Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said he is distraught by the fatal shooting of a vendor at the Federal Secretariat Abuja on Wednesday.

The Speaker, in a statement he personally signed, described the event as “a horrible incident.”

The statement reads:”A horrible incident has taken place. This evening as I left the National Assembly, I stopped as usual to exchange pleasantries with the newspaper vendors at the corner. Many of them have known me since I first moved to Abuja and it was a friendly exchange.

“Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of movement, unidentified men obstructed the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disperse them.

“Some hours later, after getting to our destination, it was brought to my attention that someone was hit by a stray bullet, contrary to an earlier report by men in the convoy that they applied their security discretion to shoot in the air.