The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, says musician, Charly Boy was being over dramatic when he slumped during a protest at the Unity Fountain on Tuesday. Charly Boy is part of a group of Nigerians in Abuja that are staging a protest to demand the return or resignation of President Buhari who has been in the UK for a medical checkup since May 7th. A video of Charly Boy slumping following the effects of tear gas canister and water cannons used on the protesters surfaced online on Tuesday.
Reacting to the video, Jimoh Ibrahim who was a guest on Channels TV this morning, said the musician was being over dramatic.
“His first account alleging some Police men to have told them that they shouldn’t come out to protest in the first instance is not correct. No Police officer would do that. Anything that has to do with politics or people protesting lies in the rim of the responsibility of the people as provided for in the Constitution. But like I said, we noticed the mix up in them of miscreants and hoodlums and that is why the police have to intervene to ensure that the protest doesn’t go beyond that. Like I have explained situations of riot to you, we don’t want this protest to dovetail and end up in riot and that is why we quickly intervened. So his account is not correct at all. When the Camera comes in must have been when Police intervention had been done and they see smoke of tear gas. The smoke of tear gas can go up for quite some minutes without subsiding until after the normal time that the tear gas ought to subside. So any camera man can pick a picture of that and you can see over dramatization by the leader of the protesters who was sitting on the chair because the camera was coming to his side he decided to fall down,” Moshood said
Watch the video from his interview below