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Gunmen shoot at AIT journalist in Bayelsa

Gunmen are reported to have shot a reporter with the Africa Independent Television (AIT) , Owe Patience, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The reporter was said to have been shot at close range.

She was shot along Edepie area of Yenagoa by the gunmen who dispossessed her of her mobile phones, cash and other valuables.

Owei, who covers the Government House, was attacked at about 10.30pm on Friday while returning home from a church service, Shilloh 2017, organised by the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, where she is a member.

The spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development.

Butswat said investigation into the incident had commenced.

Details of the journalist’s state were not given. However, Nigerian journalists have been an endangered specie since the days of military administration. Several have been maimed, killed and physically attacked.

As at the time of going to the press, no official statement has emanated from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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