The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has denied that any of its officers shot human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Monday.
Sowore had alleged that a female officer, CSP Atine, shot him at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.
“Just been shot by a police officer ACP Atine at the Unity Fountain in Abuja,” he wrote.
But the spokesperson for the command, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement on Monday said contrary to the report, police operatives deployed in the scene professionally restored calm at the protest venue.
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,toted by police opertorder 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.”