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Police denies shooting Sowore; says it only tried to calm protesters on rampage

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has denied allegations that a female Assistant Commissioner of Police shot activist and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

The police force claimed the report is false.

NewsWireNGR had reported that Sowore was hit by a tear gas cannister during a protest at the Unity Fountain in the FCT on Monday morning.

He sustained injuries at the thigh area where the cannister hit him and has since been rushed to the hospital.

Narrating their own account of the incident, the spokesperson of the Command ASP Mariam Yusuf, in a statement, said the protesters attempted to incite public disturbance; thereby forcing the police to restore calm and order.

The statement read, “Contrary to the speculation, 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.”

The Command further advised residents to remain calm and law-abiding while reaffirming its commitment towards the protection of lives and property within the Federal Capital Territory.

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