Barely two months after unknown gunmen suspected to be armed robbers shot and killed a journalist in Bayelsa State, a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Benin Network Centre, Lawrence Okojie, has been reportely killed by suspected armed robbers.
Okojie, who was said to have been shot on Satruday night shortly after he was dropped off after work around Oguola Junction, off Siluko Road, a few metres from his house, was said to have called his heavily pregnant wife that he was trekking home from the junction, but did not arrive home after the call.
The curiosity of the apprehensive wife heightened when she could not see her husband arrive home after several hours which made her to alert neighbours within the area.
The body of late of Okojie was later found at the scene of the incident.
A statement by the State Council of the NUJ signed by its chairman, Sir Roland Osakwe, who expressed pain over the murder of Okojie, urged the police to ensure that his killers were brought to book.
“He was a humble, hardworking and committed member of the Union who took his job very seriously.
“The Union is calling on police and all security agencies to fish out the killers of this young man whose life have been cut short leaving his family in anguish.
“Is this the result for hard-work as journalists? We are pained because just few months ago, a journalist was gunned down by unknown gunmen in Bayelsa state.
“We are harmless professionals with constitutional responsibilities to inform, educate and entertain the people of our great country Nigeria.
“It is the duty of security agencies to provide needed security as we carry out these responsibilities for a better society,” Osakue said.
When contacted on phone, the State Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, DSP Moses Ikombe, confirmed the death of Okojie.
Nkombe also disclosed that one person had been arrested in connection with the killing.