Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will be held responsible if anything happens to ex-presidential aspirant and founder of the Sahara reporter, Omoyele Sowore.
Reports had emerged of the alleged shooting of former presidential candidate and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, by a police operative in Abuja.
The police however denied shooting Sowore, saying. “The protesters, who went on the rampage, were resisted by police operatives in order 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.”
Reacting in a statement on Monday, Adegboruwa clearly stated that Sowore was only exercising his fundamental rights by joining a rally to demand good governance and an end to insecurity.
“The conversation was civil and without any incident till the short video was terminated. I have however now been informed that shortly thereafter, some armed policemen stormed the Unity Fountain and released what appeared to be live bullets and tear gas into the crowd, with the consequent result that Mr. Sowore is presently in the hospital. It will be heartwarming to know that he has not been hit with any bullet from the alleged shooting.
“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 the recent past, without let or hindrance and even with police escorts.
“We cannot run a nation where everyone is held captive and hounded into compulsory silence. Consequently, I urge all protesters to remain peaceful and law-abiding, while the government and its agents should follow the procedure of the rule of law in the maintenance of law and order.”