Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the Nigeria House of Representatives has admitted that his security Aides were responsible for the killing of a newspaper vendor on Thursday.
In a statement on Friday Gbajabiamila admitted that his security guards killed one of the citizens who obstructed his convoy at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Thursday.
Gbajabiamila said he was unhappy by the incident and had immediately suspended the officer involved and asked police to thoroughly investigate it to bring justice to the family of Ifeanyichukwu Elechi.
A video surfaced on Thursday showing a man who was shot by a police officer at Eagles Square, a few meters away from the parliament.
“A horrible incident has taken place”,
“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation 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.” Gbajabiamila said on Twitter.
“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,”
“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and all Abuja vendors,” he added.