Nigeria Fugitive Extradited to the United Kingdom Convicted of Murder

800px-Flag_of_Nigeria.svg (1)On 7 September 2015, Wale Kere-Ekun, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United Kingdom for murder. Mr Kere-Ekun was extradited from Nigeria, to the UK, to face the charges at some point after his arrest in Nigeria in February 2015. A report is here.

It is alleged that Mr Kere-Ekun murdered 18-year old, Marcus Hall, in 2001, following a brawl outside a nightclub in Luton. He initially pleaded guilty to the murder charge, before the Luton Crown Court, before fleeing to Nigeria.

Seven members of the gang were convicted in 2002 and 2003 for their part in Mr Hall’s murder, but two convictions were later quashed.

Mr Kere-Ekun was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria on 12 February 2015, on unrelated identity theft offences. During the investigation, it was revealed that Mr Kere-Ekun had been placed on a UK police wanted list.

Mr Kere-Ekun’s extradition notice was signed by the then Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bell Adoke, and served on him by the EFCC.

According to reports, Mr Kere-Ekun was difficult to trace in Nigeria because he had disguised himself with a number of 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.

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