By Damola Emmanuel
Tears did not just rain, Thursday, when the remains of Precious Owlabi, a youth corps member/reporter with the Channels Television were returned to mother earth at the Wusasa Cemetery in Zaria, Kaduna States, tears poured and poured till it became a deluge.
Owolabi, 21, was hit and killed by a stray bullet when a protest by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Group, otherwise known as Shiites, turned violent on Monday, July 22, 2019..
Usman Umar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, was also cut down. He was killed during gunfire exchange between members of the sect and the police.
If he wasn’t killed, Owolabi would have finished his mandatory one-year national service in three months time.
That has now become history as he returned to his Maker on Thursday, buried at the Wusasa Cemetery Zaria, amidst the tears and wailing from his family members, fellow corps members, colleagues and friends. His remains were interred after a funeral service conducted at the graveside by clerics from the Apostolic Church.
Suleiman Aliyu, another National Youth Corps member serving with the Abuja-based Leadership Newspaper, was also shot during the gunfire exchange between the Shiites and the police.
The Crest could not ascertain his state of recovery as at the time of filing this report.