The protest by the Shiites turned violent when police officers clashed with the protesters. The police started firing teargas and life bullets to disperse the crowd.
Owolabi is said to have died after several hospitals refused to treat him.
This was revealed by a colleague of the deceased, Chamberlain Usoh, while speaking on Channels TV live on Tuesday morning.
"Given what transpired, there are many ifs and buts because following the accounts of how he eventually lost his life, when he was shot and the stray bullet hit him, they had been taken him to several hospitals and it is one of the issues that we raise consistently on this programme, how that needs to become history in this country where when people taken to the hospital, the hospitals for one reason or the other, you find out that for one reason or the other, treatments cannot be administered on accident victims because in many cases, it is not fault of theirs.The violent protest also led to the death of over a dozen Shiites and a Deputy commissioner of police.
"We do know that we have taken the former minister of health on this issue and he said that the hospitals have got to treat these. The national assembly also waded in on this particular. It turns out that it is not yet been fully implemented"
The police were pictured evacuating corpses of Shiites protesters who were shot dead.
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