Slain Vendor latest: Family demands N500m compensation or court action.

Cover photo is Speaker Gbajabiamila at their Madalla Home comforting Mrs. Okereke.

circumstances of the death of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke the slain Abuja Vendor who was shot dead by a security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has changed as his family, is demanding N500 million for compensation or they go to court.

Okereke’s family in a letter to the speaker dated November 23, 2020, demanded the compensation.

Speaker Gbajabiamila carrying baby Okereke who was named on Friday November 20 this picture was taken Saturday November 21. Okereke was shot and died Thursday November 19.

The letter was signed by the lawyer of the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

Ozekhome was asked to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.

In the letter, Okereke’s family made three demands which must be met otherwise they take legal actions.

The family demanded firstly that the speaker uses his good office to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who shot the innocent and armless vendor.

“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen, the letter read.

Secondly, they asked that the Speaker compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m. The family stated that the money cannot adequately replace the deceased but will at least mitigate the trauma and hardship of his premature demise.

Okereke’s family demanded lastly that the Speaker ensure that the safety of vendors is guaranteed as they have become afraid to return to the streets since the tragic incident.

“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights,” the letter stated.

Speaker Gbajabiamila had visited the Okereke family at Madalla in Niger State where he promised to take care of the two children until they are 21 years old.

He also visited the Vendors Association at Area 1 of Abuja to mourn with them as the vendors requested that Gbaja build an office for them in memory of their colleague.

The DSS whose staff the Killer aide is has said their staff will soon be prosecuted after internal trails as done in security circles.

The Vendors openly admitted that Gbaja had been their friend who comes around and give them money even before he was appointed Speaker of the House of Representatives.

One Emmanuel who actually took the money while Okereke accompanied him to the ADC of Gbaja who released the money to them emphasized that Gbaja heard the shooting like any other person and they cannot fathom why the DSS operator shot Okereke at close range.

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