A newspaper vendor allegedly hit by a stray bullet fired by a security aide attached to House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, died Thursday night.
The deceased was allegedly hit in the head.
The vendor was shot by Gbajabiamila’s security aide on Thursday evening.
Femi confirmed this on his Facebook page and series of Tweets on his official handle.
According to him, the vendor was hit by a stray bullet meant to disperse a crowd when he went to greet newspaper vendors while leaving the National Assembly.
He said “A horrible incident has taken place. 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.”
Gbajabiamila said that some hours after they got to their destination, he was informed that someone had the victim simply identified as Ifeanyi had been hit by a stray bullet.
An eyewitness said there was confusion at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, when the shot was fired.
The victim was rushed to the National Hospital “unfortunately he has passed away,” the witness said.
He added that “it is customary of the speaker to give out cash anytime he passes through the area. However, yesterday, his convoy was surrounded by unidentified people.
The Chairman of the Newspapers Vendors Association in FCT, Etim Eteng, said: “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 in the head and he fell down. The fellow who fired the shot said he wanted to fire into the air.”
The National Hospital spokesman, Dr Tayo Haastrup, confirmed that the vendor died of gunshot injuries.
Officials of the speaker’s office promised to send a statement last night, but they never did as at 11:30pm press time.