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A police aide attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has shot dead a newspaper vendor in Abuja.

In a statement personally signed by the Speaker, he said a full investigation into the incident has been launched.

The victim, Ifeanyi Okereke, was rushed to the National Hospital by his colleagues after being hit by the bullet.

The spokesperson of the National Hospital, Tayo Haastrup, confirmed that the victim died after sustaining gunshot injury to the head.

Gbajabiamila said, “shots were fired into the air when some unidentified men obstructed his convoy”.

The Punch newspaper had on Thursday evening reported that the incident happened at about 3 p.m. around the federal secretariat, which is the closest establishment to the Three Arms Zone.

He said the victim was hit by a stray bullet.“A horrible incident has taken place.

This evening as I left the national assembly, I stopped, as usual, to exchange pleasantries with the newspaper vendors at the corner. Many of them have known me since I first moved to Abuja and it was a friendly exchange.“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of the 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.“

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