The family of the newspaper vendor late Ifeanyi Okereke,hit by a stray bullet fired by a security aide of Speaker of the House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, are demanding N500 million from the speaker as compensation .
Abdullahi Hassan,DSS Officer, attached to the speaker, dispersed newspaper vendors who were gathering around the speaker last Thursday, November 19,fired gunshot in which one bullet hit Ifeanyi who died immediately.
Mike Ozekhome (SAN) was asked to write a letter dated today November 24,by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke to ensure that Hassan is fully prosecuted.
Read the letter here;
“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”.
The Okereke family gave the Speaker a letter stating that;
“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”.