Some newspaper retailers have taken to the streets of Abuja to register their outrage over the killing of their colleague, Ifeanyi Elechi, by a member of the security detail attached to the Speaker of the Hosue of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The unfortunate incident occurred on Thursday evening at the federal secretariat.
According to the speaker in a series of tweets posted on his Twitter account, Gbajabiamila narrated how after stopping at the newspaper stand to exchange pleasantries with the retailers, his security details shot into the air to ward off “unidentified” men who obstructed his convoy.
He said he later found out that a stray bullet hit “someone”.
Some of the protesters carried placards with inscriptions which read: ‘Femi Gbajabiamila’s aide killed Elechi a vendor in Abuja’, ‘Give us justice’, ‘vendors’ lives matter’.
The protesters were heard chanting ” All we are saying, give us justice.
The distribution of newspapers was stalled until 10:00 am as part of their protest.
The demonstration began at Area 1 in Garki district where the vendors go pick up newspapers daily for distribution
The Speaker stated that he was personally distraught by the incident, he said that he had become familiar with the vendors as he had known them since moving to the FCT as a federal lawmaker.
Victor Okeh is a graduate of Economics from Lagos State University. He is versatile in reporting business and economy, politics and finance, and entrepreneurship articles. He can be reached via – [email protected]
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