- Newspaper distributors in Abuja have reacted to the shooting of one of their members
- The vendors want the authorities to take action over the incident
- The Nigerian police force has made an official statement about the shooting
The accidental killing of Ifeanyi Okereke Elechi, a newspaper vendor in Abuja has sparked protests from other vendors.
The late vendor was reported to have been killed by a stray bullet from a security aide to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday evening, November 19.
His colleagues who were led by the president of the Abuja Newspapers Distributors Association (ANDA), Benji Obute, have organised a peaceful protest over the incident, The Guardian reported
They said the protest was to draw the attention of the speaker and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to the incident.
The president of the newspaper distributors said they want to get justice for the killing of the vendor.
In a related report, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed that a policeman attached to his convoy mistakenly killed the 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.
Meanwhile, the Abuja police command has denied reports that a policeman attached to the speaker of Femi Gbajabiamila fired the gun that killed a newspaper vendor.
The Nation reported 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.
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