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DSS Detains Operative Who Shot Speaker’s ‘Vendor’



By Chuks Ekpeneru

The Department of State Services (DSS) has vowed to ensure a detailed investigation into the killing of an Abuja vendor, Ifeanyi Okeke on Thursday.

Okeke was accidentally shot by a security aide of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamilla near the Federal Secretariat.

DSS PRO, Dr. Peter Afunanya, in press release Friday night confirmed that the security Aide has been detained.

According to the PRO, “The Service hereby confirms that the suspect is one of its personnel deployed to the Speaker’s Convoy as a security detail. And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment. 

“As part of its disciplinary procedures in the instance, he has been taken into detention. In addition, the Service has opened a detailed investigation into the matter.

“While it pledges to be transparent and accountable in handling this, it is liaising with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective.

“The Service condoles with the family of the deceased and his loved ones. It has promised a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this.”

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