The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has debunked reports that one of its operatives shot Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, in Abuja.
Mariam Yusuf, the command’s Public Relations Officer, made the rebuttal in a statement issued on Monday.
Reports emerged on Monday that Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was hit by a tear gas cannister after a female police officer reportedly pulled the trigger while protesters gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
But reacting, the police said its operatives did not shoot the activist, rather they restored calm and order at the public arena.
The statement read: “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 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.”