FG Condoles Family of 14-year-old Killed in London Sword Attack

2nd May 2024

The Federal Government has condoled the family of 14-year-old Daniel Anjorin, who tragically lost his life in a sword attack in London on Tuesday.

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement on Thursday, described the incident as “unfortunate, sad, and gruesome.”

It partly reads: “She condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK, praying unto God to rest the soul of young Daniel whose life was cut short on Tuesday.

“She is optimistic that drastic measures will be used to make sure that the culprit who is already on the Police custody will be punished accordingly.”

Meanwhile, a London magistrates court has ordered that Marcus Arduini Monzo be remanded in custody for murder and other charges.

The Spanish-Brazilian is accused of a violent rampage in a northeastern suburb of the British capital on Tuesday using a Samurai-type sword which left teenager Daniel Anjorin dead and wounded four others.

Monzo, 36, allegedly attacked Anjorin while the teen walked to school, in a crime that has caused shock in the nation.

He is also accused of seriously injuring two police officers, both of whom required surgery and remain in hospital.

One, a woman, suffered severe injuries to her arm and nearly lost a hand, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

It charged Monzo, of east London, on Wednesday with murder, two counts of attempted murder and several other charges.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning wearing a grey sweatshirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, and holding his left arm across his chest.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldpsring remanded him in custody to appear at London’s Old Bailey court on Tuesday if a hearing is not available on Friday.

The horror rampage unfolded just before 7:00 am (0600 GMT) on Tuesday when the accused is alleged to have crashed a van into a house fence, hitting a 33-year-old man before allegedly stabbing him in the neck.

He is then alleged to have attacked a 35-year-old man inside a nearby property, causing lacerations to his arm, before Anjorin was killed.