Following the killing of a newspaper vendor identified as Ifeanyi Elechi, fellow vendors have taken to the street of Abuja to protest the death of their colleague.
AllNews learnt Elechi was hit by a stray bullet from a security aide attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday evening.
According to Gbajabiamila, his security aides shot in the air to disperse a crowd while he was exchanging pleasantries with the newspaper vendors on his was out of the National Assembly, but hours later, he heard someone was hit by a stray bullet.
"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," he said.
Describing the incident as an unfortunate one, the speaker said no family deserves to go through such loss, as he noted that the officer responsible for the shooting had been suspended from his convoy pending the conclusion of investigations.
Gbajabiamila said "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 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 Ifeanyi’s family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this."
The Surulere representative in a statement confirmed that the officer has been suspended.
However, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has stated that the culprit was not a policeman.
ASP Mariam Yusuf, the Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, disclosed that Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma has ordered an investigation.
Newspaper Vendors in Abuja conducting peaceful protest over the death of colleague, Ifeanyi Elechi. pic.twitter.com/jGsk4ruzkD— #RevolutionNow (@RevolutionNowNg) November 20, 2020