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5th journalist shot dead in Edo state in six years

*NTA’s Lawrence Okojie is latest victim

Mr. Lawrence Okojie, a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Benin, was allegedly shot dead by gunmen on Saturday night in the Edo state capital. This brings to five reporters killed in the last six years in the state.

Okojie was said to have been killed around Ogunola junction, off Siluko Road. The spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the report, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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 who were joined by some family members on a search mission, discovered his corpse in a morgue in Benin on Sunday night.

As at press time, the circumstances surrounding the death of the reporter are still sketchy. The police have, however, promised to thoroughly investigate the matter. Okojie’s death brings to five the number of journalists killed in the state in the last six years.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is yet to officially react to the latest tragedy.

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