– The Abuja police command has dispersed protesters who converged at the Unity Fountain in Abuja for a demonstration
– A video of the incident on social media showed Omoyele Sowore with an injury on his leg which was allegedly caused by a teargas canister
– The incident has been condemned by activists who accused the police of using excessive force on peaceful protesters
Emerging reports indicate that a journalist, Omoyele Sowore, has been shot by the police in Abuja.
A female police officer reportedly fired a teargas canister at Sowore who showed up at the Unity Fountain in Abuja for a protest on Monday, May 31.
The activist was said to have sustained injuries and has was rushed to a hospital for medical treatment.
He confirmed the incident on his Twitter handle, saying he is not afraid of losing his life in the struggle.
”Just been shit by a police officer, ACP Atine at the Unity Fountain in Abuja. #RevolutionNow Let the struggle continue even if they take my life! #BuhariMustGo”
The journalist also shared the encounter with the police on Facebook, which captured the moment he was shot.
Similarly, Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer and human rights activist condemned the incident on his Twitter account.
He described the conduct of the police as uncivil.
The lawyer said:
@YeleSowore has just been shot by a female police officer at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
The criminal officer is said to be an ACP. I watched Sowore being shot live on Facebook.
This is what Nigeria has been turned into under Buhari. They’ve declared war on the Civic Space.”