DSS confirms arrest of its officer who shot vendor dead in Abuja

5 months ago

The Department of State Security DSS has confirmed the arrest and detainment of its officer, Abdullahi M. Hassan, attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who fired a gunshot that killed a vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke (pictured above), in Abuja on Thursday, November 19.

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A statement released by Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, says the erring officer has been taken into detention and promised to ensure that justice is served.

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.

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 And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.

3. 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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