeep of the family and of course, apologize to the family for taking away their bread winner.”

Meanwhile, the petition was later referred to by committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

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