Fugitive Nigerian murder suspect charged in London

Fugitive Nigerian murder suspect charged in London

Friday, November 7, 2014 6:20 am

Okafor,(middle) the murder suspect

Okafor,(middle) the murder suspect

The trial of a 23-year-old Nigerian suspected of killing a fellow Nigerian five years ago and then fleeing to Nigeria will begin today.

The fugitive will be charged today at Croydon Magistrates’ Court, according to Scotland Yard.

Jeffrey Azuka Okafor, wanted over the death of Carl Beatson Asiedu in August 2009, was promptly arrested by detectives at Heathrow Airport after he was flown from Abuja back to Britain.

He was arrested in Asaba, Delta state in southern Nigeria on 23 September.

Carl Beatson Asiedu: stabbed to death

Carl Beatson Asiedu: stabbed to death

Mr Asiedu,a 19 year old student of De Montfort University in Leicester was stabbed in the heart in Goding Street, Vauxhall, south London, after performing a set at the nearby Club Life nightclub.

Asiedu, a teenage rapper, going by the stage name Charmz, died from the stab wounds. He was said to have been found by police officers in one of three cars stopped for ignoring a red light. His friends were taking him to hospital.

CCTV replay later fingered Okafor as the killer. But when police visited his home in Southwark he had disappeared from the UK

The family of Asiedu, who had also appeared in a BBC children’s television series, appealed in August for help in finding his killer.

His father John Asiedu said: ”I still feel the pain and get a lump in my throat whenever his tragic death crosses my mind, or when I hear that someone has been stabbed to death.

”Part of me died with him and I have to carry on living with what is left of me.”

Okafor fled the UK for Nigeria in the days after the murder, and detectives launched a Facebook appeal to try to find him, as well as offering a reward of £10,000 for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

He was last captured on CCTV boarding an Air France flight at Heathrow Airport using his brother’s passport.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ” The Metropolitan Police Service and the British High Commission in Abuja would like to thank the Nigerian police and ministry of justice for the assistance they have provided in securing Okafor’s return to the UK.”

*Originally reported by Mail Online

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