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. demanding only Justice
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 of the premature demise of their irreplaceable
breadwinner has placed on them.”
Josephine 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,”
“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 labor 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 the vendor to make a living,” she said.