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Security aide who killed vendor in Speaker’s convoy our operative – DSS Confirms

Valentine Chinyem

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed that the security detail who shot a newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke, in Abuja on Thursday, is its operative.

The DSS said this in a statement by its spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya.

This is also coming after the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who the DSS operative was attached to as security aide, was identified as Abdullahi M. Hassan, by his principal and handed over to his agency for investigations.

According to Afunanya, who did not disclose the name of the operative: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the allegation of shooting and killing of one Ifeanyi Okereke by a security aide of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“The Service hereby confirms that the suspect is one of its personnel deployed to the Speaker’s Convoy as a security detail. And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.

“As part of its disciplinary procedures in the instance, he has been taken into detention. In addition, the Service has opened a detailed investigation into the matter. While it pledges to be transparent and accountable in handling this, it is liaising with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective. The Service condoles with the family of the deceased and his loved ones. It has promised a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this.”