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Slain Newspaper Vendor: Widow Distances Self From N500m Compensation Demand

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Zainab Sanni

The wife of the newspaper vendor, Josephine Okereke shot and killed by a Department of State Services operative attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family over their demand for N500m compensation.

Josephine spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke had in a letter written to Gbajabiamila through their lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) demanded a compensation ofN500m.

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According to the letter dated November 23, 2020, Ozekhome said he was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.

The widow, however, said she was not aware of the pre-litigation process, urging the Speaker to ignore the family and fulfil his promises to her and her two children.

The DSS had last week arrested the operative, Abdullahi Hassan, who shot Okereke while Gbajabiamila had also visited the family of the deceased and promised to ensure that they do not suffer.

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