Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Family Of Slain Newspaper Vendor Demands N500m Compensation, Threatens Legal Action

Succeeding the murder of newspaper vendor Ifeanyichukwu Okereke by a security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the family of the victim has demanded the sum of N500m as compensation.

The family made this demand in a letter dated November 23, 2020, and promised to take legal action against Gbajabiamila if all the demands were not met within seven days.

A part of the letter reads, “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.

“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m 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.”

The operative who shot Okereke, Abdullahi Hassan has since been arrested and the speaker also paid the family a condolence visit where he promised that the family would not suffer

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