President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the families of the Channels Television reporter, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, who died during the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja on Monday.
Recall that members of IMN on Monday attacked emergency point of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA during their protest which led to the deaths of these two.
According to a statement made available and signed by Femi Adesina, a Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari urged management and staff of the television station and police leadership to remain steadfast and committed to their professional callings.
President Buhari added that the death of Owolabi and Umar was untimely, “sad, regrettable and worrisome,” as he described them as “law-abiding, hardworking and vibrant Nigerians with a promising future,”
“I assure residents of Abuja in particular and the country, in general, to go about their lawful activities without fear.
“The perpetrators of the mayhem will not go unpunished, stressing that no government can tolerate unceasing affront to constituted authority.
“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of majority of our citizens.
“I pray God Almighty to grant rest to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.”
Before their death, Precious Owolabi, was a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving at Channels Tv and Usman Umar was a Deputy Commissioner of Police.