The FCT Command of the Nigerian Police has denied shooting Omoyele Sowore who was at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on a protest march with a band of his followers.
Social media posts had claimed that he was shot by a female police officer and was rushed to hospital for medical treatment. Lawyer and right activist, Inibehe Effiong posted a message on Twitter after the police tried to stop a protest on insecurity in the country.
Sowore was allegedly shot in the right side of the stomach towards the hip by gun-wielding policemen drafted to the Unity Fountain while speaking with a detachment of police officers stationed at public facility.
But the FCT 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.
“Contrary to the speculation, police operatives professionally restored calm at the Unity Fountain following attempts by a group of protesters to incite a public disturbance.
“The protesters, who went on the rampage, were resisted by police operatives to prevent them from causing a breakdown of the law and order. There is no record of such an incident as of the time of this release.
“The command enjoins residents to remain calm and law-abiding while reaffirming its commitment towards the protection of lives and property within the FCT,” a police statement said.
Protesters had converged on the fountain at 8:30am. But the police allegedly denied them entry into the facility.
Sowore has been having a brush with law enforcement agents since 2020 when he was arrested and detained for months by the Department of State Services.
He had called for a nationwide protest but was arrested on the eve of the demonstration in August 2020.
Sowore, a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters, was the candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 Presidential election