The killing of Ifeanyi Okereke by one of the security details attached to the office of Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has sparked outrage on social media as Nigerians condemned the act and called for justice over the incident.
Many Nigerians have said the killing of the newspaper vendor again validates the recent #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
The report gathered says the security aide to the Speaker shot the vendor in the head.
The incident, which occurred at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3 pm on Thursday, had aroused panic in the area.
The victim, Okereke, was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly died.
It was gathered that the shooting occurred when the newspaper vendor and other of his colleagues selling on the Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, gathered around the convoy of the Speaker, who was said to be in the habit of giving out money anytime he passed them.
The Speaker, in a statement today, condemned the shooting, saying he was saddened by the incident.
Gbajabiamila, also said the matter has been reported to the police, adding that the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended pending the conclusion of the investigation.
In his statement, he said, “I am personally saddened about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family, and Abuja vendors,”.
However, Nigerians have taken to social media to express their anger over the incident with many saying it was unfortunate the incident happened amid the call for an end to police brutality.
Tope Akinyode, a Lawyer and activist, tweeted, “The killers of a street vendor in Abuja yesterday must be brought to book.”
Also Debo Macaroni, Comedian and #EndSARS campaigner, stated, “Ifeanyi’s wife just recently gave birth. Another Nigerian dead because we are in a country that has zero value for human life!”