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BREAKING: Vendors On Rampage In Abuja Over killing Of Colleague

 

By Myke Agunwa & Jide Adeyemi

Newspaper vendors have blocked the Area one axis, Abuja in protest over the death of their colleague.

A trigger hungry police man had on Thursday around Federal Secretariat, snuffed life out of the vendor.

The victim, identified as Ifeanyi Okereke, was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly died.

It was learnt that the shooting happened when Okereke and other street vendors selling on the Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, flocked around the convoy of the Speaker, who was said to be in the habit of giving out money anytime he passed them.

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The placard carrying protesters in their number marched through Area 1 roundabouts with inscriptions; #VendorsLivesMatter, #JusticeForElechi, #StopPoliceBrutality and others.

The protesters were chanting anti government songs to register their anger and displeasure  over the tragic incident.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Comrade Benji Obute called for compensation of the family of the deceased and the wife who was just put to bed. 

He also demanded for the arrest and prosecution of the officer who fired the shot saying that suspension was not enough.

The group bemoaned the impunity and overzealousness by the security operatives by shooting at the innocent man while looking for his means of livelihood.

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He said the kind gesture exhibited by the Speaker by giving money to the Elechi does not warrant cutting short his life.

The vendors said they would return to the streets on Monday in their quest to get justice for the victim.   

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