NIDCOM reacts to death of Nigerian who died while trying to save drowning Briton

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condoled with the family of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, the 20-year-old Nigerian, who died while trying to save the life of a woman who fell from the London Bridge on Saturday.

The young Nigerian popularly known as Jimi was on his way home from work when he saw a woman fall off London Bridge as he and another man entered the water at around midnight in a bid to rescue her, but while the woman and the other man were rescued by the Coastguard and the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Unit, Jimi wasn’t found after an extensive search.

Jimi’s passage left his father, Michael Adewole, 63, and his mother, Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, heartbroken.

In a statement on Tuesday by the commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the NIDCOM boss described him as “our hero and a great martyr”  saying he would never be forgotten.

“This is a very painful and sad incident for a young promising Jimi to die this way, sacrificing  his life,” she said in the statement titled, ‘Jimi is our hero, martyr’.

Undoubtedly, Jimi with this courageous and selfless act, has earned himself the sobriquet of a hero and attained the highest form of death; martyrdom,” she said.

Commenting on reports of Jimi’s death, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted that “he was the best of us.”


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