Femi Gbajabiamila Faces Backlash After Stray Bullet From His Security Detail Kills Abuja Vendor

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Nigeria’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila is being slammed on social media after a stray bullet from one of his security aides  killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja.

A Twitter user on Thursday had shared a viral video of the incident which showed an unidentified man bleeding to death as he was being held by another. It immediately drew concerns as many Nigerians began searching for the government official who the security detail was attached to.

Now, in a statement released via social media, Gbajabiamila has revealed himself as the official while expressing his regret over the unfortunate incident. He also gave an account of how it happened, noting that the security aide has been suspended from his convoy and he has ordered an investigation into the incident.

“A horrible incident has taken place. This evening 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,” he wrote.

“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.”

He continued, “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.”

His statement has however, been met with huge criticisms with many social media users frowning upon the disregard of human lives displayed by security officials.

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