The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has confirmed the death of a newspaper vendor by his security aide.
The Speaker in a series of tweets on Friday said he was “personally distraught” over the killing of the newspaper vendor identified as Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, by one of his security aides.
The speaker explained that the incident occurred when he stopped his convoy to exchange pleasantries with the vendors as was his usual practice after work.
He, however, said unidentified men obstructed the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disperse them.
Gbajabiamila who sympathised with the victim’s family said the aide had been suspended while he had notified the police to commence investigation.
He wrote, “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.
“In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and Abuja vendors.
“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.
“I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced.”