Naija News reports that the Presidency made this accusation in a statement issued on Friday by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity.
The statement said President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with the family of Umar over the loss.
“Both of them were hit by bullets from the now proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria,” Shehu said.
Naija News recalls that the FCT Deputy Commissioner of Police was reported to have been shot while trying to pacify the IMN members during one of their protests.
On the other hand, Owolabi was also said to have been hit by a stray bullet.
The Presidential spokesman said Buhari assured Umar’s family that his sacrifice would never be forgotten.
Shehu said the sacrifice of both Umar and Owolabi will not be in vain.
The statement reads as thus: “President Buhari strongly condemned violence in the name of protests, describing it as a gross abuse of the rights of citizens of Nigeria who are free to protest within designated areas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” the statement read.
“The President’s delegation, made up of his Senior Special Assistants, Sarki Abba and Garba Shehu in charge of Domestic Affairs and Media and Publicity respectively and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure, was received by the older brother of the late Officer, Commissioner of Police Usman A. Belel and the widow, Hajiya (Mrs.) Busrah Umar.
“They both expressed their deep appreciation to the President for sending the delegation. Prayers were offered for the repose of the late DCP Umar as well as for peace and stability of the country.”
Meanwhile, Naija News understands that there is no official report on who killed the two men yet.