Nigeria: Police boss killed by Shiites militant group buried, as shot journalist dies
London, July 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)- Mr Usman Umar, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, short dead during a violent protest by members of the Shiites militant group in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital has been buried
Usman Umar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, was killed in the violence while two other senior officers were injured
Late DCP Umar was laid to rest late on Monday at Gudu cemetery in Abuja
meanwhile, Channels TV has announced the death of its reporter shot during the clash between the police and Shiite protesters in Abuja.
The reporter, Precious Owolabi was working with the TV station as a member of the National Youth Service Corps.
According to Channels TV, The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
The management and staff of Channels Television said they were greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.
Owolabi was the second death to be announced in connection with clash in Abuja today between Shiite protesters and the police
The militant Shiites, member of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenah, detained since December 2015.
A Shiite spokesperson said on Monday that 11 Shiites were killed by the police during the Monday protest.
“The heavily armed protesters defying all sense of decency violently attacked innocent citizens and police personnel on duty,” Mr Mba police spokesman said in a statement.