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Breaking: Son of House of Reps member shot dead in UK

Mr Badru worked as a football coach after earning his Masters degree in 2015

Abraham Badru, son of Enitan Badru, a member of Nigeria’s house of representatives, has been shot dead in the UK.

Abraham Badru, 26, who was given a police bravery award as a teenager for saving a woman from a sex attack, was gunned down in the street in Dalston, Hackney, just after 11pm on Sunday.

Mr Badru, who worked as a football coach after earning his Masters degree in 2015, was found slumped on the pavement by police called to reports 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.

Mr Badru’s father Dolapo Badru, 62, is a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Nigeria’s 360-seat equivalent to the House of Commons.

Some of his neighbors who spoke with Evening Standard said Badru who had been to church earlier that Sunday was shot around 11pm when he was getting out of his car, near his family’s residence in Hackney.

“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,” one of the neighbours recounted to the London newspaper.

He added that there was just one shot and a cry of pain, and he did not see a speeding scooter or speeding car.

Badru’s mother, according to another neighbour, came out and saw her son 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,” the neighbour explained.

“You were always a top lad to everyone in the team and we had such a good laugh together on and off the pitch,” Ian Semple, one of his friends, wrote on his Facebook wall.

No arrest has been made, but Larry Smith, detective chief Inspector from Scotland Yard’s murder squad is appealing for information so they can establish the circumstances which led to Badru’s death.

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