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Vigilante Group Killed Innocent Man In Ebonyi Over Mother’s Stolen Phones

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Vigilante Group Killed Innocent Man In Ebonyi Over Mother’s Stolen Phones

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Nov 17, 2013 – Vigilante Group Killed Innocent Man In Ebonyi State Over His Mother’s Stolen Phones

Mrs. Alice Nwakpu, a 55-year-old mother in Ejilewe Ukwuagba Ngbo community, Ebonyi State is now beset by deep regret for handing over her son to a vigilance group in their community on the suspicion that he stole her two cellphones.

Rather than recover the phones, she got a dead son back: the young man was virtually tortured to death by the ‘do-good’ vigilante members.

According to Mrs. Nwakpu, she had only wanted the leaders of the Ejilewe Ukwuagba Neighbourhood Security Committee to punish her son, Ome Nwakpu, 38, she alleged had stolen her phones, but the group of vigilantes went beyond their brief.

Narrating the unfortunate incident, which he described as “terrible and ugly,” the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, Mr. Maigari Dikko told Sunday Sun that the vigilante tied Ome with a rope and tortured him for about 12 hours, apparently to extract a confession from him.

The ugly cycle of events that led to Ome’s untimely death began when his mother noticed that her phones had ‘developed wings’ and she accused him of stealing them. Probably not convinced with his denials, she reported the matter to one Dennis Eze, leader of the vigilance group.

Eze called some members of the group on phone and Ome was promptly arrested at about 6.00am and taken to their operational base for interrogation. They tied his hands with a rope and at some point in the course of the interrogation began to torture him.

Later that day, at 6.00pm, Ome was released to his mother. By then he was in great pain and could not walk well. Two days later he died.

CP Dikko disclosed that it was one Omeh Elijah, a lawyer,who reported the death of the victim to the police at Ohaukwu Police Station, stating that the young man died as a result of the torture meted out to him by the Ejilewe vigilance group.

Upon receiving the report, the police moved and quickly rounded up the alleged culprits, namely, Dennis Eze, 38; Emeka Eze, 25; Amo Eke, 55 and Onwe Edwin, 37.

Lamenting over her monumental error, Ome’s mother told Sunday Sun: “I have regretted what I have done. It was me that said my son, Ome Nwakpu stole my two phones and I reported him to the head of the vigilance group, Dennis Eze. They tied him with ropes and they tortured him.”

She explained further: “I bought a carton of beer and a bottle of hot drink for the vigilantes for a job well done. But later I saw that my son was weak and couldn’t walk properly. Two days later he died. I want my son to forgive me. I thought they would help me to warn him but I didn’t send them to beat him to death. I have explained to the entire family. This is beyond what I can explain, only God can deliver me from this predicament.”

Ome’s mother’s regret is now cold comfort to him as his body lies in the mortuary of Comprehensive Hospital, Ngbo, where it was deposited.

CP Dikko revealed that an autopsy conducted on the victim’s body to determine the cause of death found that Ome died of internal hemorrhage as a result of severe head and soft tissue injuries. He said that the suspects would soon be charged to court.

[Reported by By Ngozi Uwujare, Sunday Sun]



  1. Kofi Joe

    November 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    This woman killed her son what a selfish decision
    If you can discipline ur own son do you think those hoodlums will?
    rip young man

  2. wani waa

    November 17, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Woman d best solution to ur regret is to hang urself until u pronounce dead dat is d only solution to ur problem,foolish woman go to hell idiot.

  3. Confidence John

    November 17, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Oh wat a sad story. Rip 2 d young man. As 4 d moda ur nt going 2 4get dz

  4. Baddo [omo bdg ]

    November 17, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    That woman is a very stupid fellow ,how can u give ur son 2 those kind of people. RIP YUNG MAN

  5. queen

    November 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Woman go straight 2 rang urself,foolish devilish mother

  6. Ella

    November 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    today na sunday and I no want vex, make them punish the mama and the vigilantee group

  7. Barr ike

    November 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    @kofi did i hear u say ‘discipline’? U mean a woman of 55 can discipline a man of 38? Tufiakwa!….pls, all of u, should be mindful with how u pass judgement with ur comments…u never can tell, how grievous &troublesome the boy was 2 d mom….ka chi m’ mezie okwu

  8. Dezaia

    November 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    what a calamity. Imergine going down to d land of spirit to fyt for a (golden egg) only for u to come back to life and destroy it by ur own hand. It a pity. I dont blame d woman dat much bcos dis system is what is d (order of d day) now in d east. But dat so foolish. My own mother nearly report me to dis good for nothing holigans while i was stil in d east. Hahaha though i no dey hear but its stil risky to hand over ur own blood to those useless ones. If u check their profile u wil fynd out dat most of dem are failures in lyf,who hav tryd many things in life without success. Just take a good look @ dem u wil know what am talking about.

  9. Rev.Snow

    November 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Such nausanse can’t happen in a modest & civil enviroment where Snow live! Vigilantees are the criminals & spy to thief in present day society,forget all of their awareness;na them be thief! That woman deserves the death of a stolen chicken! Squeeze her neck 360 degree & pluck it off. Snow said so!

  10. sharton

    November 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    this is nonsense instead of handly him to the so call vigilante grounp why not take the matter to elders in ur family i believe that could have be better, well pray for ur son sipirt to 4give u.cell phone wahala.Rip guy.

  11. Ikegod

    November 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    4 dos blamin d wman u guys shud b wis nd tink twic wat she did was rigt bcs 38yr old is big 4 d moda 2 handl its d vigilant dat ova did wat dey’r ask 2 do.

  12. SpoT 1

    November 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Am sure the woman did not mean to kill his son that way, So people stop judging her in that manner.she did not pay them to kill her son, no body dose that. you people enjoy running your mouth.

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