Speaker, Gbajabiamila Confirms Killing Of Newspaper Vendor, Says Security Detail Has Been...

Speaker, Gbajabiamila Confirms Killing Of Newspaper Vendor, Says Security Detail Has Been Suspended

By Senior Editor | The Trent on November 20, 2020
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Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday, November 20, 2020 mourned the death of a newspaper vendor who was gunned down by a policeman on his security team on November 19.

Gbajabiamila in a statement on Friday disclosed Ifeanyi was killed by a stray bullet shot by the policeman.

The Speaker also revealed the police officer who shot the fatal bullet has been suspended from his security team.

The statement read: “A horrible incident has taken place. This evening (Thursday) as I left the national assembly, I stopped as usual to exchange pleasantries with the newspaper vendors at the corner. Many of them have known me since I first moved to Abuja and it was a friendly exchange.

“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of movement, unidentified men obstructed the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disperse them.

“Some hours later, after getting to our destination, it was brought to my attention that someone was hit by a stray bullet, contrary to an earlier report by men in the convoy that they applied their security discretion to shoot in the air.

“I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced.

“In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“My value for human life and my respect for all people – irrespective of social economic status – is what endeared me to these vendors and these are the reasons why I stop my convoy quite often to connect with them.  For one of them to have been shot by my security detail is horrific and I cannot begin to imagine the grief and loss Ifeanyi’s family must feel on this sad day.  No family should have to go through this.

“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and Abuja vendors.”

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