By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, has acknowledged the death of a newspaper vendor shot by one of his security aides on Thursday.
Gbajabiamila, reacting via series of tweets on his verified handle on Friday, said the vendor was hit by a stray bullet fired into the air to disperse a crowd that had milled around while he was greeting newspaper vendors on his way out of the National Assembly complex.
“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,” he explained.
“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.”
The Speaker said, however, that “the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation”, while expressing his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.