Police in London arrest 5, charge 3 with murder of Nigerian rapper


Police have arrested five people and charged three others with murder after a 28-year-old Nigerian rapper was stabbed to death in east London.

The victim identified as Abiola Akerele, who performed as Nayta The King, was found injured in Stondon Walk, East Ham, on Tuesday afternoon, 29 December.

Police were called at 3:15 pm to reports of an assault in Stondon Walk, East Ham. Officers arrived with a London Ambulance Service and Akerele was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination established his cause of death as a stab injury to the heart.

Harry Ehibor, 20-year-old, of Chalk Farm Road, Camden, and Saeed Farouk, 21-year-old, of Macaulay Road, East Ham, were charged on Saturday, 3 January 2021.

They will both appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court today, Monday, 4 January.

Rayhan Yasin Ali, 18-year-old, of Abbots Road, East Ham, was charged on Friday, 1 January with murder. He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 2 January where he was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 5 January.

A 17-year-old girl who was arrested on Friday, 1 January on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until a date at the end of January.

On Sunday, 3 January police arrested a 20-year-old man from east London on suspicion of murder at a residential address in Essex.

Detective Inspector Joanna Yorke, from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command (HOMICIDE), said: “I believe that there will be people in the local community who either saw, heard, or know something about this incident. I urge those people to get in touch.”


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