The family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the late newspaper vendor who was shot by a stray bullet fired by a security detail attached to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, are demanding N500 million compensation.
In a letter written by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and dated November 24, the family of the deceased asked the speaker to ensure that Hassan is fully prosecuted.
The letter read in part;
“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 N500 million 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.
“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”.
Recall that one DSS Officer, Abdullahi Hassan, attached to the speaker, fired a gunshot to disperse newspaper vendors who gathered around the speaker last Thursday, November 19, with one bullet hitting the late newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi who died instantly.