Shooting of Newspaper Vendor: HURIWA Calls on Gbajabiamila to Resign

Rights group, Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria HURIWA has urged the  Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila to take responsibility for the extrajudicial killing of Abuja Newspaper Vendor Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke by a security aide attached to the Speaker.

In a statement signed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Rights group described as tepid, the explanation offered by the parliamentarian on the tragic but entirely avoidable incident.

The Rights group said the Speaker is in the terrible habit of moving about and around Abuja with hundreds of people in his convoy and wonders why such a man that had his higher education and worked in a civilized Clime like the United States of America could be so power drunk and primitive as to intimidate poor residents of Abuja each time he needs to attend a function. "The other day at a five star hotel, the Speaker was seen with nearly one hundred people attending just one meeting. The fuel and human resources wasted in running the office of Speaker in the current administration is outrageous and wayward".  HURIWA CONDEMNS the killing of the vendor as pure murder and has demanded for the immediate arrest, prosecution and punishment for murder of the trigger happy cop who shot and killed the Abuja Vendor. 

“In management as well as in political leadership, the revered ethical principles of responsibility and accountability demands that speaker Gbajabiaila takes total responsibility for the irresponsible conduct of his personal security assistant who reports directly to him just as HURIWA says the speaker showed insensitivity and reckless lack of empathy by failing to render first aid assistance to the Vendor the moment  he was shot going by the reports that the speaker allegedly asked the trigger happy security detail why he shot at the Vendor. The attempt by the speaker to spread propaganda seeking to exculpate or exonerate  his person from that despicable crime is totally unacceptable."

HURIWA has therefore asked the speaker Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila to tender his resignation from the high office of speaker and also to ensure that the killer security detail is prosecuted and sanctioned for murder.