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Gbajabiamila Confirms Death Of Newspaper Vendor Shot By His Security Aide, Suspends Officer (video)


#EndSARS: I Won’t Sign Off 2021 Budget Without Compensation For Police Brutality Victims – House Of Reps Speaker, Femi GbajabiamilaSpeaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila has confirmed the death of a newspaper vendor shot by one of his security aides on Thursday, November 19.

Gbajabiamila who, in a series of tweets on his official handle in the early hours of Friday, narrated how the incident took place, explained that the vendor was hit by a stray bullet as his security shot to disperse a crowd when he went to greet newspaper vendors while leaving the National Assembly.

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

He explained;

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.

The Speaker added;

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.

The Lagos lawmaker narrated that some hours after they got to their destination, he was informed that someone had the victim simply identified as Ifeanyi had been hit by a stray bullet.

He said this was “contrary to an earlier report by men in the convoy that they applied their security discretion to shoot in the air”.

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

He added;

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.

Gbajabiamila expressed;

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

He concluded;

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.

Watch a video of the incident below;

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