Wife of Journalist allegedly killed by Police petitions Senate



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Wife of Journalist allegedly killed by Police petitions Senate

By Sanni Onogu, Abuja



 

Wife of a journalist who was alleged killed by the police during a Shiite’s protest in Abuja, on Tuesday petitioned the Senate.



The petition, which was presented to the upper chamber by Senator Abba Moro (Benue South), was said to have been authored by Mrs. Francisca Ogbu, wife of late Alex Ogbu.

Mrs. Ogbu insisted that the police having allegedly killed her husband and breadwinner should take responsibility for the upkeep of the family.

Senator Moro told the Senate that the late Journalist, Alex Ogbu, was on Tuesday, January 21st 2020, allegedly shot on the head when policemen used live ammunition to disperse a demonstration by the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja.

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

“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.

“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.”

Senator Moro further explained that “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 petition was referred by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition for further legislative work.

Wife of Journalist allegedly killed by Police petitions Senate

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