Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has sent condolences to the family of Ifeanyi Okereke, an Abuja newspaper vendor shot by his security man Thursday at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.
The Speaker, in a statement, disclosed that the culprit, Abdullahi Hassan has been handed over to concerned authorities for thorough investigation and prosecution even as he vowed to get justice for the deceased, disclosed that he had contacted Okereke’s family members and would meet with them.
The statement: “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 for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action. In the interim, he has been suspended from the convoy.
“l 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.”
The incident, which occurred at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3pm on Thursday, had caused panic in the area. Okereke was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers where he reportedly died.