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Detectives investigating murder of Nigeria’s Ajanaku in London call for witnesses

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Detectives investigating murder of Nigeria’s Ajanaku in London call for witnesses

Late Alex Ajanaku

Published By: Kazeem Ugbodaga

Detectives investigating 2021 fatal shooting of Alex Ajanaku in Leyton, London have renewed appeals for witnesses to come forward.

Alex Ajanaku, who was 18 years old, was murdered on the Beaumont Estate, E10 in the early hours of Wednesday, 1 September 2021.

Detective Sergeant Fenton Davis, from the Specialist Crime Command, said although the police had made four arrests as part of their investigation, they still need “your help to identify who was responsible for taking Alex’s life.”

“We believe that Alex was at a music event on the estate the previous evening and a large number of people would have been there. Did you see anything that could help us trace his murderer? Any piece of information could prove vital in providing Alex’s family with the answers they need.

“Please do the right things and call us. A reward remains in place,” Davis said.

According to the Met Police, a murder investigation was launched after police were called at about 01:25hrs on 1 September, 2021 to reports that Ajanaku had been fatally shot following an unlicensed music event on the Beaumont Estate.

The police said although most of those who had attended the event had left, a small group remained and were sitting on a bench when the shots were fired.

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The police added that the vehicle that is believed to have been used to commit the murder was a black Kia Sportage, which they said had been stolen from Chingford shortly before midnight on 16 August, 2021.

The police said on 3 September, 2021, it was found abandoned and fire damaged in Walthamstow, E17.

They said a reward of up to £20,000 continued to be offered by the Met for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for Alex’s murder.

Alex’s mum said: “My life was completely devastated by Alex’s murder. I loved him so much and miss him every day.

“It has been more than two years since he was killed and nobody has been brought to justice for his murder.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened or who is responsible for Alex’s death to come forward and talk to police.”

 

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