The association of newspaper vendors has taken to the streets of Abuja, the federal capital territory (FCT) to stage a protest against Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila over the killing of Ifeanyi Elechi.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports a security officer attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives killed Ifeanyi on Thursday.
Gbajabiamila explained that the tragic incident happened when his security attachment tried to disperse unidentified men who obstructed his convoy.
The newspaper vendors were seen in the streets of Abuja carrying placards that read: “vendors lives matter”, “vendors are also human beings”, “justice for Elechi”, “Femi Gbajabiamila aide killed a vendor”, etc.
Today, I joined Newspapers Vendors in Abuja protesting the killing of Ifeanyi Elechi by @femigbaja security aide. We must join hands together to put an end to the culture of impunity in Nigeria.#EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #JusticeForIfeanyi pic.twitter.com/IFGJDZedkQ
— Oluwatosin Adeniji #EndSARS🔥🔫 (@callmerahila) November 20, 2020
Newspapers vendors protest at Abuja over the killing of their colleague. Democracy is when everyone understands his right and all come together to fight for it. Justice must be served. pic.twitter.com/AS1ISIzstb
— Kawu Garba (@KawuGarba) November 20, 2020
Earlier, the newspaper vendors under the aegis of Abuja Newspapers Distributors Association (ANDA) had issued a statement directing its members to assemble at Area 1, Abuja for the demonstration.
ANDA’s President, Benji Obute stated, “By this arrangement, papers won’t be shared tomorrow until 10am, all distributors and vendors are to converge at Area 1 as no paper will be allowed in the streets until after the protest.
“Media Houses are enjoined to cooperate with us and ensure that no single paper is leaked out as any paper that defaults will be sanctioned. We must join hands to get justice for the fallen vendor.
“As many as have cardboard papers, markers and other materials needed for the peaceful protest should kindly come with them to the distribution ground tomorrow morning”.