The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that a Policeman attached to his convoy, mistakenly shot and killed a Newspaper Vendor, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, .
He revealed the unfortunate incident on his official Facebook page, in the early hours of Friday, November 20.
Hon. Gbajabiamila said that the Police Officer shot in the air to disperse a crowd that gathered around his convoy, as he stopped to exchange pleasantries with vendors outside the National Assembly Complex.
His words: “This evening, as I left the National Assembly, I stopped as usual to exchange pleasantries with the Newspaper Vendors at the corner. Many of them have known me since I first moved to Abuja, and it was a friendly exchange.
“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.
“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 have caused a report to be made to the Local Police Station, and an investigation has commenced.
“In the meantime; the Officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“I am personally distraught about this incident, and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family, and Abuja vendors.”