Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condoled with the family of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, the 20-year old Nigerian, who lost his life while trying to save the life of a woman who fell from London Bridge, describing him as “our hero and a great martyr.”
In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the NIDCOM boss, though deeply pained by the death of the young Nigerian trying to save someone else’s life, described him as a hero, never to be forgotten.
She passionately appealed to the family of Jimi to take heart and be consoled with the fact that Jimi died as a fearless hero and will be
forever remembered as a martyr.
Dabiri-Erewa prayed unto God to allow Jimi ‘s soul rest in perfect peace and comfort his aged parents, family and friends in the best manner.
“This is a very painful and sad incident for a young promising Jimi to die this way sacrificing his life .
Undoubtedly, Jimi with this courageous and selfless act, has earned himself the sobriquet of an hero and attained the highest form of death, martyrdom”, she said.
The late Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, a.k.a Jimi, was on his way home from work when he saw a woman fall off London Bridge on Saturday.
He and another man entered the water at around midnight on Saturday in a bid to rescue her.
The woman and the other man were rescued by the Coastguard and the Metropolitan Police’s marine unit – but Jimi wasn’t found after an
Jimi’s parents Michael Adewole, 63, and his mother Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, have been left heartbroken .
Commenting on reports of Mr Olubunmi-Adewole’s death, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted that he “was the best of us”.