Sowore shot by police with teargas canister, says aide
Sowore shot by police with teargas canister, says aide. The human rights activist and SAN of Nigeria was shot on Monday the 31st of May, 2021, while planning a rally.
Sowore was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a police officer in Abuja.
The politician was preparing to embark on a rally with some associates when the incident occured at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Monday.
Footage of the incident showed Sowore falling on the ground just after the canister hit him.
But the FCT Police Command in a statement by the command spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, denied that Sowore was shot, she stated that there was no record of such an incident taking place.
She said, “Contrary to the speculation, police operatives professionally restored calm at the Unity Fountain following attempts by a group of protesters to incite public disturbance.”
Consequently, the human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said the regime of the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd.), is a primary suspect for the attack on a human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, whose only crime was to exercise his fundamental human rights.
But Adegboruwa in a statement titled, ‘Nothing must happen to Sowore,’said, “I urge all Nigerians and indeed the international community to hold the government of President Muhammadu Buhari responsible for anything that befalls Mr Sowore on account of the lawful exercise of his fundamental rights.
“The Unity Fountain is a public place, where other citizens have held protests in support of the Buhari administration in recent past, without let or hindrance and even with police escorts.
“In the period when President Muhammadu Buhari was leading the opposition politicians, he led several protests across the country, without anyone shooting at him or other protesters.”
Adegboruwa also asked the government to leave Sowore alone and called on protesters to remain peaceful and uphold the tenets of the law.
Another legal practitioner, Pelumi Olajengbesi, also condemned the attack on Sowore.
Olajengbesi also made his position known in a statement.
“It is however saddening and indeed condemnable that such a constitutionally guaranteed movement has been greeted with a violent and brutal response by the government who, acting through its police officers, opened fire on unarmed, peaceful protesters leading to several serious injuries on citizens, including a fatal wound on the person of Omoyele Sowore,” he said.
“The Nigerian government must do better and be more mindful of its troubling antecedents as hard of hearing and failing to distil historical hindsight from the experiences of the past.”
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