A security aide attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has allegedly shot a newspapers vendor identified as Ifeanyi Okereke, and fled the scene.
According to Punch, Okereke was shot in the head by Gbajabiamila’s security aide at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3pm on Thursday, just a few hours after his wife gave birth to a baby that same day.
The vendor was was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly died of the gunshot wounds.
It was learnt that the shooting incident occured when Okereke and other street vendors flocked around the convoy of the Speaker, who was said to be in the habit of giving out money anytime he passed them.
But recounting his own version of the event, Femi Gbajabiamila said “shots were fired into the air when some unidentified men obstructed his convoy”. He said the victim was hit by a stray bullet.
“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.”
In a statement personally signed by the Speaker, he said a full investigation into the incident has been launched.