The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed the identity of the security aide on his convoy that killed an Abuja based newspaper vendor, as Abdullahi M. Hassan, an operative of the Department of State Services (DSS)
The newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke was killed on Thursday at the Federal Secretariat Complex area of Abuja when the Speaker stopped to exchange pleasantries with the vendors when the DSS operative fatally shot the late vendor.
Giving an update on the matter, the Speaker in press statement he personally signed on Friday stated that “the unfortunate death of Mr Ifeanyi Okereke at the hands of one of my security aides has left me deeply shaken.”
According to Gbajabiamila, “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.”
Explaining the actions already taken on the unfortunate incident, Gbajabiamila said that he was ready to interface with the family of the deceased and assured that he was ready to push for justice for the victim.
The Speaker said:
“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.
“I commiserate with the family of Mr Ifeanyi Okereke and ask all Nigerians to join me at this time to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.