Gbajabiamila has confirmed the death of the newsboy shot by his security assistant.
Nigeria online news reports that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, said that he is “personally distraught” over the murder of a newspaper vendor, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, by one of his security assistants.
Gbajabiamilia, who expressed her regret over the incident in a statement issued early Friday morning, said her “deepest condolences” are with the victim’s family and all vendors in Abuja over the sad incident near the Federal Secretariat. Thursday.
The speaker explained that the incident occurred when he stopped his broadcast to exchange courtesies with vendors, as was his usual practice after work.
According to the fifth term legislator, many of them have known me since I moved to Abuja and it was a friendly exchange.
“Unfortunately, after the convoy left to continue our movement, unidentified men obstructed the convoy which caught the attention of security men in the convoy who fired into the air to disperse them.
“A few hours later, after arriving at our destination, I was informed that someone had been hit by a stray bullet, contrary to an earlier report by the convoy men that they used their security discretion to fire into the air.
“My value for human life and my respect for all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status, is what made me love these providers and these are the reasons why I stop my convoy quite often to connect with them.
“That one of them was shot by my security team is horrible and I cannot begin to imagine the pain and loss that the Ifeanyi family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this.
“I am personally distressed by this incident and my condolences to the victim, his family and all providers in Abuja,” he said.
He said the matter has been reported to the local police station and an investigation has been launched.
Gbajabiamila, however, said the officer who fired the fatal shot had been suspended from the convoy until the investigation was concluded.
The sad incident occurred at a time when the House of Representatives is defending police reforms following the #EndSARS protest.
The house, under the leadership of Gbababiamila, insisted that it would draft laws and budget provisions to compensate victims of police brutality, affected officers, and hold police officers accountable for their actions.
In a quick reaction to the incident, the Abuja Newspaper Distributors Association (ANDA) said the newspapers would not be shared until 10 a.m. Friday in protest of the killing.
In a statement, ANDA President Benji Obute called on all members to converge on the distribution center in Area 1, for a peaceful protest to draw the attention of the Spokesperson and Inspector General of Police (IGP ) about the incident.
“Aftermath of the sad incident that occurred this afternoon at the Federal Secretariat, which resulted in the death of one of us, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, a massive action will take place between 6 and 10 in the morning.
“A peaceful protest to get the attention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, whose security detail fired the shot, and the IGP for the brutal murder will be staged within that period.
“With this arrangement, the papers will not be shared until 10 am, all distributors and vendors must converge in Area 1 as the paper will not be allowed on the streets until after the protest.
“Media houses are advised to cooperate with us and make sure that no document is leaked, as any document that does not meet the requirements will be penalized. We must join hands to achieve justice for the fallen salesman, ”he said.