- FCT police command has denied shooting of vendor in Abuja
- It was earlier reported that a police officer attached to Gbajabiamila killed a vendor in the nation's capital
- The police noted that the security agent who fired the shot was not a policeman
The police command in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has denied reports that a policeman attached to the speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, fired the gun that killed a newspaper vendor on Thursday, November 19, in Abuja.
The Nation reports that the police public relations officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, in a statement on Friday, November 20, said the security agent who fired the shot was not a policeman, according to preliminary investigations.
She said the commissioner of police FCT, Bala Ciroma, has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.
The statement reads:
“The FCT police command wishes to unequivocally refute the allegation making round sections of the media that a police officer attached to the convoy of the speaker of the House of Representatives shot at a newspaper vendor within the three arms zone on Thursday 19th November 2020.
“While commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, the commissioner of police wishes to guarantee members of the public that the command will be lucid in its investigation and ensure the findings are made public.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed that a policeman attached to his convoy has mistakenly killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja.
It was reported that he 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.
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