UPDATE: Police Refutes Claims That a Member of the Command Shot Omoyele Sowore
The FCT police command has refuted allegations that a female member of the command shot activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, during a protest against the spate of insecurity in the country, at the Unity Fountain Abuja today, 31st May, 2021.
Earlier, a lawyer and human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, took to his Facebook and Twitter page to outrightly condemn the incident.
The spokesperson for the command, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement said contrary to the report, police operatives deployed to the scene professionally restored calm at the protest venue while also reaffirming its commitment towards the protection of lives and property within the state, as well as urged residents to remain calm and law-abiding.
The statement reads;
“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 in order 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.”