£10, 000 Reward To Find Murder Suspect Who Fled To Nigeria

Police have launched a fresh appeal to find the killer of a former CBBC actor and DJ in a bid to get people to give information about his whereabouts.

There’s a £10, 000 reward for anyone with information about a man who they believe fled to Nigeria days after committing the murder of Carl Beatson Asiedu, a promising young actor who was studying to become a film producer. He was stabbed in the heart shortly after playing at Club Life in Vauxhall in 2009.

Three men have already been convicted in the case, but Police believe the man who actually stabbed Carl, Jeffrey Okafor boarded a flight to Nigeria 17 days after the murder.

Suspect:  Jeffrey Okafor. Police have released images of Okafor to help people identify him.  Photo: Met Police

Suspect: Jeffrey Okafor. Police have released images of Okafor to help people identify him.
Photo: Met Police

Five years on, his parents say the wound remains as fresh as ever.

“We are still broken, said Carl’s father John.

“Five years have gone, but the pain is still there,’ he told the BBC. “Anytime you hear that somebody has been stabbed, you remember what happened to you. You have that lump in your throat.”

Mr Asiedu said he believed that there were people in Nigeria who knew Okafor, but may not know who he really was. He urged him to do the right thing and turn himself in to the police.

Det Inspector Alison Hepworth told the BBC, “I would appeal to those people – his friends or family – if you have in some way helped to aid his escape, now is your opportunity to do the right thing and tell us where he is.”

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