FCT Police denies shooting Sowore


The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has denied that any of its officers shot the former presidential candidate and publisher of online news medium, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was reportedly shot on Monday by a female police officer at the Unity Fountain in Abuja while preparing to hold a rally with some associates against insecurity in the country.

It was gathered that Sowore was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a police operative in Abuja. Footage of the incident showed Sowore falling on the ground after the canister hit him.

The spokesperson for the command, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement said contrary to the report, police operatives deployed in the scene professionally restored calm at the protest venue.

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The statement titled ‘Police restores calm at the Unity Fountain’ reads, “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.”