20 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed regret over the killing of a newspaper vendor, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, by one of his security details.
The Speaker who made this known in a statement in Abuja says that his deepest sympathies are with the family of the victim and all vendors in Abuja over the sad incident which occurred close to the Federal Secretariat on Thursday.
The statement notes that the incident occurred when he stopped his convoy to exchange pleasantries with the vendors which was his usual practice after work since he moved to Abuja .
“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of our 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.
“My value for human life and my respect for all people, irrespective of social 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.
“For one of them to have been shot by my security detail is horrific and I cannot begin to imagine the grief and loss Ifeanyi’s family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this.
The statement further explains that the matter has been reported to the local police station and an investigation has commenced adding that the officer who fired the fatal shot had been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of investigations.