The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has decried the killing of a newspaper vendor, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, by one of his security details.
The unfortunate incident took place close to the Federal Secretariat on Thursday.
The Speaker said he is highly distraught by the sad development.
In a statement issued by the number four citizen of the country, the senior lawmaker, said that his “deepest sympathies” are with the family of the late vendor and other vendors in Abuja.
Explaining the scenario, Gbajabiamila said the incident occurred when he stopped to exchange greetings with the vendors as usual.
“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of our 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.
“My value for human life and my respect for all people, irrespective of social economic status, is what endeared me to these vendors and these are the reasons why I stop my convoy quite often to connect with them.
“For one of them to have been shot by my security detail is horrific and I cannot begin to imagine the grief and loss Ifeanyi’s family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this.
“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and all Abuja vendors,” he said.
According to him, the officer who fired the fatal shot had been suspended from the convoy.