Court approves extradition of Nigerian to UK for murder charges

A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Monday March 9, 2015 ordered the extradition of Abdul Adewale Kekere-Ekun,to the United Kingdom where he is wanted for murder related offences.

Justice A. R Mohammed gave the nod for Mr. Kekere- Ekun’s extradition after his lawyers dropped their objection to the extradition request brought by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, in the face of compelling argument.

Mr. Kekere-Ekun is to be extradited after fifteen days from the date of the ruling.

He is wanted by the UK government for the murder of one Marcus Hall, an 18-year-old who was beaten and stabbed to death 14 years ago following a fight outside a night club in Luton, England. The rest of the culprits have been prosecuted and jailed in the UK, but Mr. Kekere-Ekun has been on the run.

The UK Police had difficulties tracking him down because he frequently disguises himself with several aliases (Adebayo Dalvin James Ekun, Adeba Yo Kekere-Ekun, Adeba Yo Muta Lito Kekere-Ekun, James Dalvin, James Adebayo, Dave Bell, David Aaro Hall, Anthony Higgins, Lavelle Holder, Dalrin James, Dalvin James and Gary Edwin Plummer)

The suspect was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Lagos on February 12, 2015 with the support of the National Crime Agency. He was picked up for identity theft related offences only for checks by the agency to reveal that he is on the wanted list of the UK Police.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity


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  • Otile

    Holy war is a duty of ever Muslim everywhere in the world. In February, a video was released appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped by IS militants in Sirte.

    • aw_abk

      you need a life

  • akinwumi komolafe

    I am cocksure that the Igbo doing businesses and having stupendously high number of estates and properties outside Igbo are not convenient with the restive irredentists and secessionists urging the immediate recreation of Biafra–Biafra should be a gradual process. Her creation diplomatically ought to be pursued methodically and wisely through these machineries:pressing energetically for 2014 confab reports implementation,series of consultations fundamentally involving Igbos with stakes in the west and north, and referenda.It is impolitic to rush things

  • Jeno Cosi

    Ogbnna made a lot of sense, I commend him. However, he failed to advance a single idea on what Igbo people are supposed to do going forward. This deliberate or inadvertent omission makes him out to look like a critique who could be representing an outside special interest group. I am suspicious of Mr Ogbnna’s purpose for writing this article.

  • Abdel-Gafar Akinlabi Salaudeen

    Ogbonna,you really make my day.The Igbo people should hold their leaders responsible for the underdevelopment in Igboland.Their leaders are the one misappropriating their resources.The last time I checked the Yoruba and Hausa are not the elected government officials @ state & federal levels.Beating the drums of war is an ill wind that will blow us no good.

  • truth

    People will let you leave well alone if thats your idea; though not easy to break a nation. Humans try to build bridges, not walls. The berlin Wall was brought down. Maybe Sudan will follow suit, time will tell. United States of America’s Trump may someday see his wall with Mexico a waste and needless; but had already gottten praises from like mentalities. There is now sence in globalization where every region brings their abilily to the market place accountably. Clean your house for accountability before you assume outsiders are bewitching you. Democracy is a fertile phenomenom for Nigeria’s equitable growth, not greed.

  • Remi

    No sir, the Igbos did not kill Jesus and they could not have
    done so. No Igbo historian of note takes the claimed Jewish roots of the Igbo
    people seriously. It is a myth that probably originated from the uncomplimentary
    remarks of some British colonial officials , and one which was to later gained
    currency when it became a potent propaganda tool
    for recruiting friends during the
    Biafran crisis.

    In my opinion, I think that the problem of the Igbos in
    Nigeria derives more from the choices
    they make and how realistic they are willing to be about the repercussions of
    their choices. One truism about life is that no condition is permanent, and
    once you reflect upon and evaluate your changing circumstances in the
    light of this truism, then you will be
    more realistic about these changes. For example, taking the “95-5 percent,
    reward formula” goof by a neophyte
    President Buhari to heart, was simply unrealistic. Reality is that
    Nigerian politics is, and has always,
    operated on a winner takes all basis; thus, when a neophyte President Buhari
    fell for a trap question by frankly saying that he was going to be differential
    in sharing political rewards, he was merely stating the obvious, albeit
    impolitically. That is the way it has always been, and was, in 1960, 1979, 1993,
    1999, 2011 and in 2015, too
    . The 1999 case bears special
    mention, because in that year, the north successfully imposed their own Yoruba
    President on the Yorubas, a man whom the Yorubas roundly rejected, and one who
    subsequently went on to marginalise them. Between 1999 and 2003, President Obasanjo
    politically, and some say economically too, empowered more non-Yoruba technocrats,
    businessmen and politicians than he did his
    fellow Yorubas. Which goes to show that our “winner-takes-all “ system derives
    more from an attitudinal trait, than it
    is from malice.

    Always remember that each time you, or your ally, wins; some
    other people lose, therefore the next time you lose, especially in what is widely acknowledged as a free and
    fair contest, it is simply your turn, as no condition is permanent. To my mind,
    when you lose an election, the best approach is to deeply reflect on the whole
    process, re-strategise and reach out; rather than resort to emotionally
    blackmailing and abusing your opponents, for what may well be your own fault. Those who had been consistently left out in
    the cold in 1960, 1979, 1993, 1999 and 2011 did not become the worse for it, if
    anything, they appear to have come out the better for it, in spite of all their travails. Which always go to show
    that there is life after the loss of an election and the “wise person” should
    never allow their loss of one election
    to foreclose their chances of winning subsequent elections. And this brings me
    to my second point, about the choices that Igbos make.

    Each time I listen on Radio
    Biafra London (RBL) to activists
    of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) rail at and abuse everyone, whilst promoting
    themselves, I often come away asking myself what their game plan , for
    achieving Biafra, is. After having burnt
    their bridges, they have today moved from the position of provoking war, to
    demanding for a referendum, as a means of attaining Biafra. Whereas, none of our extant laws supports a referendum, for
    whatever purposes, it will therefore, take extraordinary cooperation and
    sympathy from other Nigerians to agree to the creation of a legal framework for
    one. However, this sympathy and cooperation may be hard to come by , given their
    negative and condescending attitude towards other Nigerians. As things are now, these activists seem to have
    boxed the Igbos into a corner, the implication of which is that they will
    neither get Biafra, at least not through a referendum, nor will they get
    Nigeria, having unwisely isolated themselves, and so, the complaint of “marginalisation”
    will continue. Furthermore, since 2015, the extremists on the Igbo side have
    been allowed free rein to generate bad blood between the Igbos and their fellow
    compatriots and induce hatred and mistrust on the other side. Hence, we are
    today not the wiser about solving the
    problems that the Igbos have put on the table, but are rather at sea about a solution to an apparently
    escalating problem. How unfortunate!