Gbajabiamila Affirms Death Of Vendor Shot By His Security Aide, Suspends Officer

The Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila has corroborated the death of a newspaper vendor shot by one of his security aides on Thursday. 

Gbajabiamila , in a series of tweets on his official handle in the early hours of Friday, described how the incident took place, clarified that the vendor was hit by a stray bullet meant to disperse a crowd when he took off to greet newspaper vendors while leaving the National Assembly.

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“A terrible incident has taken place. This evening as I left the national assembly, I stopped, as usual, to exchange formalities with the newspaper vendors at the corner,” he explained.

“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 the movement, unidentified men impeded the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disseminate them.”

The Lagos lawmaker related that some hours after they got to their destination, he was notified that the victim, recognized as Ifeanyi had been hit by stray ammunition.

He said this was “contrary to the first report by men in the convoy that they compared their security discretion to shoot in the air.

“In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been rescinded from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

While sending his condolences to the family of the deceased, the Speaker expressed distraught about the incident.

“For one of them (vendors) 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,” he added.

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

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