Josephine Okereke, the wife of the newspaper vendor shot and killed by a Department of State Services operative attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family over their demand for N500m compensation.
Josephine spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, days after the family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke had written to Gbajabiamila, demanding N500m.
According to the widow, she was not aware of the pre-litigation process, urging the Speaker to ignore the family and fulfil his promises to her and her two children.
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), lawyer to the family, in a letter dated November 23, 2020, said he was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.
The letter read:
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.
The DSS had last week arrested Abdullahi Hassan, the operative who shot newspaper vendor, while Gbajabiamila had also visited the family of the deceased and promised to ensure that they do not suffer.
The family of the deceased, however, demanded more, adding that nothing could bring the dead vendor back to life.