Rights Activist Shot Dead in Lagos

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Nigerian critic and human rights activist, Ovie Igbuku-Otu, has been shot dead in Lagos by unknown assailants, police said Saturday. 

Igbuku-Otu, who founded the Lagos-based Civil Rights Organization, was murdered late Thursday at his residence. 

The police officer, who asked not to be named, said that efforts were being made to arrest his killers and bring them to justice. 

The activist's security guard was also killed as the assailants forced their way into his residence, the reports said. 

The motive behind the killing of Igbuku-Oko, also a poet and one-time publisher of the defunct African Network magazine, was unknown. 

Earlier this month, suspected armed robbers killed three business executives here, including a Canadian managing director of a commercial bank. 

An upsurge in violent crimes, especially armed robbery, has hit Lagos, Nigeria's economic capital, in recent weeks. 

Earlier this month, authorities set up joint military-police patrols against armed robbers -- LAGOS (AFP)  

 

 

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