Slain Abuja vendor: Family demands N500 million compensation from Gbajabiamila

*They did not consult me - deceased wife

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The family of slain Abuja vendor, late Ifeanyi Okerwke, who was short by a security aide attached to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has demanded N500million compensation.

The family through their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, Esq said the money, though would not replace the value of the dead Ifeanyi, will help mitigate the sufferings of the family.

“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 letter had said.

Recall that Ifeanyi Okereke who was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker, last week, later died in a hospital.

But wife of the late vendor, Josephine Okereke has dismissed consent to the huge monetary demands made by the family.

Okereke told journalists on Thursday that what she wanted was justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.

She told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.

“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.

“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband should face justice.”

She added that her late husband had secured a job with the federal ministry of labour and employment some months ago but was unable to start because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“COVID-19 prevented him from resuming, it was the minister, Dr Chris Ngige, that helped him secured the job, but since COVID-19 prevented him from resuming he went back to vendor so as to make a living,” she said.

Meanwhile, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila had promised to assist the man’s family and ensure justice for his killer, prior to the monetary demand by members of the extended family.

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