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President Buhari condole with Channels TV and Nigeria Police over death of staff

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his deepest sympathy to Channels TV and the Nigeria Police Force, over the death of their staff, Precious Owolabi, a serving youth corp member, who was undergoing his primary assignment with the television station and also, Deputy Police Commissioner, Usman Umar, who also lost his life during protests by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Monday, (IMN), popularly known as Shi’ites.

The group is seeking the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in prison since 2015, to enable him travel abroad for treatment.

The statement reads; “I most deeply commiserate with the families of Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member with @channelstv, & Deputy Commissioner of @PoliceNG, Usman Umar, of the FCT Police Command, who died during the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja yesterday.

Condolences also to the management and staff of Channels TV, and the Police leadership, over the sad and regrettable loss. We salute their commitment to remaining steadfast and dedicated to their professional callings, even in this time of grief.

Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of majority of our citizens.

May the Almighty God grant rest to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.”