The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood has expressed his disbelieve to the report that the musician, Charles Oputa popularly known as Charley Boy Fainted during protest on Tuesday.
On the second day of the ResumeOrResign anti-Buhari protest against the over 90days absence of President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria, the video caught the convener of the “Our Mumu Don Do”, Charly Boy as he slumped as a result of the tear gas from the Police, as claimed by the protesters.
Speaking at the Sunrise Daily this morning, Moshood the described Charley Boy’s scene as “over-dramatization” because he observed that the camera was shooting towards him. He maintained that the police intervention was due to a “noticed a mix-up of miscreants and hoodlums”.
“You can see over dramatisation of the leader of thevprotesters who was sitting on a chair and because the camera is coming to his side decided to fall down,” Moshood said.
On the other hand, the co-convener of the protest, Deji Adeyanju blamed the attack of the Police.
He spoke on the same television programme this morning, August 10.
Narrating the experience he said:
“He (Charly Boy) had collapsed when the teargas was shot at us, he is 66, the teargas was shot directly at us.
While we were yet sitting again, they kept shooting the tear-gas. The smoke must have affected him.”
“Immediately we got to the venue of the protest on aTuesday we were confronted by the police and they told us that we had a successful sit-out which was Monday and that there was no need to proceed that this cannot be a daily thing, that it going to become an embarrassment to the government, and that we should postpone it by another week or two.
“That we can just come back another day and have a procession. We told them that we had a programme and the police was adequately informed of all these and they can’t prevent us from carrying out our daily sit-out and as we sat down we started, we were just about 10 or there about.
“As we started water cannon vehicles starting coming round us and the next thing they started pouring water on us and they were about 20 dogs there and there were a lot of horses and we started running to where the police people were because we trying to prevent the dogs from biting us.
“Then they shot tear-gas, directly at us. It was at that point that one Silverbird journalist was injured on his left arm another protester, Theophilus also fainted, we had to rush him – some took him from the hospital.
“We went to the Unity Fountain and we were briefing journalists that were on ground while we were doing that, they shot tear-gas again at us.”
He added that they notified the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) of the protest.
“We are not interested in all these back and forth, we just want the president to resume or resign, that is not too much to ask, he has been gone for 94 days,” Adeyanju said.
Watch Video Of How Charly Boy Slumped: