Abraham Badru 26, Son of House of Reps member, Dolapo Badru, shot dead in the UK

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Abraham Badru

Abraham Badru 26, Son of House of Reps member, Dolapo Badru, shot dead in the UK

The son of a member of National Assembly, representing Lagos Island 1 at the House of Representatives on All Progressive Congress platform, Abraham Badru 26, was shot dead on Sunday, March 25, 2018 on the street in Dalston, Hackney about 11pm in the night. 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.

Dolapo Badru MHR rep Lagos Island 1

The 62 year old father Dolapo Badru told the Standard that his “quiet and hard-working” son once saved a young woman from rape on the estate and later gave evidence which led to her attacker being jailed and he received a recognition for his heroics act in the year 2015, “for saving a woman from a sex attack.”

Abraham Badru 26, worked as a football coach after earning his Master’s degree in sports coaching from the University of Gloucestershire in 2015. Abraham had previously worked with Bristol council as a sport development officer, according to his LinkedIn profile and had interned at non-league Gloucester City FC during his degree studies at the University of Gloucestershire.

In a statement, his former club Almondsbury FC, near Bristol, said: “The club are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of former striker Abraham Badru.

Friends paid tribute to Abraham as a “bubbly and outgoing” young man who was “making a life for himself” after completing his studies.

Neighbors said Abraham had been to church earlier that day and was getting out of his car when he was shot.

A volunteer said: “He’s such a wonderful guy full of life and very hard-working.”

A school friend added: “He had just finished studying for his Masters in sports at university. He was a bubbly guy and worked so hard. We went to the same church as kids.”

“His mother is a devout Christian. I’m lost for words. I just cannot believe it. He was the nicest guy, very happy and outgoing.”

A neighbor said: “They are a lovely, church-going, and loving family. Everyone is stunned this could happen to Abraham.”

“He was a gentle, respectful young man and I pray for his family that are in pain right now.”

The murder is the third in Hackney this year and comes as 19 young men under the age of 25 have been killed in the capital in 2018.

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.