DSS confirms the arrest of officer who shot dead a vendor in Abuja

The Department of State Security DSS has confirmed the arrest of one of it’s officer identified as Abdullahi M. Hassan, who was attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Abdullahi fired a gunshot that killed a vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke, who is pictured above in Abuja on Thursday, November 19.

According to a statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, “the officer has been taken into detention while also stating that justice must surely be served”.

His 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 And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.

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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.”