Who is Michael Adebolajo? More details about the Nigerian terrorist in Woolwich

Michael Olumide Adebolajo, was born in Lambeth in December 1984 to a Christian family, grew up in Romford, travelled to school on the bus, played football and had lots of friends, Guardian sources report, revealing more about one of the two suspects who killed a British soldier on John Wilson street in an unprovoked attack.

Michael Adebolajo

His friends from Marshalls Park School where he attended are finding it difficult to believe the ordinary British schoolboy they once knew is the same man seen carrying bloodied knives and justifying hacking a soldier to death in broad daylight on Wednesday.

“We left year 2001,” one said. “And he was always a good guy at school, do anything for anyone.”

Former neighbours of the family remembered the Adebolajos as friendly. One unidentified neighbour in particular remembered them as “very pleasant, a very ordinary normal family”.

They were churchgoers and attended services at the local church in Romford, Essex.

Not every neighbour had fond memories of the family. Graham Silverton, 63, who lived two doors down from the Adebolajo family, described the experience as unpleasant.

He described Michael Adebolajo’s father as being “aggressive and short tempered”.

Silverton also recalled the neighbours living between him and the Adebolajos had a terrible experience with Michael. He said once the neighbour’s teenage daughter had gone to the Adebolajos to retrieve a ball she kicked into their garden, but was insulted and punched by Michael. The incident was never reported to police.

Silverton says he was “very pleased” when the Adebolajos moved out of the neighbourhood in 2004.

Police on Thursday are reportedly investigating the family home in Saxilby and Adebolajo’s sister’s home in Romford.

Friends at his school did not know of his conversion to Islam in 2003 or what triggered the radical switch in religious beliefs.

Michael changed his name to Mujahid, which means “one who engages in jihad”, and started attending meetings of Al Muhajiroun, an Islamist group that was banned after the 7/7 attacks in London.

But former leader of the group, Anjem Choudary, who confirmed knowing the suspect, denied that he was radicalised by the group. He said Michael stopped attending meetings two years ago and cannot account for what kind of teachings he was exposed to, but he adds that he would neither “condemn nor condone” the action of the 28-year-old.

Guardian UK reports that both Adebolajo and his accomplice, a Nigerian who naturalised in Britain, have featured in counter-terrorism investigations over the past eight years.

It is not clear how both men met. Adebolajo was reportedly seen in Woolwich handing out Islamist literature in High Street, the report said.

  1. youngmello Reply

    Let’s jus stop killing oursef coz dis isa big disgrace to him and his general family..barbaric action indid…y condoles to d family of the victim

  2. genesis ggreybo Reply

    Who is Michael Adebolajo? I’d hav ethought the answer was obvious, HE’S AN IDIOT!!

    • Nah Wah Reply

      The answer’s obvious….he’s a typical Nigerian

  3. hope Reply

    blessing Adebolajo the sister of this vile human smiling as she steeps in to a police car

  4. Chris Reply

    Danny, you made a bold arrogant statement. He was not referring to Nugeria as his country .

  5. Vera Reply

    He didnt mean Nigeria o, british troops dey here? He clearly said the british government should remove their troops from his land, definitely not Nigeria

  6. mr olu Reply

    @frank: why crying wolf where there is none? His nationality by birth should never be an issue but the fact remains that he’s born of nigerian parents and so,what more can you say? @yomyom: you’re definitely one of nigeria’s problematic beings who will never condemn evil but take delight in being praise monger(s) for perpetrators and backers of devilish acts! Hear you out,our children are not trained to kill but you will agree with me that there is the declaration of a state of emergency in 3 nigerian states owing to wanton destruction of lives and properties by no other people but nigerians so,who is fooling who here?

    • Godm Reply

      So, you are saying the guy is more a Nigerian than he is British? You are just as brainwashed as he is. He was brainwashed by the Arabs as you have been brainwashed by the British.

      He may have Nigerian Parents, but he was trained, groomed, influenced and indoctrinated by the British environment.

      Get it into your head.

      • karen smith Reply

        Just remember this. It does not matter where a pit bull is raised, it will still be a savage given half a chance because its bred into it. Some people are born that way – savage

    • renique Reply

      WELL SHIT LIKE THIS HAPPENDS,WHEN WE GOT THESE REDNECKS WANTING TO RULE THE WORLD.. PEOPLE DONT GIVE A SHIT NOW A DAYS, SHIT LIKE THIS DOESNT HAPPENED IN A HISPANIC FAMILY,TO MUCH T.V. AND VIDEOGAMES FREAKS,HAS THESE FOOLS GOING OUT THE CHAIN… DONT GIVE A SHIT,MINUS ONE SNITCH IN THE WORLD

  7. Nicky Reply

    I am so shocked because of what he has done… I met Michael this time last year of line (POF) and this is not the same guy I went clubbing with and chilled with!! What has happened to him!!! Must be brain washed…i hope the police know he rented a room in a house share in chelmsford, Essex..really do not know whether to contact them or not! He should be brought to justice; no excuse! Not sure if he still lived there a year later?

    • Anon Reply

      This is a highly valuable information that could be easily overlooked,and i dont support this gruesome act in anyway.But welding knifes along broad day light, clearly a different frequency is actually in operation here.The video shows how calm he actually seems,his comportment,with no signs of being habitually inebriate upon any external manipulation.There are many possibilities here,i mean countless,well am just saying.

  8. frank Reply

    Nigerians all over the world should speak out and condemn the beheading of a citizen yesterday in UK. The beheading was done by a British citizen and not a Nigerian as speculated, his name does not confirm his nationality. This lunatic was born in the United Kingdom, never been to nigeria, issued a birth certificate in the UK and held a British passport. Suddenly he is now a Nigerian?……This guy is not a NigerianBritish born Michael ‘Mujahid’ Adeboloja with an accomplice yesterday beheaded a British Soldier on a street in Woolwich, London.Because he is not Gabriel Agbonlahor playing for Aston Villa and Three Lions, or Andrew Osagie, UK’s reigning 800m champion, or Lawrence Okoye, British Discus Record Holder (68.24m), or Abiodun oyepitan, British Olympic Silver and Gold Medalist, or Christine Ohuruogu, Beijing Olympic British Gold Medalist, or Eniola Aluko, British Olympic Female Football star, or sade adu the musician or akintunde-akinnuoye agbaje the actor or chiwetel ejiofor the actor or phillip idowu the athlete or seal the musician or lemar the musician or Temi Fagbenle British Olympic Basketball queen, or several other thousands of British citizens with Nigerian connection who are making the country proud, it is being made to look like Nigeria has “shown itself again” in the action of that British boy who beheaded a soldier. yesterday. Nigeria should just be left out of this. Pls pass on to educate the ignorant ones

    • yomyom Reply

      God bless you my brother, it’s realy sad to hear that this man is from 9JA. We dont train our children to kill,is never in our culture to be so inhuman! God bless 9ja.

    • renique Reply

      THIS NIGGAZ GANGSTER,REPRESENTING TO THE FULLEST… WE NEED GZz LIKE THIS IN SOUTHAMERICA,WE BOUT IT…LATING GANGSTER DISCIPLES..LIMA-PERU

    • Nhamodzenyika Freedom Reply

      brilliant statement

    • Anonymous Reply

      He has British citizenship,but he IS Nigerian – understand the difference.

  9. Paula S Reply

    I have to agree with Emeka. He is not Nigerian, he is purely British with Nigerian origins and it is not the same as being Nigerian. He was clearly born and brought up in London, part of UK, capital city. Why the second suspect is not named? because he has ENGLISH sounding name? That is hypocritical, We want to blame other nations and their roots for our bad behaviours….

    • tom Reply

      Ones nationality is that of their father…not where they are born.

  10. Emeka Nwoke Reply

    Nigerians in the United Kingdom have spoken out and condemned the beheading of a citizen yesterday in UK.

    The beheading was done by a British citizen and not a Nigerian as speculated! His name does not confer nationality!

    This lunatic was born in the United Kingdom & has never been to Nigeria. He was issued a birth certificate in the UK and held a British passport. Suddenly he is now a Nigerian?……

    This guy is not a Nigerian!!British born Michael ‘Mujahid’ Adeboloja with an accomplice yesterday beheaded a British Soldier on a street in Woolwich, London.

    Because he is not Gabriel Agbonlahor playing for Aston Villa and Three Lions, or Andrew Osagie, UK’s reigning 800m champion, or Lawrence Okoye, British Discus Record Holder (68.24m), or Abiodun oyepitan, British Olympic Silver and Gold Medalist, or Christine Ohuruogu, Beijing Olympic British Gold Medalist, or Eniola Aluko, British Olympic Female Football star, or Temi Fagbenle British Olympic Basketball queen, or Chuka Umunna (MP) or several other thousands of British citizens with Nigerian connection who are making the country proud, it is being made to look like Nigeria has “shown itself again” in the action of that British boy who beheaded a soldier yesterday.

    We call on the Nigeria High Commission here in United Kingdom to issue emphatic statement deploring such ‘barbaric’ acts of terror while at the same time distancing our beloved country from such acts. These guys are pure British, born and raised here with British values.

    • danny Reply

      emeka your a idiot he himself kept saying our land ie nigeria i agree he was clearly british but a crazed man that kept refering to his land not england but nigeria so how can u critisise the media for saying he was nigerian when he himself kept repeating it plus i think ure missing the point these fucking scum killed a inocent random human being regardless of nationality ther fucking vile animals that should rot

      • ben Reply

        I’m not sure he meant Nigeria when he said our land, but rather a reference to Muslim countries.

      • Whale Honeywell Reply

        I think we should firstly send our condolence message to the families of the victim and as human beings come together to condemn this barbaric act by these two men and come up with new measure and policies that will cub this kind of act in future.

        I suspect more disillusioned Muslim jihadis like these two guys may spring up anywhere in Europe not necessarily in UK.

        ”our land” here is not Nigeria but Arab world who he now represents. Go over his entire speech again and you will get his view clearly. I condemn what these two guys did and they should face the full force of the law.

        We should all say NO to TERRORISM in our society.

        • Ade Reply

          My thought and prayers to Riggers family.
          I condemn the gruesome and babaric murder of this young british soldier. Also, I will like to quickly add that this 2 men are not Nigerians. If they had been, I bet they would have been back to Nigeria by now instead of wasting UK task payers money and being on security service watch list.
          Adebolajo in his speech said “our land” where british soldiers are operating. FYI, there are no british soldiers operating in Nigeria presently. These men have been brainwashed. Remember they were muslim converts where they always say they preach peace. I think the UK government should allow people of other origin to train their kids/wards their own cultural way. I have a strong believe that if this had happened, this guys would not have dragged their family names into mud.

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