Gbajabiamila suspends security aide who killed newspapers vendor

The Speaker of the , Femi Gbajabiamila, has described the of a newspaper vendor in by one of the security details as horrible, saying he is distraught by the incident.


Gbajabiamila, in a statement he personally signed and issued in the early hours of Friday, said he did not know that someone was killed in the attempt to protect him until he arrived his destination.

The PUNCH had reported how a security aide to the Speaker shot the vendor in the head.

The incident, which occurred at the Federal Secretariat, , around 3 pm on Thursday, had caused panic in the area.

The , identified as Ifeanyi Okereke, was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly died.

It was learnt that the shooting happened when Okereke and other street vendors selling on the Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, flocked around the of the Speaker, who was said to be in the habit of giving out money anytime he passed them.

The Speaker’s statement read, “A horrible incident has taken place. This evening as I left the , 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 and it was a friendly exchange.

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


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