Following the killing of Ifeanyi Okereke by one of the security details attached to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Nigerians have taken to social media to express their outrage.
Many Nigerians have condemned the act and called for justice for the deceased newspaper vendor as his death once again validates the recent #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
It will be recalled that a security aide attached to the Speaker reportedly shot the vendor in the head at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3pm on Thursday.
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The victim, Ifeanyi Elechi, was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly gave up the ghost.
Gbajabiamila has since released a statement condemning the shooting, saying he was distraught by the incident. He also added that the matter has been reported to the police, and that the security officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended pending the conclusion of investigations.
“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and Abuja vendors,” Gbajabiamila said.
However, Newspapers vendors in the Federal Capital Territory on Friday took to the streets to protest the killing of their colleague. The vendors, who were seen carrying placards, demanded justice for Elechi. They insisted that the errant operative who is believed to be an operative of the Department of State Services must be brought to book.
Nigerians have also since stormed social media to express their anger over the incident which happened even as the nation is still grappling with the effects of a two week protest demanding an end to police brutality.
Popular comedian and #EndSARS campaigner, Debo Macaroni, tweeted, “Ifeanyi’s wife just recently gave birth. Another Nigerian dead because we are in a country that has zero value for human life!
Lawyer and activist, Tope Akinyode, also tweeted, “The killers of a street vendor in Abuja yesterday must be brought to book.”
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In addition, popular broadcaster, Kadaria Ahmed, also tweeted, “No justification for using lethal force to keep citizens away from those who elect them. I believe @femigbaja is appalled but that’s not enough. The shooter must be prosecuted.
“Ifeanyi and his family deserve justice and then how about legislation banning the use of live ammunition during regular work by the security services especially that which brings them into contact with civilians. This will be a worthy memorial to Ifeanyi.”
On Facebook as well, many Nigerians aired their grievances. One Facebook user, Oyalade Olujide wrote, “At Lekki, they said they shot in the air, this one again they shot in the air?”
A certain Hadeyshuyi Steven commented, “In Peru, a government official resigned over the killing of two innocent citizens. I hope Gbajamiamila will show us true leadership by tendering his resignation letter.”
Patrickdonaldlee wrote, “This incident clearly validates the #EndSARS movement and calls into question whether the judicial enquiries can be truly independent.”
“Justice must be served, this is how accountability will start,” Ezekielnelson wrote.