Police speak on shooting Sowore during rally

Omoyele Sowore granted bail

Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have reacted to the viral claims of gunning down the publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore during a protest rally in Abuja.

FCT police spokesperson Mariam Yusuf in a statement said the clarification followed reports that Mr Sowore was shot during a #RevolutionNow protest by a female assistant commissioner of police at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

Sowore himself had also made the allegation on Twitter. He was reportedly injured from teargas canisters which were fired by the police.

“There is no record of such incident as at the time of this report,” Yusuf said.

She also said police operatives had professionally restored calm at the Unity Fountain following attempts by a group of protesters to incite public disturbance.

Sowore shot at rally

The spokesperson added that the protesters were resisted by police operatives to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.

She enjoined FCT residents to remain calm and law abiding and pledged the commitment of the police to protect lives and property within the FCT.

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