A policeman attached to the bodyguard of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday shot and killed an Abuja vendor identified as Ifeanyi Okereke at the Federal Secretariat junction in Abuja.
The incident occured after the speaker had left his office and stopped over to give money to vendors at the busy intersection.
Fellow vendors and policemen rushed Okereke to the National Hospital, Abuja where he was pronounced dead.
Eyewitnesses said that when the convoy stopped some vendors swarmed around the speaker’s car.
In a fpash; one of the policemen in the convoy fired at the vendors, hitting Okereke In the head.
His wife was said to have given birth to a baby on Thursday morning; few hours before the incident.
In his own narration on Twitter, Gbajabiamila described the incident as “a horrible incident. ”
He said: “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.”
Gbajabiamila expressed grief at the death of the motorist and sent condolences to his family.
He said the policeman who fired the shot had been suspended while the matter had been reported to the police.
Hesaid the case was being investigated.
‘M value for human life and my respect for all people – irrespective of socio-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.”