By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have denied shooting at Omoyele Sowore, an activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, in Abuja on Monday.
Mariam Yusuf, the spokesperson for the FCT Police, in a statement released on Monday afternoon, said that the police never had any confrontation with Sowore, adding that contrary to trending reports, operatives of the police professionally restored normalcy at the Unity Fountain, consequent to attempts by a group of protesters to disturb public peace.
Excerpts of her statement read, “FCT Police Command wishes to debunk the viral message in some sections of the social media purporting that ‘Omoyele Sowore was shot by a female Assistant Commissioner of Police’ at the Unity Fountain.”
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“The protesters, who went on the rampage, were resisted by police operatives in order to prevent them from causing a breakdown of law and order. There is no record of such incident as at the time of this release,” she said.
It was earlier gathered that a female police officer identified as ACP Atine had directly fired a tear gas canister at Sowore who was addressing protesters at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, inflicting burns on his skin, flowing which he was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he is receiving treatment.