- Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker House of Representatives, has given an update about the killing of a newspaper vendor
- Gbajabiamila said the appropriate authorities are investigating the matter
- The speaker described the incident as unfortunate
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that his security aide who killed a newspaper vendor is named Abdullahi Hassan.
Gbajabiamila in a statement on Friday, November 20 said he has handed over the aide to the Department of State Security (DSS) for proper investigation.
The speaker expressed sadness over the death of the vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke. He said that the aide responsible for the killing has been suspended from his convoy.
The leader of the House of Representatives stated that he has sent his condolences to the family of the deceased and made arraignment to meet with them.
Gbajabiamila promised to support the wife and the immediate family the deceased left behind.
He said the late Okereke was trying to make a living for his family and his life should not have ended the way it did.
Meanwhile, the accidental killing of Ifeanyi Okereke Elechi, a newspaper vendor in Abuja has sparked protests from other vendors.
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.
They said the protest was to draw the attention of the speaker and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to the incident.
In another news, 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 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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