Up to some six Nigerians have been killed in the recent spat of killings in the London Capital. In a statement from the office of the President Muhammadu Buhari, it has pleaded with Nigerians to stay safe.
In her speech, the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that the government would continue to liaise with the British Embassy in Nigeria to make sure the culprits are brought to justice. Urging Nigerians to stay safe and keep out of trouble, Dabiri-Erewa added, “The increased killing of blacks, especially those of Nigerian origin in London is worrisome and disturbing.”
Father of the latest stabbed teenager, Israel Ogunsola, 18, has asked for peace and resolve. Mr Dele Ogunsola said: “We are struggling to come to terms with what has happened. He has an older brother and sister; he was the baby of the house. We are all heartbroken. The bloodshed must stop. London’s streets are so dangerous. Young people are being slaughtered every day. If it means bringing back more stop and search, then so be it. We have to tackle this problem and the government needs to do more.”
Israel is said to be the 21st fatal attack this year. Described as a computer whizz and a loyal, respectful child, his father adds:”
“My son was a well brought up boy, who respected everyone and was liked by all and sundry. He was thoughtful and joyous and had lots of friends. He went out on his bicycle and never came back. He was on his own as far as I know, maybe it was a robbery, and the police have not told me?”
The Mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, has promised to contain this epidemic, the worst in years.
In London, between February and March, there have been 37 murders in London, compared to 35 in New York during the same period of time.
The rise in knife related crime has to be addressed the Mayor said with a crackdown on persons caught carrying knives.
“No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife,” Khan said in a tweet “Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”