The attention of the Imo State Command has been drawn to the news in circulation that the Police shot a medical doctor during their protest march. The news is not only false in its entirety but also malicious as no Policeman shot at a medical doctor during the protest as it is being circulated. However, the true position of the incident was that, on 4th February, 2016 at about 1100hrs, members of the Nigeria Medical Association, Imo State Chapter embarked on a protest march against concession of government owned hospitals in the state.
The protesting doctors took over the major streets in Owerri metropolis, causing traffic log jam and discomfort to members of the public. From Freedom Square where they all converged, they suddenly advanced towards the Government House, infiltrated at this point by miscreants who started throwing stones and other offensive objects at the Policemen who were there to control the situation.
In the ensuing fracas, Police had no choice but to apply reasonable force, using teargas canisters to bring the situation under control. The crowd was subsequently dispersed.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Imo State Police has no problem with medical Doctors in the state. The claim that a doctor was shot is totally false in its entirety. The situation was professionally handled and it is reiterated that the medical doctors should produce the doctor shot and extract of bullets recovered from his body to substantiate their claim. Press men who witnessed the incident could also be required to produce pictures/videos of the incident indicating same.
The Command wishes to assure the general public of the Command’s readiness to carry out its statutory duties of maintaining peace and order at all times, with total display of regard to fundamental right of the citizens. Members of the public are advised to remain law abiding, please.
DSP ANDREW ENWEREM
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
IMO STATE COMMAND.