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UK mother reacts to Nigerian murderer's sentence

08 September 2015, 08:49Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Nigerian fugitive, Abdul Adewale Kekere-Ekun, may have been slapped with a life sentence but it will take time for the mother of the United Kingdom teenager he killed to heal.

Kekere-Ekun has been sentenced in the United Kingdom for the murder of 18-year-old Marcus Hall in 2001.

This followed a brawl outside Luton’s Atmosphere Nightclub, where the popular music group, So Solid Crew, had performed. 

Icelyn Wilson, Hall's mother, in a statement issued through the  Bedfordshire Police, was overcome by emotion.

"My  son's death still hurts as if it had happened yesterday and I will never get over it," she said.

"You did not just ruin one life, you left a 'ripple effect' which has impacted on everyone involved in my son, Marcus' life."

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Kekere-Ekun in February for identity theft-related offences.

Although 39-year-old Kekere-Ekun, who goes by several aliases like Adebayo Dalvin James Ekun, Adeba Yo Kekere-Ekun, Adeba Yo Muta Lito Kekere-Ekun, James Dalvin, James Adebayo, had initially pleaded guilty to the murder charge before the Luton Crown Court, he later fled to Nigeria. 

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During investigation, it was revealed that Kekere-Ekun, who was arrested for fraud, was on the wanted list of the United Kingdom Police

Consequently, an extradition notice signed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, was served on him by the EFCC.

He was finally extradited back to the United Kingdom, where he reportedly admitted to the killing.

Before his conviction on Monday, seven of the gang members had been convicted in 2002 and 2003 for their part in Hall's murder, but two convictions were later quashed. 

- CAJ News

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