What Really Transpired The Day Comrade Alex Ogbu Died?

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On Wednesday 22nd January, 2020, the media community woke up to a devastating news of the brutal death of Comrade Alexander Ameh Ogbu, a quintessential journalist and a trade unionist per excellence.

Sahara Reporters and Vanguard online were among the first media outlets to break the news.

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Sahara Reporters had specifically reported that, “A middle-aged man has been shot dead by the police in Abuja during a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as ‘Shiites’.

“The incident occurred at the Berger roundabout on Tuesday 21st January, 2020 when armed policemen opened fire on the protesters.

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“It was gathered that the victim was hit by bullet on the head and died on the spot. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“Another person was said to have been shot on the leg.

“As at time of filing this report, the area had been deserted as people ran for fear of being hit by police bullets.

It also reported that, “Secretary of the Academic Forum of the Movement, Abdullahi Musa, confirmed to SaharaReporters that the victim was not their member.

“He went ahead to condemn the brutality of the police for killing an innocent citizen for just no reason.

“Calls put across to the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Command, Anjuguri Manzal, were not answered.” Sahara Reporters concluded.

However, the police authority has denied the allegation that Comrade Alex was shot dead in the head by the police. They said it was an accident.

Accordig to Comrade Peter Adejobi, the organising Secretary of the Socialist Workers and Youth League SWL, that was part of the visit to the police station. He said, “We just came came out of DCO crime of Utako Police station who briefed the wife and the family members, comrades from SWL that he said he personally led the team that took the body of com. Alex to mortuary.

“He gave account of what led to his death as Alex fell down while running from the Shite protesters and hit his head on a sharp object that led to Alex death .the police accepted that there should be autopsy and they also agreed that the family should come with their pathology.

“It was agreed that the autopsy should be carried out tomorrow finally the wife and the younger brother were made to write statement.”, he concluded.

Coalition of investigative journalists were there to witness the autopsy. Informavores reports that the autopsy did not go on as scheduled.

We were however allowed to see the corpse of the deceased and also talked to their family members and the family members of the other person that was shot in the leg.

The wife of the deceased and other family members had vowed to get to the root of the matter as they strongly believe that Comrade Alex was shot dead by the police.

The family member of the other person that was shot on the leg that want to remain unanimous said, ” I am a civil servant and the person that was shot is also a civil servant.

He suddenly became infuriated as he did not allow us to talk to the victim directly.

He said, “I don’t want this story in the media again. I know what I went through before we were able to bring him and the dead man (referring to Comrade Alex) to the hospital here. We have to even call the commissioner of police.

Our son said that, ” when the policeman pointed gun at me I was shouting that I am a VIO officer and I even showed them my cap but they shot me on the leg

Ordinary people die this way every time in Nigeria as a result of police unprofessionally, and nothing is ever heard about it again. But Comrade Alex is no ordinary citizen of Nigeria.

This is what Baba Aye had to say about him, “Yesterday, the police felled Comrade Alex Ogbu, journalist, trade unionist, pan-Africanist, author and a member of the Socialist Workers & Youth League (SWL).

“This was when the police opened fire on protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. From the account of Sahara Reporters, Alex appears to have been killed by a stray bullet. But this still leaves a number of questions begging for answers, including why live ammunition should be used by the police to disperse demonstrations.

“Alex joined what then was the Socialist Workers Movement just as the process leading to its merger with the Socialist League, to form the SWL in 2011 began, in Abuja. Some of our comrades in Lagos who had worked politically with him as a journalist had recommended him to us. So, when he moved to Abuja, we reached out to him and fully welcomed him into the organisation.

“He was editor of the African Herald Express between 2009 and 2012. During this period, I ran the column “Inside & Out” during his watch. When Maurice Iwu, who it appears to have put in quite some money into the paper served out his time at INEC, the paper ran into troubled waters and folded up. Alex at the time relocated from Utako to Bwari where he lived until he was dastardly killed.

“In the first quarter of 2013, Alex became the first full-time organiser of the SWL Abuja branch. A year and a half.”, he concluded.

In 2012 while he was the editor of African Herald Express. I had also worked with him as a subeditor for the Information and Communicate Technology, ICT news. Since then, we’ve been working closely on different project’s

There is growing anger and impatience as the body of Comrade Alex still lies cold in the morgue.

The fact that there are multiple sources of i-witness accounts and reports of police opening live ammunition on the protesters points more accusing fingers at the police.

The fact that there is still another victim of gun shot from the same event in the same National Hospital where Comrade Alex” s corpse lies cold may nullifies police claim of innocence of the matter.

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Abdulrahman Obaje
Abdulrahman Obaje
Prince Abdulrahman Obaje is a Media and ICT Consultant, Journalist, online marketer, social media strategist, Mathematician and Computer Scientist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Founder and the Publisher of The Informavores!. You can reach me on +234 805 939 5252 or send i-witness report directly to me on news@informavores.com.ng.

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