The remains of Corp member Precious Owolabi has been transported to his parents. The 23-year-old Channels reporter was killed during the violent clash between Shi’ite members and the Nigerian police in Abuja yesterday July 22nd. His death has led to an outrage on social media.
Commenting on the death of the corps member, a Channels TV source told The Nation, “they are taking the Corpse of Precious Owolabi to his parents in Zaria now.”
On Owolabi being rejected by hospitals in Abuja after being brought in for treatment, he said;
“It is not true. He was taken to Amana Hospital in Area 8 which happens to be Channels Staff Clinic and after examining him, he was referred to Garki or National Hospital and because Garki was closer, he was taken to Garki but unfortunately, the Surgeon to operate him was not on ground.
“After the doctors stabilized him, he was taken to National hospital but he later died.”
NYSC authorities in its statement confirming the death of the corps member, said;
The Management of National Youth Service Corps is deeply saddened with the sudden and unfortunate death of Owolabi Precious Ayo, FC/18C/5226, whose untimely death occurred while on official assignment during Shiite protesters/police clash in Abuja.
Until his death, Precious owolabi, was a corp member with Channels TV. A graduate of Performing Arts from the University of Ilorin who was loaded with good prospects in the journalism profession.
We join the entire family of Owolabi in this moment of grief and pray that the Almighty God console them and repose the soul of the departed.
It has also been confirmed, that the Deputy commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT police command, DCP Usman Umar has been buried. This is in accordance with the Muslim rites. He was another victim of the clash.