by Rachel Ogbu
Abraham Badru, 26, son of Nigerian politician, Dolapo Badru, 62, a member of the Nigerian Assembly, was shot dead near his family’s home in Hackney on Sunday night at around 11 pm.
Badru who previously worked as a sports development officer at Bristol City Council obtained a Masters degree in sports coaching from the University of Gloucestershire. He was also a local hero after he saved a girl from getting sexually assaulted and testified against the criminals in court a few years ago.
There is no link to his testament and his murder as the perpetrators still remain at large. Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith, from Scotland Yard’s murder squad, said: ‘We are appealing for information so we can establish the circumstances which led to a young man losing his life.
At the moment, all we have are witness account of what happened after they heard the gunshot that killed Badru who friends have described as ‘gentle, bubbly, outgoing’ and ‘the nicest’ man who was ‘making a life for himself’ and regularly attended church with his family.
A witness told the Standard: “His mother came out and saw him on the floor. It was terrible listening to her collapse crying on the floor. She was just screaming. Everyone was very upset and I had to go away, I couldn’t take it. It happened on our doorstep and I had to say a little prayer for the family.”
According to a Daily Mail report;
Neighbours said he was shot while getting out of his car and expressed concerns about safety in the area.
One said: ‘As soon as I heard the bang, I knew it was a gunshot. I’m ex-military and knew that couldn’t be a firework.
‘I went to my balcony and saw a man slumped over on the ground at the back of a car.
‘There was just one shot and a cry of pain. No speeding scooter and no speeding car.
‘I didn’t see anyone make off.’
Badru is the tenth person to be murdered in London in just 12 days.