- Josephine Okereke, the wife of a vendor killed in Abuja has dismissed the demand of her late husband's family
- The family had demanded N500million from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gabajabiamila
- A security aide attached to Gbajabiamila reportedly shot the vendor by mistake sparking outrage across the country
The wife of the newspaper vendor killed by a security aide attached to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has opposed her husband’s family demand for N500million compensation.
The Guardian reports that the widow, Josephine Okereke, on Thursday, November 26 said she was not aware of the pre-litigation process.
Mrs Okereke urged Gbajabiamila to ignore the family demand and fulfil his promises to her and two children.
Gbajabiamila had in a statement vowed not to let the matter be swept under the carpet and promised to cater for the family of the deceased.
The Speaker also visited the family and expressed his condolence to them on the demise of their breadwinner.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the stance of the vendor's wife.
Bashir M wrote on Twitter:
“Human life is sacred and of estimable value but unfortunately, it’s the reverse here. Heavy ransom/penalty like this will make people especially trigger-happy law enforcement officials begin to value life.”
Mohammed Kabeer wrote:
“The fine should be on the culprit, not the Speaker, he didn't order the police to do the act.”
Neo Baba Crown wrote:
“They might end not taking care of his wife and kids. Gbajabiamila should just arrange to sponsor the kids' education and possibly start up a business for the widow!”
“And they won't give her anything from it.”
Akin Ayo wrote:
“The sad part is that the family isn't interested in the welfare of the late brother's wife or his child but only want to profit/enrich themselves from the death of their brother. They need to be ashamed of their actions despite the fact that what happened is sad and regrettable.”
“God bless the woman. This is the best thing to do. Hope the Speaker will forgive them and unfold his plans for the family.”
Razaq Lalas wrote:
“The family wants to reap from the demise of the man. I like the wife's position. How would you equate money to human lives? I wish our money looters can be dead so we give money to their families.”
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) has revealed that it has arrested a security aide to Gbajabiamila who shot a vendor dead in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the spokesman of the secret service, Peter Afunanya, who added that the officer has been withdrawn from further assignment.
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