The family of the slain newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Elechi Okereke have demanded for the sum of 500 million naira as compensation from Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speakers of the House of Representatives.
Recall that, Gbajabiamila had early paid a visit to the deceased family to sympathize with them after his security aide, Abdulahi Hassan gunned down Ifeanyi in Abuja.
The legal counsel to the family, Barr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN) wrote a letter to the speaker communicating the demands of the family to the speaker.
According to the Punch, the family are demanding for the sum of 500 million naira as compensation to be paid in the next seven days or he would be sued. The letter was signed by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke and the brother, Destiny Okereke.
The letter reads;
“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.
“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only. This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.
“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights.”
As of the time of filing this report, the speaker is yet to respond to this development. However, Nigerians all over social media have begin to talk about the news.