Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has confirmed that a stray bullet fired by his security has led to the death of newspaper vendor at the National Assembly.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement he released said his convoy was obstructed by unknown men and his security had to fire warning shots to disperse the crowd.
After getting assurance that the shots were harmless, the convoy continued it’s journey. Gbajabiamila said he received the sad news that a stray bullet had killed a newspaper vendor, contrary to the earlier report he received.
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.
“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.
“In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“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.
“I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced.
“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.
“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and Abuja vendors.”