The police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) say they have no record indicating that Omoyele Sowore, an activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, was shot in Abuja on Monday.
In a statement issued on Monday afternoon by their spokesperson in the FCT, Mariam Yusuf, the police denied any altercation with Mr Sowore.
“FCT Police 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.”
Ms Yusuf said contrary to the reports, “police operatives professionally restored calm at the Unity Fountain following attempts by a group of protesters to incite public disturbance.
“The protesters, who went on the rampage, were resisted by police operatives in order to prevent them from causing a breakdown of law and order. There is no record of such incident as at the time of this release,” she said.
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Ms Yusuf then urged residents to remain calm and law-abiding, reaffirming the police’s commitment to the protection of lives and property in the FCT.
Information Nigeria earlier reported how Mr Sowore sustained injuries after a female officer directly fired a tear gas canister at him.