Abraham Badru, the graduate son of a leading Nigerian politician, Enitan Dolapo Badru, was shot dead near his family’s London home in the latest round of bloodshed in the capital of UK.
The 26-year-old Nigerian, who worked as a football coach after earning his Masters degree in 2015, was gunned down in the street in Dalston, Hackney, just after 11pm on Sunday.
The Evening Standard reports that Mr Badru, was found slumped on the pavement by people who called the police to report of a loud gunshot.
He was pronounced dead a short time later. His mother, who had rushed to his side, was seen by witnesses collapsed in tears on the pavement.
Neighbours said Mr Badru had been to church earlier that day and was getting out of his car when he was shot.
One neighbour said: “As soon as I heard the bang, I knew it was a gunshot. 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.”
Another said: “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.”
Speaking of the incident, 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.
“Anyone with information who hasn’t yet spoken with us should come forward without delay. Your call will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
There have been no arrests.
Mr Badru’s father, Dolapo Badru, 62, is a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives.