Three young Nigerians have been stabbed to death within a week as the violence gripping the streets of London appears to have gone beyond control.
The Mayor of London recently said it would ake a generation to eradicate the knife attacks that have left more than 122 people murdered in the capital this year alone.
Last Friday, college student Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17, was knifed to death outside Clapham South Tube station.
The latest victim, a 16-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in Tulse Hill, south London on Monday has been named by Scotland Yard as John Ogunjobi. Friends said he was a drill rapper known as JaySav.
Then there was 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, whowas stabbed in Anerley, south London on Sunday.
Azeez was chased down the street before he was stabbed. He was murdered in broad daylight in Samos Road.
Emergency services were called at 12.30pm on Sunday November 4 but he died half an hour later, despite efforts from paramedics.
Azeez, who was from Dagenham in east London, was the fourth of five people to have been stabbed since Halloween
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: ‘This attack took place in the middle of the day, in broad daylight in a residential street.
‘It goes without saying that this incident would have stood out in what would normally have been a quiet environment.
‘It appears that four or five male suspects were involved in the attack; both they and Ayodeji were seen to run into Samos Road from Grace Mews. By this point Ayodeji had been attacked. The suspects fled in one direction while Ayodeji went the other way before he collapsed.
”I am appealing to anyone who was in the area on Sunday afternoon and saw this attack, or the events surrounding the attack, to come forward and speak to police. This includes trying to establish if anyone was with Ayodeji when he was attacked.
‘My officers are making progress as to why Ayodeji was in the area, why he came to be attacked and who was responsible for his murder, but we need information from the public to assist us in keeping the momentum of this investigation moving forward.’
Police had previously arrested two men, aged 19 and 21, on suspicion of murder on Sunday, who were later released under investigation.
Ogunjobi, known to friends as JaySav, became the fifth stabbing death in the capital in just seven days when he was attacked on Monday. He was also the 119th person to be killed in London this year.
Detectives believe Ogunjobi was attacked by a number of suspects amid the murder is thought to be linked to rival drill music gangs – Lower Tulse Hill and the Harlem Spartans from nearby Kennington.
The teenager collapsed in the street and died in front of his devastated mother, with one witness describing her screaming at the scene.
Police were called to reports of a shooting in Greenleaf Close at 10.53pm on Monday. Paramedics tried to save the boy, but he was pronounced dead at 11.41pm.
A post-mortem examination held on Thursday gave the cause of death as a stab wound, but Scotland Yard is investigating whether a firearm was discharged.
A woman who asked not to be named said: ‘He must have been on his own and that’s why they targeted him. He was stabbed five times, in the heart and in the stomach.
‘John was the youngest of three in his family, he was fun, he had a lot of banter. Everyone in the area knew him as a fun guy.’