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Photo: Lagos Bizman Killed By Police 3 Days To His Wedding In Nnewi Anambra..RIP Sam Belonwu Dim

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January 3, 2016 – Picture: Lagos-Based Businessman Killed By Drunk Police 3 Days To His Wedding In Nnewi Anambra…RIP Sam Belonwu Dim

The family of Chief Lazarus Dim, native of Osumenyi in Nne­wi South Local Gov­ernment Area, Anambra State is now clothed with grief and filled with sorrow following the tragic end of his son, Sam Belonwu Dim, a Lagos-based busi­nessman, who was killed by a drunk police sergeant on Sunday, December 27, at Uruagu Nnewi, during the traditional wedding of the daughter of the in-law of his friend and business associate.

Sam was killed three days to his church wedding, which would have been held last Wednesday, December 30, 2015. If a soothsay­er had told him that he would die before the scheduled wedding day, he probably would have reported the seer to the police for investi­gation.

As Sunday Sun reporter gath­ered from Chief Dim, Sam was virtually ready for his wedding. As at the time Sunday Sun visited, the cow he bought for the wedding was still tied to a tree in the large family compound. He had distrib­uted the wedding invitation cards to relations, friends and well wish­ers far and near, hired a live band, concluded arrangements with the clergy and done other things to ensure that the wedding would be colourful and memorable.

With a sorrowful heart and shaky voice, Chief Dim narrated that his son’s best man, Mr Martin Afusi and other friends who came all the way from Ghana had arrived Sam’s home in Osumenyi only to be told that he was dead.

When he spoke with Sunday Sun reporter, Afusi said Sam had actually called him earlier in the day as he and the other friends from Ghana were about to leave for Nigeria, and wished them journey mercies, assuring them that the wedding arrangements were all in order.

Sam arrived Osumenyi, Nnewi to receive the heart-breaking news that his bosom friend and business partner was lying stone-dead in the mortuary.

Recounting what happened on the fateful day, Sam’s father, Chief Dim said he returned from church service and met his late son’s friend washing Sam’s car and at the same time sipping a drink.

Then Sam got a call. As he nar­rated, the caller reminded his son to attend the traditional wedding of his in-law’s daughter. He said that Sam informed the person, who happened to be one of his business partners identified simply as Eloka, that he was busy with preparations for his wedding and requested that he should be excused.

But Eloka, according Chief Dim, was insistent and pressed on his son to attend the traditional wedding. Sam eventually agreed to show up at the event and requested one of his siblings to accompany him, but the sibling declined. Sam eventually attended the tradition­al wedding with another friend, Sunday Oguego.

On arrival at the ceremony, Elo­ka received him and Oguego. As Sam was about to sit down under a canopy set up outside for guests, a mobile police sergeant just pointed his gun at Sam and shot him. The bullet went through his heart and exited from the back.

At the sound of the gunshot, everybody scampered for safety, including Eloka, who invited Sam to the event. It was only Oguego who summoned the courage and began shouting for help when Sam slumped.

As the bullet exited through Sam’s back, it hurt another person, who miraculously survived, and was said to have responded to treatment in a hospital.

Chief Dim has been unrelenting in demanding that the police fish out the sergeant and put on him on trial. Also, he wants the police to properly investigate the circum­stances that led to the death of his son.

Chief Dim also said that his family was infuriated that Eloka, who invited his son to the event where he died, took two days to come and tell the deceased family what happened to his friend, who he invited to a wedding.

He said Eloka eventually visited the family on Wednesday, Decem­ber 30, the day, Sam was supposed to wedded, to condole with the family.

Chief Dim lamented the way police and other security agents were allowed to carry guns freely at ceremonies. He charged the Inspector General of Police to look into this anomaly, querying: “Why should the number of police escorts at many events be more than the number of invited guests?”

He also recounted how the fam­ily in 2010 lost one of their illustri­ous sons, Obiajulu, a businessman, who was kidnapped. Even after the family paid N12million ransom to his abductors, he was still killed.

Since the tragic incident hap­pened, the Sam’s would-be-bride has been inconsolable. At the fami­ly home of her late groom, she has been speechless and downcast.

[By Sunday Sun]



  1. Josiah Jude

    January 3, 2016 at 5:33 AM

    This is becoming too much why the frequent killinga of unarmed civilians

  2. Uzoma

    January 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Both the policeman and Eloka must be arrested. Strong feelings the execution was planned. This is cold blooded murder. The whole thing is fishy. Nigeria is a dangerous place. Too much wickedness, enviousness, armed robbery, ritual killings, 419s, and to crown it all the police and military are trigger happy and could be hired by anybody with little cash to do any dirty job. Nigeria has become a God forsaking place. May God help us.

  3. global

    January 3, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    The police man may have been contracted to kill the man. What was the import of the man being pressurized to attend the welding. How could the policeman have directed his gun to this particular man who was not into an argument with him? There is conspiracy every. Business men devises ways and means to subdue one another. But God is final judge in this brutal murder of this man who himself may not be clean. God is on the throne.

  4. O'Nels

    January 3, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Police are one of the major problem of this nation. Government should flush all these criminals out of the system! These evil men are always on the news for stupid reason, this is exactly the reason why they need police reform. Just imagine the pain this family is passing through in this festive period. May his soul rest in peace.

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