Wife of newspaper vendor killed by Gbajabiamila’s aide disowns husband family’s N500m compensation
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Wife of the Newspaper vendor killed by a DSS operative working with Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Josephine Okereke has disassociated herself from the N500 million compensation lawsuit.
Okereke told newsmen on Thursday in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family, adding that what was paramount now is how to get justice for her late husband.
Recall that on Nov. 23, a letter signed by Mike Ozekhome (SAN), counsel to Okereke’s family, had demanded a N500 million compensation from Speaker Gbajabiamila.
The letter also stated that failure to comply with the N500 million demand within seven days would led to legal action against the Speaker.
She however said that the Speaker had since reached out to the family with a promise to take care of the children.
“Gbajabiamila carried my new born child when he came to our house and said he was not a speaker when he knew my husband.”
Okereke said that what she needed at the moment is justice and not N500 million, stressing that she will never be in support of the N500 million compensation. The bereaved wife said the speaker had done what was unexpected of someone in authority with a promise to take care of the children education and other needs.
“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation.
“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice, he was the bread winner of the family and he just secured a job with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“But COVID-19 prevented him from resuming, it was the Minister, Dr Chris Ngige, that helped him secured the job, but since COVID-19 prevented him from resuming he went back to vendor so as to make a living,” she said.
The 36-year-old mother of two said she was also a vendor when they both met in 2013 and the union had since produced two children, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
Recall that Ifeanyi Okereke, the vendor was shot in the head on Nov. 19 by a security detail attached to Gbajabiamila when the speaker’s convoy passed through the Federal Secretariat.