Reveller jailed after posing with knife in nightclub Snapchat video

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Abel Buafo (Met Police)
Abel Buafo (Met Police)

A man has been jailed for more than six years after posting a video of himself with a knife in a north London nightclub.

Abel Buafo, 23, from Lambeth, pleaded guilty to numerous offences between March 12 2020 and July 29 2021, including possession of a knife, possession of Class A and B drugs, possession of criminal property and being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

Buafo was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Friday to six years and four months in prison, the Metropolitan Police said.

The court heard police were alerted to Snapchat videos of Buafo at a nightclub in Enfield, on December 22 2019, where he recorded himself “selfie-style” waving a black folding knife around the venue.

Footage showed Buafo dancing and singing while waving the knife around, pointing it at his phone’s camera as well as towards people.

It also showed him fist-bumping people while holding the knife, and also apparently dropping it on the floor before picking it up.

Buafo is heard making several references to blicky – a slang term for a knife.

At one point his friend nudges him to be quiet, to which Buafo replies: “I don’t even care about the feds bruv, on my mum’s life.”

On February 11 2020, officers forced entry to his home address on Berry Lane, where they noticed the sink overflowing with a number of plates, which had a white layer of bubbles forming on them.

Officers were given the impression that Buafo had hurriedly flushed something down the sink, deriving from a diluted powder of chemical.

A sample of the white powder in the sink was found to be phenacetin, a well-known cutting agent for making crack cocaine.

Officers also found a large amount of drugs paraphernalia, scales, snap bags, a hydraulic press, cannabis and MDMA pills.

More than £200 in cash and £1,200 in counterfeit cash, as well as a Rambo-style knife, were also found.

At another address, linked to Buafo in Walworth, officers discovered a large bag of cannabis, 903mg of cocaine, two scales and snap bags.

Detective Sergeant Raymond Sekalongo, the investigating officer, said: “Buafo was arrogant enough to think he was above the law and thought he could not only take a knife into a nightclub, but broadcast himself on social media doing it.

“Buafo was wrong not to ‘care about the feds’, because the Met is absolutely committed to taking offensive weapons and drugs off the streets of London.

“The knife in the nightclub and the Rambo knife found in Buafo’s address is yet another example of the intractable link between drug supply and violence.

“Those carrying weapons and supplying drugs should expect a visit from us in the near future.”

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