How my security aide shot a vendor – Gbajabiamila

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has narrated the horrible incident that led to the death of a newspaper vendor by his security aide on the 19th November, 2020.

On his official social platform, Gbajabiamila said, he left the national assembly, stopped as usual to exchange pleasantries with the newspaper vendors at one 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”.

Gbajabiamila further explained that after getting to his destination, it was brought to his 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.

“I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced. In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation”, he said.

Gbajabiamila sympathized with the victim’s family and Abuja vendors while expressed distraught about the incident. “My value for human life and my respect for all people irrespective of social economic status is what endeared me to these vendors.

“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 the victim’s family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this”, he said.

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