Information reaching RovingNaija indicates that publisher of Sahara Reporters and activist turned politician, Omoyele Sowore, was a victim of an attack by law enforcement agents in Abuja on Monday.
However, there are conflicting reports concerning what really transpired at the at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, where Sowore and some other activists had gathered to protest against the rising wave of insecurity and other political anomalies in the country through the #BuhariMustGo and #RevolutionNow campaign spearheaded by Mr. Sowore.
While some sources reported that the activist was hit by a teargas canister, another account, which was also confirmed on the official Twitter handle of the former presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) (@YeleSowore), says that he was actually shot by a police officer named Atine who is identified as an ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police).
The account on the handle supports this position with a footage of what looked like blood stain on the floor while another video (from the Vanguard Newspapers) shows a limping Sowore propped up by friends, arriving at the hospital.
in a swift reaction, the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja Command has denied that any of its operatives shot at Mr. Sowore.
In a statement on Monday the FCT police spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, said the activist was not shot at by the police.
“Contrary to the speculation, Police operatives professionally restored calm at the Unity Fountain following attempts by a group of protesters to incite public disturbance,” she said.
“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 report, she told The Cable.
More details later.