March 10, 2020

Senate probes the killing of a Journalist during Shiite protest

Nigeria Senate

…Gets petition on the matter.

By Henry Umoru

THE Senate has begun a holistic probe into the killing of a Journalist during Shiite Protest who was allegedly shot by the Police.

Consequently, the Police have been dragged to the Senate over the killing of a Journalist assigned to cover a protest in Abuja.

In the petition received by the Senate yesterday, the Journalist was allegedly shot by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

The petition, which was presented yesterday at plenary by Senator Abba Moro, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Benue South), was referred to the Senator Ayo Akinyelure, PDP, Ondo Central led Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Senator Moro who came under a point of order, explained that the Journalist, Alex Ogbu, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, was shot on the head by a police personnel during a demonstration by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in Abuja.

According to the Senator,  an autopsy carried out on the body of the deceased journalist showed to the contrary that he died from bullet wound in the head.

Senator Moro said, “On Tuesday 21st January 2020, Mr. Alexander Ogbu, a peace loving man and journalist, was shot on the forehead by men of the Nigeria Police force with the intention to kill, and did kill him.

“This sad incident occurred at the scene of a protest led by members of the Shiite group in Abuja.

“During the protest, another by-stander was shot on the leg despite having identified himself as a Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) and not a protester.

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“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.

“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.

Giving a synopsis of the petition, Senator Moro said, “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, apologise to the family for taking away their bread winner.”

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter, sought clarification from Moro as to whether the wife, who is the petitioner, is presently seeking Judicial remedy before any court.

In his response to the Senate President, Moro disclosed that there was no suit before any court of law on the matter.