Press Release – Shooting of AIT Reporter: IPC Calls for Thorough Police Investigations


The International Press Centre, Lagos-Nigeria is calling for thorough police investigations over the shooting of female Africa Independent Television (AIT) reporter, Miss Owei Patience by gunmen on Friday, 8th December 2017.

According to reports from The Nation online, “Owei, who covers the Government House, was attacked by gunmen at about 10:30 pm on Friday while returning from a church service. She was shot at close range and dispossessed of her mobile phones, cash and other valuables.”

The Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in a statement described the unfortunate occurrence as a great concern to the Nigerian media and its stakeholders.

“It is unfortunate that we almost lost one of our own in the media to gunmen. This again points to the security lapses in the Nigerian society which calls for a serious concern and thorough investigations by the Nigerian Police.”

IPC therefore calls the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa state to immediately investigate this attack as it is not the first of its kind. The culprits involved should be made to face the law.

IPC also appreciates the efforts being made by the Bayelsa state government to take up the medical bill of Owei’s treatment in the hospital.


Melody Akinjiyan

Program Assistant/Safety Desk Officer IPC