I’m Shocked My Husband’s Family Is Demanding N500m From Gbaja, Says Wife Of Murdered Vendor - Mackenzie Sky Blog

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

I’m Shocked My Husband’s Family Is Demanding N500m From Gbaja, Says Wife Of Murdered Vendor

Nigerians Demand Justice For Murdered Newspaper Vendor
Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila

Josephine Okereke, the wife of the Abuja-based newspaper vendor who was allegedly killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has expressed shock that her husband's family are demanding N500 million compensation rather than seeking justice.

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

Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker, last week.

He was rushed to the hospital and couldn't make it back alive.

Not long after Gbajabiamila promised to assist the man’s family and ensure justice for his killer, they wrote the speaker, demanding N500 million compensation.

Following a piece of advice given to the family by a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), to accept the money as it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.

Okereke, however, 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.

“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 to face justice,” she said

She added that the man 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 the vendor so as to make a living,” she said.

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