On Sunday 21st July 2013, Ify Gabriel Nwainokpor
and his friend Kasim were attacked and beaten to
death by a mob at the Ajara area of Badagry on the
ground that their faces looked strange in the
neighborhood, this is according to the people who
posted the video of their lynching on Youtube.
They claim that the Nigerian Police (Badagry
division) watched as these men were hacked to
death before their prime. They are crying out to the
world for justice and brought the barbaric incident
to the attention of the media. Another lynching? This
I would not advise it but if you have the heart to
watch, then find the mob video HERE…and find a
comprehensive report of the sad incident from
Punch after the cut…
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
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
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
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
“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
Nwainokpor’s boss, Aloysius Onyenibedi,
described him as an honest and hardworking
“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
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
“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,
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.”
This is babaric.
Culled from linda ikeji+punch
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