Femi Gbajabiamila: DSS Begins Probe Into Shooting Of Abuja Vendor, Arrests Security Detail

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has given an update on an Abuja newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke, who died after being hit by a stray bullet from one of the security operatives from his envoy.

According to him, the DSS detail, Abdullahi M. Hassan, has been handed to the Department of State Security (DSS) for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action.

Okereke died at the National Hospital Abuja on Thursday after he was shot in the head by a personnel from Gbajabiamila’s security detail, around the National Secretariat, after he and other newspaper vendors flocked around the convoy of the Speaker, who was passing by on the fateful day, to ask for money, THISDAY reports.

Gbajabiamila, in a statement, giving update on the horrific event, also said he had arranged to meet with the late vendor’s family. The Speaker, while commiserating with the family of the victim, urged all Nigerians to join him to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.

“The unfortunate death of Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke at the hands of one of my security aides has left me deeply shaken. Mr. Okereke was a citizen going about his business, trying to make a living for himself and his family. There is no reason for his life to have ended the way it did,” the statement reads.

“This morning, I have handed over the security operative, Abdullahi M. Hassan, to the Department of State Security (DSS) for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action. In the interim, he has been suspended from the convoy. I expect, and I will see to it that the family of Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke receives the full measure of justice so that their bereavement is not compounded by any actions that can cause them further pain and suffering.

‘”I have expressed my personal condolence to his family and have arranged to meet with them when the parents of Mr. Okereke, who are already on their way, arrive in Abuja. Additionally, I have committed to them that I will support his wife and the immediate family he has left behind.’”

The DSS, which yesterday identified the shooter Hassan as one of its own, said he had been detained, as part of its disciplinary procedures, and had opened a detailed investigation into the allegation.

Angered by the senseless killing of Okereke, newspapers vendors in the Federal Capital Territory yesterday embarked on peaceful protest, calling for justice for their slain colleague. Social media users have also condemned Gbajabiamila over his envoy’s recklessness with some even going as far as clamor for his resignation.

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