Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has expressed her condolences to the family of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole.

Folajimi, 20-year old Nigerian, 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.”

Erewa in a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said 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.

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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, better known as 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 extensive search.

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”.