By Emmanuel Awosika
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has identified the security aide attached to him responsible for the death of a newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke, in Abuja
Gbajabiamila gave the name of the killer security aide as Abdullahi Hassan in a statement released on Friday.
He said he had handed over Hassan to the authorities for investigation and eventual prosecution.
He promised justice for the family of the deceased, adding that he would support the late vendor’s surviving spouse and children.
The deceased vendor, Okoreke, had met his end after the security aide shot him in the head while trying to disperse people who gathered around the Speaker.
His words: “The unfortunate death of Mr Ifeanyi Okereke at the hands of one of my security aides has left me deeply shaken.
“Mr Okereke was a citizen going about his business, trying to make a living for himself and his family. There is no reason for his life to have ended the way it did.
“This morning, I have handed over the security operative, Abdullahi M. Hassan, to the Department of State Security (DSS) for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial actions. In the interim, he has been suspended from the convoy.
“I expect, and I will see to it that the family of Mr Ifeanyi Okereke receives the full measure of justice so that their bereavement is not compounded by any actions that can cause them further pain and suffering.
“I have expressed my personal condolence to his family and have arranged to meet with them when the parents of Mr Okereke, who are already on their way, arrive in Abuja.
“Additionally, I have committed to them that I will support his wife and the immediate family he has left behind.
“I commiserate with the family of Mr Ifeanyi Okereke and ask all Nigerians to join me at this time to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.”