The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command refuted claims that the stray bullet that killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja on Thursday, November 19, was shot by a policeman attached to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
A statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, reveals that the security agent who fired the shot was not, as has been generally reported, a policeman.
The statement reads
“The FCT Police Command wishes to unequivocally refute the allegation making round sections of the media that a Police officer attached to the convoy of the Speaker of the House of Representatives shot at a newspaper vendor within the Three Arm Zone on Thursday 19th November,2020.
“Contrary to the misleading information, preliminary investigation into the unfortunate incident reveals that the security aide who shot at the vendor is not a member of the Nigeria Police Force.
“However, the Commissioner of Police FCT CP. Bala Ciroma has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.
“While commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police wishes to guarantee members of the public that the Command will be lucid in its investigation and ensure the findings are made public.”