The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday, November 20, revealed he has handed over one of his security aides, who allegedly shot dead a newspaper vendor in Abuja on Thursday, to the Department of State Services for prosecution.
1st News had reported the deceased, Ifeanyi Okereke, was shot dead by Abdullahi Hassan on Thursday.
The incident happened as newspaper vendors gathered round the convoy of Gbajabiamila to salute him; as he made his way out of the National Assembly complex. This incident sparked a nationwide uproar with many calling for stiff punishment for the culprit and compensation for the victim’s family.
Furthermore, the colleagues of the victim took to the streets of Abuja on Friday morning to protest his killing.
In his response on Friday, Gbajabiamila promised to ensure that Okereke’s family got the type of support they needed to cushion the effects of his loss. Further, the Speaker promised to see to it that justice is served in the matter.
He said, “I have handed over Abdullahi M. Hassan to the Department of State Services for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action. In the interim, he has been suspended from the convoy.
“I have expressed my personal condolence to his family and have arranged to meet with the parents of Mr Okereke; who are already on their way to Abuja.
“I have committed to them that I will support his wife and the immediate family he left behind.
“I ask all Nigerians to join me in praying for the repose of his soul.”
Update: Unfortunate Death of Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke pic.twitter.com/BVpSVTgVU6
— Femi Gbajabiamila (@femigbaja) November 20, 2020
Meanwhile, a political economist, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, says the prolonged strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) constitutes a serious infringement on the right of youth to education.
Moghalu, also a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); made the assertion in a statement on Thursday, November 19, in Awka.
According to him, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that education is a fundamental human right for everyone.
Equally important, 1st News reports that ASUU had on March 23 embarked on nationwide industrial action; following the Federal Government decision to stop salaries of lecturers who have not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU, which opposed the use of IPPIS for payment of lecturers’ salaries, is also using the strike to compel the government to implement the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and the 2017 MoU.
Moghalu said: “Whereas industrial actions are legitimate; they become dysfunctional when they become protracted.
“Nigeria has had too many ASUU strikes for any meaningful university education system. But, the current strike has simply gone on for too long.”