I’m Shocked My Husband’s Family Is Demanding N500m From Gbaja, says Slain Vendor’s Widow
Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor allegedly killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.
Okereke told journalists on Thursday that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.
Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker, last week.
He later died in the hospital.
Not long after Gbajabiamila promised to assist the man’s family and ensure justice for his killer, they wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.
In the letter, Mike Ozekhome, counsel to the family, said: “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.”
Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
She added that the man had secured a job with the federal ministry of labour and employment some months ago but was unable to start because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“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.