Lagos federal lawmaker’s son killed in UK
Abraham Badru, One of the Lagos House of Representatives, Lagos Island Constituency 1, son Dolapo Badru, has been killed.
Twenty-six-year-old Abraham, who studied at University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom and worked as a football coach after his master’s degree, was shot dead in Hackney, London, around 11 pm on Sunday.
Hackney Gazette described that the victim was “found fatally injured near his mother’s house on Ferncliff Road.”
Abraham, who was the 10th person to be killed in London within two weeks, had recently been honored with a bravery award by the police after saving a sex attack victim.
His father, Dolapo, told Evening Standard that he (Abraham) fought off the lady’s assailants, testified against them in court and assisted in their convictions.
The victim’s neighbors said he was shot while getting out of his car.
“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,” a resident told Mailonline.
Another neighbor, who spoke to Evening Standard, stated his mother rushed out after the shooting and also clutched at his lifeless body.
“It was terrible listening to her collapse and crying on the floor. She was 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,” he said.
Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith, from Scotland Yard’s murder squad, said the police needed help from residents to be able to apprehend the killers.
The father, in a Whatsapp message to his colleagues in the House of Reps, said although he could not understand the loss, his faith in God was unshaken.
He recalled that before the killing, Abraham had broken the news of his proposal to his girlfriend to him.
“This is every parent’s nightmare: loss of a child. My heart bleeds seriously.
“I lost my son, Abraham Badru, last night here in London. He was at the right place at the wrong time. He was the only child of his mum.“I couldn’t sleep all night. It still looks like a dream. The irony of it is that he was with me all day until 9 pm when he left for home. Why, why, why him? Such a quiet and obedient boy. He came to discuss his proposal to his girlfriend, telling me not to tell anyone yet. Oh, Abraham! I still cannot digest this. My faith in God is unshakeable, but this one I cannot comprehend.”
Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Leader of the House, in a statement in Abuja, indulged other lawmakers in calling and comforting the family.