The family of late Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor who was killed by a security detail attached to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, has demanded N500 million compensation.
Okereke was killed on November 19, 2020 when a DSS Officer attached to the speaker, Abdullahi Hassan fired a gunshot to disperse a crowd of newspaper vendors who gathered around the speaker to exchange pleasantries.
In a letter by Okereke’s family lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on November 24, the family of late Ifeanyi asked Gbajabiamila to ensure that Hassan is fully prosecuted. Ozekhome was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.
The letter read: “Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.
“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only. This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.
“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights.”