Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Police, Hoodlums Accused Of Killing Undergraduate, Friend

Culled from Punch

Policemen attached to the Badagry Police Division, Lagos State, and some hoodlums have been accused of killing a 25-year-old undergraduate of Delta State University, Ifechukwude Nwainokpor, and his friend, identified simply as Kazeem.

An eight-minute video clip of the gruesome killing, which was made available to PUNCH Metro, showed the two victims handcuffed together. They were covered in their own blood and beaten to death with sticks. Tyres were also put round   their necks.

An irate mob could be seen in the video, shouting, “die, die, burn them, burn them.”

At some points in the video, a policeman was seen interviewing the boys. He asked who sent them (victims) to rob the area, an accusation they denied. One of the hoodlums, holding a sharp object attempted to cut off the private part of one of the victims.


Nwainokpor could be seen pleading with the hoodlums and policemen to spare his life, saying he could identify himself if given a chance. His plea, however, fell on deaf ears.

Our correspondent, who visited the family of Nwainokpor on Tuesday, learnt that the lynching took place around 3pm on July 21, 2013 in Ajara area of Badagry, a community not far from Nwainokpor’s family home.

His father, Samuel, told PUNCH Metro that his son was arrested while passing through a street in the area  but a misunderstanding later ensued and the hoodlums pounced on  him  and Kazeem.

He added that  Nwainokpor, who was nicknamed Ify, was a final year student of Geology and Mining.

He said, “On that particular day, I was in Ghana when I received a telephone call  that I should come immediately. My wife was in Delta State taking care of her   mother.

“When I arrived two days later, my relatives and the caretaker of my house  told me that my son was killed in the Ajara area along with his friend. I was devastated.

“I got my son a  temporary job with a Customs licensed  agent since their lecturers were on strike.  He worked everyday except on Sundays when he visited his  friends. On that day, he went to see Kazeem and they were strolling around Ajara.”

Samuel said because there had been a robbery in Ajara four days earlier, some of the residents were on the lookout for strange faces.

He added that when the youth  saw two unknown young men, they  accosted them and an argument ensued.

He said the youth  called the head of the vigilante group   in the area, one Asiribo.

He said, “Asiribo came to the scene with a locally-made pistol and handcuffs. He handcuffed my son and his friend  before asking them questions.

“Later, it was decided that the boys be taken to the Baale, Agano Oniyon of Agamade Ajara. But as they were going, Asiribo, while trying to return his gun into its pouch, mistakenly shot himself in the stomach and died.”

Samuel said Asiribo’s death infuriated the youth, who  blamed the boys for  his  death.

“The mob picked up sticks  and beat them to death. Policemen were there,”   he  said.

Holding back tears, the retired immigration officer   added  that the police treated the matter as a robbery case. Beating  his chest,  Samuel said there was no way his son would have been involved in  armed robbery.

He said, “I have been living in Badagry since 1982. I have only two children and Ifechukwude is the first. Ironically, he was born in that same area where he was killed.

“I have lived in this area without any trouble and  the residents  can tell you that my sons are good  boys.”

Nwainokpor’s boss, Aloysius Onyenibedi, described him as an honest and hardworking person.

“I trusted him to the extent that I used to keep a lot of money with him. He was good to my children and was honest,” he said.

The Nwainokpor family berated the Divisional Police Officer, Badagry Police Station,  Dankoli Mohammed, for the manner he treated the case.

Samuel said when he approached the DPO, he was told that his son was killed at midnight for armed robbery.

He said, “When the policemen came to take the corpses, guns were planted on them. Policemen at the station told the DPO that they were robbers. Their corpses were taken along with that Asiribo to Badagry General Hospital’s mortuary.

“The following morning, the DPO released Asiribo’s corpse for burial without investigation. My relatives went to the station and after showing the DPO the video, the matter was transferred to the Area K Command.

“At Present, Asiribo’s son has fled, while the DPO has been unable to identify the policemen who were present at the scene when my son  and his friend were killed.”

PUNCH Metro however learnt that through the video, some people had arrested one of the perpetrators. The suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department,  Panti, Yaba.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, said, “The incident is quite pathetic. Even if they were armed robbers, no one has the right to take the life of another. Why then do we have the police and the judiciary? The Nigerian police as well as the law condemn mob action and jungle justice. The commissioner of police has set up a high- powered investigation body to investigate the matter.”







51 comments:

  1. High-power indeed...... Aluu four .... same story

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    1. Yes, ALUU 4 repeating itself.
      My heart is heavy and my condolences go to the bereaved.
      Their souls rest in peace.

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    2. Yes, ALUU 4 repeating itself.
      My heart is heavy and my condolences go to the bereaved.
      Their souls rest in peace.

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    3. I don't believe this same story could repeat itself

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    4. Murderers

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  2. Aluu four...............same rubbish just a different day

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  3. Hm. So sad really. *weeps*. May they rest in peace, Amen.

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  4. It baffles me how people can just take laws into their hands, and to think policemen were even present when the lynching took place just shows you how insecure this country is....abeg we need a revolution in this country,all our leaders are messed up!!!

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  5. Can you imagine...dint any1 learn anything from aluu four...abeg they should arrest all of them asin all the spectators too...so so sad

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  6. Dis jungle justice shld stop o...what is it sef.who among us living on earth 2day is so pure?RIP.

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  7. why are these so-called Vigilante's very good at killing defenseless citizens???...they always our their bottled anger on innocent people...never on ARMED ROBBERS!!!

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  8. WHEN IS THIS GOING TO END. ...Visit..mrsstepup.blogspot.com..FOR MORE NEWZ

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  9. Can't people not just learn from ALUU'S community story.This is another act of injustice

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  10. I don't blame them at all,When our so called policemen are not well trained.RIP

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  11. This generation is so blood thirsty. Lord help us!

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  12. Even if the were thief.what right do the pe in the community have to kill them.

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  13. Not again!!!!ASUU!!! is he not suppose to be in school?

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  14. The head of neighbourhood watch is sha useless. Where was he when the original robbery occurred? Nowhere. In the process of arresting two strangers in the middle of the day he shoots himself in the stomach and dies. Useless I tell you, the world is better off without him.

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  15. When will Nigerians stop wasting innocent souls all in the name of jungle justice? The ASUU strike is gradually recording casualties. If these young men were in school maybe they would not have met their untimely death.
    I must say that these jungle justice acts are not only barbaric but they are devillish.

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  16. Lols.

    Nigeria.


    I laugh in Hebrew.

    U all are in for a long thing


    Be the change u want to see.

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    1. You have spoken the truth. Be the change you want to see.

      Kenyan astral angel

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  17. God help Nigeria

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  18. This is ridiculous

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  19. MY HEART IS HEAVY RIGHT NOW. HOW SAD CAN THESE PEOPLE BE

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  20. What wickedness
    www.mynaijagotalk13.wordpress.com

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  21. There is so much evil in the land

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  22. They need to find those idiots. This is a crime and they must face the law

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  23. Ladun I just saw the video here so sad. Help us oh lord. End time

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  24. They don't have the right to take their lives

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  25. We need a change in Nigeria

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  26. Lord have mercy

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  27. Again??????!!! Un-f*cking-believable!! Horrible Nigeria! Hisssssss!

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  28. Just seen the very horrible video..smh :( >>>> http://naijabang.com/?p=3813

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  29. What is this again,ALUTA TINS

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  30. They are suppose to destroy that town just like ALUU

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  31. Anything can happen in this country.RIP

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  32. At first the craziest things happen to us abroad.We come back home and experience the same thing.Please where do we go?

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  33. We don't have police in this country,all we have are hungry men in all black

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  34. Boko Haram has not finished with us,we have started killing ourselves

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  35. He that kills by sword shall also die by sword

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  36. How are this people different from cannibals.

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  37. Are we now tired of killing goats and chickens.This is man slaughter

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  38. This picture alone fricks me out.i can't watch the video o

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  39. When the items stolen was not found on them.Their father is should sue them all for man slaughter

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  40. 9ja go better..please when will that happen?

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  41. This is pure setup

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  42. Father i will just urge u to take heart,i won't say i know how it feel because have never lost someone that close.May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.This goes out to every Nigerian involved in the killing of these two boys,there is a reward for everything you do in life both good and bad.You better ask for the forgiveness of the unexplainable sin you have just committed.I do not see how pleased and delight you will feel to have murdered an innocent person.RIP

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  43. Nigeria is not worth living.It breaks my heart to hear stories like this and at the long run,nothing will be be done about it.It could be anyone of us and what are we going to do if happen to be a victim.Am am Afraid for this country!!

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