Spokesperson Femi Gbajabiamila has said that Tuesday’s session would be dedicated to paying tribute to a newspaper vendor who died after being shot in Abuja last Thursday.
A Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the president’s office reportedly fired the bullet that killed the vendor, Ifeanyi Emmanuel Okeke, aka Elechi.
Gbajabiamila made this known when he paid a condolence visit to the Abuja Newspaper Sellers and Distributors Associations in Abuja on Sunday.
The president said that even though the House order document already includes important national issues for deliberation, the leadership has resolved to devote a substantial portion of its time to honoring the deceased supplier.
He said the House would also observe the day as a “half-session day.”
He invited the executive and some members of the Abuja Newspaper Sellers Association and the Abuja Newspaper Distributors Association to participate in the session.
He said he has been in mourning since the unfortunate incident occurred.
The Spokesperson had also visited the wife, children and relatives of the late Elechi in Suleja, Niger state, on Saturday.
Gbajabiamila said he has directed his office’s legal department to establish a founding trust to immortalize the late Elechi and take care of the immediate family.
He said he will take care of the education and welfare needs of the deceased seller’s two children until they turn 21.
He insisted that the incident would not stop the cordial relationship he had built over time with the vendors who ply their trade on the streets on a daily basis.
He said that he would ensure that all requests made by the two associations are honored.
House Speaker Benjamin Kalu said lawmakers would work to make November 19 of each year a “Sellers Day.”
The President of the Abuja Newspaper Distributors Association, Etim Iwara, and the President of the Abuja Newspaper Distributors Association, Chief Benji Obute, welcomed the speaker to their premises in Area 1, Abuja.
The duo thanked the Speaker for the steps he has taken thus far to mitigate the loss of Elechi.
They appreciated him for personally visiting the late Elechi’s family and the association.
They urged the Spokesperson to use his good offices to ensure justice for Elechi by diligently prosecuting the DSS operation that shot the vendor.
They also urged the Speaker to build a structure at their facility in Area 1, Abuja to immortalize Elechi.