A security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has allegedly shot a newspaper vendor in the head.
This happened around 3 pm o Thursday at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, which has caused panic in the area.
The victim identified as Ifeanyi Okereke was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly died.
It was, however, learned that the shooting incident happened when Okereke and other street vendors selling on the Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, flocked around the convoy of the speaker who was said to be in the habit of giving out money anytime he passed them.
His death was confirmed by the Chairman of the Newspaper Vendors Association in FCT, Etim Eteng.
Eteng told The PUNCH that Okereke died at the National Hospital shortly after the incident, adding that his wife gave birth to a baby on Thursday morning.
“The speaker called to give vendors money and the security aide just shot him (Okereke) in the head.”
“He was rushed to the National Hospital where he died some hours later,” he said on the telephone.”
A vendor, Abdullahi Seidu, said the unidentified trigger-happy security aide could not explain why he shot the deceased when confronted by Gbajabiamila.
“The vendors and other hawkers usually run after VIPs and lawmakers whenever they see them.”
“In fact, they can identify the big men by their vehicles. So, the vendors flocked around the speaker’s convoy and he gave them some money but a gunshot just went off.”
“The bullet hit Ifeanyi in the head and he fell down. The officer who fired the gun said he wanted to fire in the air.”
Subsequently, Gbajabiamila described the killing as horrible, saying he is distraught by the incident.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement he personally signed and issued in the early hours of Friday, said he did not know that someone was killed in the attempt to protect him until he arrived at his destination.
The Speaker has, however, suspended the security aide.