Cover Photo: Ifeayin Okereke.
Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS, says it has detained its operative who allegedly shot a newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke dead in the Three Arms Zone of Abuja on Thursday while on the convoy of Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Speaker had in an earlier statement on Friday, identified the killer security operative as one Abdullahi .M. Hassan in a statement he personally signed.
Gbajabiamila also said the operative has been handed over to the DSS for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial procedures while pledging to ensure that there is justice for the deceased vendor.
While also confirming that the security operative involved in the shooting incident is its staff, the DSS, in a statement by Peter Afunanya, its Public Relations Officer, said Hassan has already been withdrawn from the Speaker
It added that as part of its disciplinary procedures, the operative has been taken into detention, while a detailed investigation into the killing of the Vendor has commenced.
The Service also pledged to be transparent and accountable in the investigation of the killing, promise to liaise with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective.
“The Service condoles with the family of the deceased and his loved ones. It has promised a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this,” Afunaya said.
Patmos Media Line gathered that One Emmanuel who is also a vendor was beside the late Ifeanyi when he was shot.
He explained that Speaker Gbajabiamila was a friend of Abuja Vendors who used to come to them before he became the Speaker and has never left them.
“As the Speaker came around that Thursday, he decided he wanted to give us money which I and Ifeanyi went to his ADC to collect only for the DSS man to bring out his gun and shoot Ifeanyi twice at close range.
“I challenged him asking why did you kill my brother, why wetin e do for you? The most painful thing was that Ifeanyi was to name his son on Friday (20th November) a day after he was killed”
Leader of the Vendors Association promised to seek justice over Ifeanyi’s death.
Patmos Media Line gathered from security sources that the DSS may soon turn the killer aide to the court for murder to clear the image of the DSS.