How my security aide killed newspaper vendor – Speaker Gbajabiamila


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has given his account of how his security aide killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja on Thursday.

A bullet fired by one of the security men in the convoy of Hon. Gbajabiamila killed a newspaper vendor identified as Ifeanyi Okereke, at the Federal Secretariat area around 3.00pm sparking outrage.

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The Speaker in a statement he released gave his account of the incident, which he regretted and went on to announce the suspension of the trigger-happy cop from his security detail.

It reads: “A horrible incident has taken place. This evening as I left the national assembly, I stopped as usual to exchange pleasantries with the newspaper vendors at the corner. Many of them have known me since I first moved to Abuja and it was a friendly exchange.

“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of movement, unidentified men obstructed the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disperse them.

“Some hours later, after getting to our destination, it was brought to my attention that someone was hit by a stray bullet, contrary to an earlier report by men in the convoy that they applied their security discretion to shoot in the air.

“I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced.

“In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

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