The violent clashes between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites and security operatives has been on the verge for over one week, which led to the untimely death of Precious Owolabi, a youth corps member serving with Channels TV.
Ayodeji Owolabi, younger brother of the late corps member has stated that the incident had left a vacuum in his life which could not be filled, adding that the decesed had some plans which had been aborted by his death.
“I felt bad that he died so early. I know bad things happen, but his death is devastating. We were close, though we attended different schools, but growing up, we had great bonds. We worked on things together.
“He was an introvert, had a small circle and was reliable. He was quite intelligent. He wasn’t showing much interest in education but all of a sudden, he became intelligent, hardworking and responsible,” the deceased brother stated.
The 18-year-old brother of the deceased, trying not to blame anyone for the sad occurrence, said Precious should not have been sent to cover the violent protest without adequate protective gadgets.
“There are some things to question; he wasn’t wearing protective gear as a reporter in a violent environment. I don’t really know how they do it; I don’t know if he was supposed to be sent there or not. I can’t really judge anyone, but it is painful that it ended like that. I wouldn’t blame anyone directly for his death,” he stated.
Ayodeji regretted that his late brother couldn’t fulfil his dreams of producing movies, adding that he planned to go into movie production after his NYSC programme.