OMG! My mouth was wide open for minutes after reading this. I couldn’t help but shed a tear. Read and watch the video if you have the stomach to HERE
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 toÂ 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, â€œdie, die, burn them, burn them.â€
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 NwainokporÂ on Tuesday, learnt that the lynching took place around 3pm on July 21, 2013 in Ajara area of Badagry, a community not far from Nwainokporâ€™s family home.
His father, Samuel, toldÂ PUNCH MetroÂ that his son was arrested while passing through a street in the areaÂ but a misunderstanding later ensued and the hoodlums pounced onÂ himÂ and Kazeem.
He added thatÂ Nwainokpor, who was nicknamed Ify, was a final year student of Geology and Mining.
He said, â€œOn that particular day, I was in Ghana when I received a telephone callÂ that I should come immediately. My wife was in Delta State taking care of her mother.
â€œWhen 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.
â€œI got my son a temporary job with a Customs licensed agent since their lecturers were on strike.Â 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.â€
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 youthÂ saw two unknown young men, theyÂ accosted them and an argument ensued.
He said the youth called the head of the vigilante group in the area, one Asiribo.
He said, â€œAsiribo came to the scene with a locally-made pistol and handcuffs. He handcuffed my son and his friend before asking them questions.
â€œLater, 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.â€
Samuel said Asiriboâ€™s death infuriated the youth, whoÂ blamed the boys forÂ hisÂ death.
â€œThe mob picked up sticks and beat them to death. Policemen were there,â€ heÂ said.
Holding back tears, the retired immigration officer addedÂ that the police treated the matter as a robbery case. BeatingÂ his chest,Â Samuel said there was no way his son would have been involved inÂ armed robbery.
He said, â€œI have been living in Badagry since 1982. I have only two children and IfechukwudeÂ is theÂ first. Ironically, he was born in that same area where he was killed.
â€œI have lived in this area without any trouble andÂ the residentsÂ can tell you that my sons are goodÂ boys.â€
Nwainokporâ€™s boss, Aloysius Onyenibedi, described him as an honest and hardworking person.
â€œI 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,â€ he said.The Nwainokpor family berated the Divisional Police Officer, Badagry Police Station,Â 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, â€œWhen 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 Hospitalâ€™s mortuary.â€œThe following morning, the DPO released Asiriboâ€™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.â€œAt Present, Asiriboâ€™s son has fled, while the DPO has been unable to identify the policemen who were present at the scene when my sonÂ and his friend were killed.â€PUNCH MetroÂ 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,Â Panti, Yaba.The spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, said, â€œThe 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.â€