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Newspaper vendor was allegedly shot by Gbajabiamila security Aide

by Mustapha Olamide
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Security aide to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had allegedly a newspaper vendor at the head

The incident, which occurred at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, about 3 pm on Thursday, causing panic in the area.

The Victims identified as Ifeanyi Okereke then rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and several police officers, where he reportedly died.

Our correspondent learnt that the shooting incident occurred when Okereke and other street vendors who sell by way of Shagari Shagari, three arm zones, flocked around the convoy speaker said in the habit of giving money whenever he passed them.

Newspaper Vendors Association chairman in FCT, Etim Eteng, said punch that Okereke died at the National Hospital shortly after the incident, adding that his wife gave birth on Thursday morning.

“The speaker called for giving the vendor money and security aide just shot (Okereke) in the head. He was rushed to hospital where he died in a few hours later,” he said on the phone.

Vendors, Abdullahi Seidu, said security aide can not explain why he was shot dead when confronted by Gbajabiamila.

Seidu said, “Vendors and hawkers more usually run after VIP and lawmakers every time they see them. In fact, they can identify big man with their vehicles. So, the vendors flocked around a convoy of the speaker and he gave them the money but a gunshot just went off.

“The bullet hit Ifeanyi in the head and he fell. The officer who fired the gun said he wanted to shoot in the air.”

National hospital spokesman, Dr Tayo Haastrup, confirmed that Okereke died of gunshot injuries.

“He died from a gunshot injury and will be moved from the trauma center to the mortuary right away,” he said.

The speaker could not be reached for comment about the incident.

Made repeated calls for a special adviser on media and publicity, Lanre Lasisi, audible.

He has yet to reply to SMS messages seeking his principal’s reaction as of press time on Thursday.

Spokesman for the Federal Capital Territory Police, ASP Mariam Yusuf, was unable to confirm whether the incident was reported to the police.

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