Family Of Murdered Newspaper Vendor Demand N500M Compensation From House Of Reps. Speaker

The family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, is demanding N500 million from the number four citizen.

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Last week, Okereke was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.

According to reports, the demand was contained in a letter addressed to the speaker by Mike Ozekhome, counsel to the family. In the letter dated November 23, the Okereke family said the demand is not enough to replace their son.

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“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.

That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only.

This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them,” Ozekhome said.

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The lawyer added that if the speaker fails to accede to their demand in seven days, they would take legal steps.


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