Johannesburg - Precious Owolabi, a reporter for the privately owned Channels TV, was fatally shot during a protest in Abuja, Nigeria, earlier in the week prompting the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to call for an immediate "swift and credible investigation".
The 23-year-old was shot while covering a confrontation between Shiite Muslim protesters and Nigerian police on Monday. He died the same day in a hospital. Members of the religious sect had been protesting over the detention of Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
"Journalists should never be targeted during the course of their work, and when members of the press are harmed, those responsible must be held accountable," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal on Friday.
"A swift and credible investigation into the shooting that killed Precious Owolabi is critical for journalists in Nigeria to believe the government is committed to their safety."
Channels TV said that Owolabi was working at the station as part of Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps, a one-year work assignment carried out by all graduates before the age of 30.