By Ayo Kehinde
Twice on Friday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila was forced to issue statements over the killing of a newspaper vendor, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, by a security detail in his convoy.
The incident, occurred close to the Federal Secretariat on Thursday, when, according to Gbajabiamila, he stopped his convoy to exchange pleasantries with the vendors as was his usual practice after work.
He said in his first statement; “Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of our movement, unidentified men obstructed the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disperse them.
“Some hours later, after getting to our destination, it was brought to my 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.”
“My value for human life and my respect for all people, irrespective of social economic status, is what endeared me to these vendors and these are the reasons I stop my convoy quite often to connect with them.
He had to issue another statement, also on Friday, when colleagues of the late Elechi made good their threat to stage a peaceful protest to draw the attention of the Speaker and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to the killing and after the Police authorities denied the involvement of their man.
Gbajabiamila, in the new statement disclosed the identity of the killer-security operative as Abdullahi Hassan, whom he handed over to the Department of State Security, DSS, “for investigation and appropriate administrative action.”
He said he would meet with the parents of the late Okereke and ensure adequate compensation and justice meet the case.
See the New Press Release Below: