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Femi Gbajabiamila saddened as his Security kills Newspaper Vendor in Abuja



Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila is saddened after confirming the news that a police officer attached to him reportedly shot a newspapers vendor in the head on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

The incident was said to have occurred at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3 pm.

The victim, whose name was given as Ifeanyi Okereke died shortly after he was rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers.

However, Gbajabiamia took to social media to regret the incident and mourn the untimely death of the Newspaper Vendor.

"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.

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

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.

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

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

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