- A police officer attached to the convoy of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja
- The officer was said to have shot in the air to disperse a crowd that gathered around the Speaker's convoy
- Gbajabiamila revealed that he routinely stops his convoy to exchange pleasantries with the vendors even before his present status
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that a policeman attached to his convoy has mistakenly killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja.
The Speaker revealed the unfortunate incident via a post on his official Facebook page in the early hours of Friday, November 20.
Gbajabiamila said the officer shot in the air to disperse a crowd that gathered around his convoy as he stopped to exchange pleasantries with vendors outside the National Assembly complex.
“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.
“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and Abuja vendors.”
Earlier this year, a Nigerian lady identified as Tina Obiora revealed that she escaped being killed by a stray bullet in Lagos state.
Obiora who is a mom, shared photos of the stray bullet which she said pierced through her POP ceiling before hitting the tiles with a loud bang.
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