The son of a popular Ibadan based politician, Sodiq Adeojo, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of 17 year-old Sylvester Akapalara on December 29,2010.
Sodiq Adeojo,20, of Peckham was tried along with two of his brothers, Qudus, 18, and a 16 year old who cannot be named for legal reasons. All the three brothers were said to belong to the notorious GAS Gang of Brixton.
His other two brothers were cleared in the murder case, but Sodiq was convicted of murder, two counts of attempted murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and having an offensive weapon.
After the murder the gang tried to intimidate key witnesses by putting out leaflets warning them not to assist the police in their investigations or they will be dealt with.
Delivering his judgement, Judge Timothy Pontious said: “Sylvester was an athlete of remarkable ability. He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It seems he was just one of the many victims targeted in the last few years in mindless and appalling violence simply because of their membership or presumed membership of opposing gangs.”