Family Of Killed Abuja Vendor Demands ₦500 Million Compensation From Femi Gbajabiamila
The family Ifeanyichukwu Okereke’s , a Newspaper vendor who died after he was shot by a security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has written a letter to the Speaker, demanding N500m.
According to a letter dated November 23, 2020, signed by the lawyer of the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN)was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.
The Department of State Services had last week nabbed the security operative, Abdullahi Hassan, who shot Okereke while Gbajabiamila had also visited the family of the deceased and promised to ensure that they do not suffer.
However, the family required more, adding that nothing could bring the dead Ifeanyi back to life.
“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 family said.
The family also urged the Speaker to guarantee that the security of vendors is assured as they had become scared to return to the streets since the unfortunate incident.
The Okereke family announced it would take lawful action against Gbajabiamila if all the requirements are not met within seven days.
“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.