Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has been reportedly shot by the police in Abuja, during a protest to demand an end to insecurity in the country.
Sowore, a presidential candidate in the 2019 polls made this known on his Twitter handle “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”
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) May 31, 2021
It was reported that Sowore, who has been rushed to hospital in the capital, was allegedly shot in the right side of his hip by one of the gun-wielding policemen drafted to the Unity Fountain.
The police was alleged to have been stationed at the fountain before the arrival of the activist and other protesters. Upon their arrival at the venue, teargas was said to have been fired at the unarmed protesters.
Reaction to the incident by the FCT Police was still being awaited as of the time of this reporting.
Meanwhile, deluge of reactions has been posted on Twitter, with commentators reacting to the developing story:
Got out of a meeting to join the protest at Unity Fountain, only for Femi Falana to call me asking if I was at Unity Fountain that Sowore has been shot by the police. This is Buhari’s Nigeria where protesters are treated like criminals. This is why many no longer believe in PEACE
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) May 31, 2021
— Towolawi Jamiu #EndSarsNow (@jharmo) May 31, 2021
It is not yet clear whether the officer fired a gun or a teargas cannister. What is clear is that Sowore was directly targeted.
— Inibehe Effiong (@InibeheEffiong) May 31, 2021
If you ever doubted the vile impunity of the Nigerian state and its slave plantation police force, fasten your seatbelt, a female officer just shot Sowore whilst he was peacefully protesting being locked out of Unity Fountain..🤨
— Dele Farotimi #EndSARS, #EndSWAT, #EndIMPUNITY (@DeleFarotimi) May 31, 2021