In this article we are going to be looking at a historical event that took place in Onitsha in the early 2000 when Eddy Nawgu, a deadly ritualist and fake prophet was apprehended and executed by Bakkassi boys at Ochanja roundabout in Onitsha, Anambra state. And this man was one of the evil men that gave bad name to the Igbos which made people from other tribes in Nigeria to think that every rich Igbo man is a ritualist.
So we are going to look deep into the biography, history and documentary of Eddy Nawgu and how he was apprehended and beheaded by Bakkassi boys at Ochanja roundabout in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Eddy Nawgu whose real name was Edward Onyebuchi Okeke was born on 15th January 1957 in Nawgu community, a town situated in Dunokofia Local Government Area of Anambra state in the south eastern part of Nigeria and died on 9th November 2000 at Ochanja roundabout in Onitsha, Anambra state at the age of 42 years old. He was executed by the Bakkassi boys in front of a huge crowd at the popular Ochanja roundabout in Onitsha.
He was married to Joyce Okeke and together they bore children. But till date nobody knows where his wife and children are, while some alleged that he used them for ritual. He was known for pounding little babies in a mortar and known for supplying rich men with magical powers, wealth, riches, affluence and protection, after they must have given him some human sacrifice. He was also known for kidnapping, possession of firearms and supplying criminals, armed robbers and kidnappers with magical charms for protection.
He was alleged to be a dreaded Nigerian sorcerer, occultist grandmaster and a fake prophet, as described by the Nigerian media in the early 2000s, he proclaimed himself to be a prophet of the biblical Abrahamic God.
He proclaims that he is half human and half spirit, and that he doesn’t have a personal abode. He proclaims that he lives in the air, in the ocean, in the cloud and everywhere. Although, he claims to live everywhere, his notable place of abode, where people used to meet him to collect charms and dark magical power was at the Anioma Healing Centre located at his compound in his community at Nawgu, a town situated in the Dunokofia Local Government Area of Anambra state in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
He bore several sobriquets throughout his life time but was predominantly known in the mid-1990s as Eddy Nawgu alternatively spelt also as Eddie Nawgu amongst the Igbo speaking people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
His other notable sobriquet which was Eddy na Nawgu which when translated to the English language means Eddy in Nawgu came about because he was from the Nawgu community, a town situated in the Dunokofia Local Government Area of Anambra state in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
At the young age of 29 years old, Eddy Nawgu, formed an organization named the ‘Anioma Healing Centre’ and the physical location of the organization was at his compound in his community at Nawgu, a town situated in the Dunokofia Local Government Area of Anambra state in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
During the mid-1990s in Onitsha, Anambra State, Eddy Nawgu had become a notable religious leader. In the year 1999 to 2000, Eddy Nawgu had become a person of interest in numerous crimes committed not only in his community, but across Anambra state as a whole and had begun to attract the attention of the Bakkassi Boys, a vigilante security group which was set-up and spearheaded under the tenure of Chinwoke Mbadinuju, former governor of Anambra state.
The Bakassi Boys allegedly weren’t like any conventional vigilante group as they supposedly harnessed metaphysical powers otherwise referred to as Juju in Nigeria which they allegedly used to aid them in tackling nefarious persons. Eddy Nawgu had been accused of kidnapping, aiding and abetting infamous criminals, partaking in rituals involving the use of human body parts, i.e. (the human skull), illegal possession of firearms and human sacrifice.
The Bakassi Boys who had been credited for being able to apprehend defaulters of the law with minimal effort due to their supposed metaphysical abilities had come to meet their match when they failed 13 times in their attempt to capture Eddy Nawgu due to the fact that he allegedly could defy the rules of conventional physics and had the ability to teleport whenever he was confronted by the vigilante group.
According to the Nigerian media it took the effort of the leader of the vigilante group named Ngwuro to allegedly strip Eddy Nawgu of his ability to teleport which finally led to his capture in 2000. Eddy Nawgu proclaimed himself as “Alusi N’eje Uka” this literary when translated to the English language means “The Deity Who Goes To Church”.
Eddy Nawgu, when apprehended on the 14th trial by the vigilante group (Bakkassi Boys), was taken to their base of operation for further questioning and interrogation. His release to the Nigerian police was vehemently opposed as the Bakassi boys argued that the police were very much corrupt and could easily be influenced and bribed with money.
High-profile government workers and officials allegedly interceded for the release of Eddy Nawgu as reported by the head of the vigilante group, Mr. Ngwuro. However, the names of the political figures and government officials interceding for his release were never published on any media outlet. Eddy Nawgu was eventually beheaded and had other parts of his body cut in little pieces by the Bakassi Boys after which all the parts were gathered together and set ablaze at the Ochanja Market in Onitsha, Anambra state, Nigeria. Eddy Nawgu died on 9th November 2000 in Ochanja roundabout in Onitsha, Anambra state at the age of 42 years old.
In the year he died, all calendars printed in the south-eastern part of Nigeria all bore graphical depictions of his crimes up until his arrest and execution. The year Eddy Nawgu died, was the period the Nigerian movie industry was fast growing, a movie titled “Onye Amuma” was produced by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen and dedicated to Eddy Nawgu, it was a depiction of the rise and fall of Eddy Nawgu. The movie featured veteran actor Nkem Owoh playing the role of a false prophet.
Another Nigerian movie produced by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen immediately after the death of Eddy Nawgu in the year 2000 was titled Issakaba and dedicated to Eddy Nawgu. It had four parts in which the very first part of the movie showed the formation of the vigilante group and also the tremendous effort put into the capturing of Eddy Nawgu, in which the Nigerian actor, Zulu Adigwe played the role of a false prophet. Another Nigerian movie that was dedicated to Eddy Nawgu was “The Last Prophet” which featured Nigerian actor Zulu Adigwe playing the role of a false prophet.