The family of dead newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke, who was killed by the security aide of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila have made their demand.
Recall that Ifeanyi Okereke was shot by an operative of the Department of State Service Abdullahi Hassan while trying to disperse vendors who was trying to sell their wares.
Gbajabiamila also identified the DSS operative who committed the offence and suspended him from his service pending the investigation.
In a letter addressed to the speaker by Mike Ozekhome, counsel to the family dated November 23, the Okereke family demanded N500 million from the Speaker and also made it clear that the demand is not enough to replace their son.
“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 and armless citizen.
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,” Ozekhome said.
The lawyer added that if the speaker fails to accede to their demand in seven days, they would take legal steps.