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Gbajabiamila’s security aide kills news vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke in Abuja

Gbajabiamila’s security aide kills newspapers vendor in Abuja
Tochi Juliet

A security aide to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has allegedly shot and killed a news vendor in Abuja.

The incident happened on Thursday at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja. The newspaper vendor was hit by a stray bullet from one of Gbajabiamila's security aides is identified as Ifeanyi Okereke.

Ifeanyi Okereke was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers after he got shot by the stray bullet from Gbajabiamila's security aides.

The Chairman of the Newspapers Vendors Association in FCT, Etim Eteng who spoke to journalists said that Ifeanyi Okereke died at the National Hospital shortly after the incident, adding that Ifeanyi Okereke's wife gave birth on Thursday morning.

“What I learnt was that the Speaker called to give them (vendors) money and the security aide just shot him in the head. He was rushed to the National Hospital, where he died some hours later.”


The word newspaper vendor actually refers to the Newspaper or someone representing a single newspaper company.

News vendor or News hawker is the right word for a person selling various newspapers on the street or newsstand.

Another newspaper vendor identified as Abdullahi Seidu said that the Gbajabiamila's aide who at Ifeanyi Okereke couldn't give a valid reason when confronted by Gbajabiamila.

 “The vendors and other hawkers usually run after VIPs and lawmakers whenever they see them. In fact, they can identify the big men by their vehicles.

"So, the vendors flocked around the Speaker’s convoy, and he gave them some money, but a gunshot just went off.

“The bullet hit Ifeanyi (Okereke) in the head, and he fell. The officer who fired the gun said he wanted to fire in the air.”

The National Hospital spokesman, Dr Tayo Haastrup, confirmed that Okereke died of gunshot injuries.

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