Detectives will be appealing for information on the whereabouts of a man wanted for the murderof Marcus Hall in Luton 13 years ago live on BBC1s Crimewatch Roadshow tomorrow.
Seven men were convicted in 2002/3 for the part they played in his murder but Ekun, now aged 37, has so far eluded arrest.
DI Tim Redfearn from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who was on the original murder enquiry, will be making the appeal on Wednesday alongside Marcus’ mother Icelyn Wilson.
The appeal will go out live on BBC1 at 9.15am and feature CCTV from the night of the murder
Adebayo Ekun was originally named as wanted on the BBC’s Crimewatch UK in June 2001. It is hoped 13 years on and with a substantial reward on offer he will be located and brought to justice.
DI Redfearn said: “We have never stopped looking for Adebayo Ekun and four years ago we had good information that he was in Ghana. Every effort was made with the help of our colleagues abroad to find him but he eluded arrest and we lost track of him. This time, we hope that the offer of the cash reward will prompt those who know him or know where he is to come forward.”
“I have no doubt he will have spent the last 13 years looking over his shoulder waiting for us to catch up with him. He may look quite different compared to the pictures we have of him that are 15 years old and he has also used a number of aliases over the years, the main one being James Dalvin. But we know he has family connections in Luton, London and the West Midlands so I am appealing for them to do the right thing and tell us where he is.”
“The £5,000 is payable on his arrest, we do not have to wait for him to be convicted to pay this reward. We have the full support of the Crown Prosecution Service and can proceed to court the moment he is in custody.
“For the sake of Marcus Hall and his family, please do the right thing and tell us where Adebayo Ekun is now.”
Ekun is known to use the following names in various combinations and several different dates of birth:
Adebayo Dalvin James Ekun, Adebayo Kekere-Ekun, Adebayo Mutalito Kekere-Ekun, James Dalvin, Jamie Adebayo, Dave Bell, David Bell, David Aaron Hall, Anthony Higgins, Lavelle Holder, Dalrin James, Dalvin James, Gary Edwin Plummer. Nicknames include Bayo, Biyo, Baywatch.
Anyone with information about Adebayo Ekun should contact the Operation Keighley Incident Room in confidence, on 01480 422791, the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.