Nigeria: Journalist killed in shooting at protest in Abuja

Regent Africa Times journalist Alex Ogbu was shot and killed on Tuesday, 21 January in the Nigerian capital, Abuja while covering a protest march by the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria.  The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in demanding an independent and in-depth investigation into this death and to bring Ogbu’s killers to justice.

Nigerian police officers stand in the streets of Abuja during clashes with members of the shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) on July 22, 2019. The Shiites are protesting against the detention of IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky. Six Shiite protesters were killed in clashes with Nigerian police in the capital Abuja, witnesses told AFP on July 22. Kola SULAIMON / AFP

Journalist Alex Ogbu, was covering the Shiite protest in the capital Abuja, when he was shot and killed allegedly by a bullet that was fired by the police at the scene.  According to local sources, the police fired “teargas canisters and live ammunition at random," at the protesters.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ Federal Capital Territory, Emmanuel Ogbeche, said in a statement: “It is heart rending to know that yet another journalist was killed in this seeming unending orgy of bloodletting in Abuja and other parts of the country. Is this a pattern where journalists become victims in the legitimate pursuit of their profession as reporters?

The Secretary General of the IFJ, Anthony Bellanger said: “We condemn this indiscriminate use of lethal force which caused an unnecessary loss of life. This is one killing too many and the authorities in Nigeria must do their utmost to ensure that those responsible for the killing of Alex Ogbu are arrested and brought to justice. The Nigerian Government must ensure journalists’ safety while covering protests. “

On 23 July 2019,another journalist, Precious Owolabi, was covering a protest of the Shiite Islamic Movement when he was hit by a stray bullet that killed him instantly. 



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