DSS detains personnel for shooting newspaper vendor

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DSS Spokesperson, Peter Afunaya.
DSS Spokesperson, Peter Afunaya.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has detained its personnel attached to Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who shot and killed a newspapers vendor on Thursday.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the DSS, Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, on Friday.

The statement said the operative allegedly shot and killed one Ifeanyi Okereke.

Ifeanyi Okereke was allegedly shot in the head by a security operative attached to the speaker around the Federal Secretariat, the closest establishment to the Three Arms Zone.

The statement reads: “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 And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.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”.

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