A reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Benin, Lawrence Okojie, was allegedly shot dead by gunmen on Saturday night [July 8, 2017] in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Mr. Okojie was said reported to have been killed around Ogunola Junction, off Siluko Road.
The spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the report, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.
NAN gathered that the late Okojie, who was dropped off by NTA staff bus at Ogunola Junction around 8: 00 p.m. on Saturday, had called his wife on phone and informed her that he was on his way home.
It was, however, several hours later that the wife, after repeated calls to his phone without any response raised an alarm that her husband, who was supposed to have arrived home could not be reached.
It was gathered that some of his colleagues at NTA joined by some family members on a search mission, discovered his corpse in a morgue in Benin on Sunday night.
As at the time of filing in this report, the circumstances surrounding the death of the reporter are still sketchy.
The police have, however, promised to thoroughly investigate the matter.
NAN reports that Okojie’s death brings to five the number of journalists killed in the state in the last six years.
Two months ago, a Nigerian journalist was assassinated in his home in Bayelsa State.
Famous Giobaro, a journalist with Bayelsa Radio Corporation, Glory FM 97.1 Yenagoa, popularly known as the ‘Famous Man’ on Radio has been murdered in his home in the state’s capital.
The shocking crime was perpetrated by gunmen who stormed Giobaro’s apartment on INEC Road, Kpasia in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.