The Rise And Fall Of The Occultic Prophet

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This is a true life story it happened in the late 90's and early 2000's in the eastern part of Nigeria. Anambra, to be precise. *BIOGRAPHY* Eddie Nawgu (born Edwin Okeke) was a Nigerian self-proclaimed "prophet of God" and Occult practitioner. He was popularly known in the mid-1990s as "Eddy Nawgu" amongst the igbo speaking people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His nickname "Eddie na Nawgu" came about because he was from the Nawgu community, a town situated in the Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State, Nigeria. *EARLY LIFE* He was born in Anambra State which is located in the eastern region of Nigeria, a geographical location and settlement inhabited predominantly by the Igbo speaking people of Nigeria. Edwin Okeke (1957 - 9th Nov 2000), was born in Nagwu, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, to Ozo and Mrs Nwoye Okeke. His wife's name is Joyce Okeke, and together they had eight ( biological children. *MINISTRY* At the young age of 29, Eddie "Nawgu" Okeke claimed he had been touched by the *Biblical God* and was given the ability to "see" and "perceive" what the ordinary human eye or other four senses could not intercept, shortly after he began his ministry, he built a church-like structure and named it 'Anioma Healing Centre' he stated that the reasons for creating the 'Anioma Healing Centre' was to heal the sick people in the community and restore hope to people who had thought previously that their existence on earth was meaningless and was without bearing. The physical location of the 'Anioma Healing Center' was at his compound in his community at Nawgu, Anambra State. *RECOGNITION* During the mid-1990s in Onitsha, Anambra State, Eddie Nawgu had started to grow famous, as he had some how managed to gather a good percentage of the community as followers, who thought of him as a charismatic religious leader and also it seemed the "Prophet" kept to his words as tales of how he had enriched and bettered the lives of various individuals began to spread. *CONTROVERSY* In the year 1999/2000, Eddie, the self-proclaimed prophet of God had become a person of interest in numerous crimes committed not only in the community, but across Anambra state as a whole. As a result, he had begun to attract the attention of the Bakassi Boys; a vigilante security group which was set-up and spearheaded under the tenure of Chinwoke Mbadinuju, former governor of Anambra state, as anarchy had soaked deep into the land. The Bakassi Boys weren't like any other vigilante group because they supposedly harnessed very great "metaphysical powers" to aid them in intercepting thieves and law breakers in general. Eddie Nawgu had been accused of kidnapping, aiding & abetting infamous criminals, partaking in rituals involving use of human body parts, i.e. (the human skull) illegal possession of firearms and human sacrifice. This took him to the top of their "most wanted *SORCERY* The Bakassi Boys who had been credited for being able to apprehend every defaulter of the law with minimal effort due to their supposed "metaphysical abilities" had come to meet their match when they failed 13 times in attempt to capture Eddie Nawgu, and when at their wits end, they thought it wise to invite their supreme leader named, "Ngwuro" to help in the capture of this menace. The capture of Eddie was indeed difficult because the self-proclaimed "Prophet" was, as reported by the Nigerian media; a sorcerer who allegedly could defy the rules of Physics and had the ability to teleport; that is to say; he supposedly could instantaneously move from a point A to a point B regardless of distance and also could achieve this feat without physically walking. As a result of this, his apprehension was tagged the most difficult for the vigilante group. Not until the intervention from their leader "Ngwuro" who managed to strip the sorcerer of his alleged mystic abilities were they able to finally capture the self-proclaimed prophet of God. Eddie "Nawgu" Okeke's alias was "Alusi N'eje Uka" this literary when translated to the English language means "The Deity Who Goes To Church". *His Confession:* During his stay as prisoner of the Bakassi Boys, he confessed and acknowledged being guilty of Human Sacrifices. He acknowledged aiding several Criminal activities and fortified many fraternity groups and Popular Politicians He also confessed to a lot of sordid actions, claiming to be particularly gifted in making potent charms capable of aiding its users to disappear in awkward situations, for protection he made concoctions by killing 3-day old babies and bathing the subject with the remains. For wealth/Money, he would sacrifice a pregnant woman and the developing foetus, and the total number of People he Confessed to have killed for these purposes, where pegged at 93, While, 16 children missing from a Maternity Hospital in Onitsha, were traced to him. He was also alleged to have Confessed that both his power and one respected man of God from east Nigeria's power are both from the same Spiritual Source. He went further in saying that, they should also kill the prominent man of God in the west for peace to reign in Nigeria, or else they will Only be removing half of Nigeria's problem. Prophet Eddie's Last Request to the Bakassi boys: When he was about to be killed by the Bakasi boys, Prophet Edward Okeke said *"unu egbukwalam egbu Kama tunye mu Na mmiri Na ndu. Mmiri kam si bia, mmiri kam ga esi na"...* Meaning: *"you people should not kill me, rather throw me alive into the river. i came from the waters, and I will go back to the water".* Of course the Bakassi boys called his bluff. They declined Prophet Eddie's request of being thrown into the river Niger. And then Prophet Eddie told the Bakassi boys, "gwanu ndi nine m'nye mkpolo ka Ha wetekwalu mu mkpolo mu" Which means : "Tell everyone I gave a staff/walking stick/Charms etc, to to return back the staff to me". He went further saying, "tell everyone i gave a Staff, Stick Or Charm, to go and throw it into the river Niger. During the Staff/walking stick saga, a lot of rich men, politicians, famous men and women started running helter skelter looking for ways to return their mkporo (Staffs). Prophet Eddie also gave many bus drivers staff for protection, and when they didn't return it, they died via motor accident. Rumour has it that, some of the People he gave Staffs/walking Sticks, actually did return the staff/Walking Sticks back to the man before he was killed. *His Death:* While Prophet Eddie was in the Bakassi boys prison, his hair was shaved, and because of it, he couldn't sleep throughout his stay in the Bakassi boys prison. He was eventually Beheaded, then Cut into pieces and burnt by the Bakassi boys at Ochanja market square in Onitsha. His wife Joyce Okeke, was present when her husband was arrested by Bakasi boys, this is her Account: "On 4 November 2000, at about 4.00 a.m. I was asleep, Suddenly I heard a loud bang on the bedroom door. Someone said: “Open this door or I’ll break it down!” I ran to the door. My husband was sleeping. There was a second bang. I opened the door. I saw a lot of men with pump action guns and matchets. They ssaid: “Where is your husband?” I asked them who they were. They pushed me aside. I called my husband to wake up. They went and pulled him from the bed. He was asking them: “Who are you?” They said: “We are Bakassi Boys. It’s a government order.” There were about forty of them and more outside. My husband asked them what they wanted. They were hitting him. They dragged him outside. One Bakassi was standing at the door with a gun. He told me to go outside and cocked his gun at me. They were still beating my husband. Another group came in and asked me to show them my husband’s room. They said: “Where are your husband’s guns?” I said: “Which guns?” There was one double-barrel gun there,but they were asking for pump-action guns. I told them we didn’t have any. One of them raised his cutlass and said: “I will cut off your head if you don’t give us those guns .” They found nothing. He said: “Turn your back and I will cut off your head.” He charged towards me with his matchet raised, then put it down. They said: “We’ll take you with your husband and if we don’t find what we want, he’s finished .” I went with them and asked a girl to close the door. One of the Bakassi asked me if I wanted to show them anything. I said: “No, there are only children in there.” The children were scared so we had locked the door. The Bakassi wanted to shoot. I said: “No, there are children there.” He said: “Which children? The ones you sell?” I asked the children to open. The Bakassi just looked in and left them. Some were behind me, some were in front. I was just wearing my sleeping clothes and wrapper. My husband was just wearing his shorts. They had used his shirt to tie his hands. Outside, I saw Bakassi everywhere. They were wearing black, with some red material tied on their heads, hands and guns. They had made people in the compound lie face down outside. A car and a jeep were parked outside. They told me to give them the keys and open the gate. I called the boy who locks the gate but there was no answer. One Bakassi moved in a flash and slapped me across the eyes very hard. I fell behind the chair. He pulled me from behind with my wrapper. He was trying to strip me. I pulled the wrapper tightly from the front. The Bakassi outside were calling them to come out again. They ran off, taking my husband and fifteen other people, all young men. They took three vehicles. Little did I know they were going to my father-in-law’s compound. After they left I heard gunshots for about an hour. Later, I heard that they had picked up my husband’s father, elder brother, and another relative. At about noon, I was sitting in the armchair when I heard people outside screaming. They ran in, saying: “The Bakassi have come back!” I went out and met them at the gate. One had a belt of cartridges on one shoulder and a gun. He asked for the particulars to our cars and said: “Your husband said to tell you to give us those guns.” I said: “Which guns?” He told me not to pretend, but I said it was not possible as he didn’t have any guns. They took the whole file of car particulars and the keys. They took five vehicles. There was no clear command among them, but there was one man they called “Boss. Before they left, they said they would search the whole compound for the guns and I should go with them. As we went round, they said: “This land is too big. It is bigger than a governor’s.” They saw a mentally-ill boy in the compound. They said: “Your husband is making people mad.” The boy’s mother came and explained that it was the boy’s condition. They said that was not true, that my husband was turning normal people into mad people. I then sent someone to report the matter to the police. And i.wrote to the Governor and State Commissioner of Police. But nothing came out of it. Some of those detained with Eddie Okeke confirmed that the governor of Anambra, his adviser Chuma Nzeribe, and the chairman of the Bakassi Boys, Gilbert Okoye, all personally visited the detention center while they were held there. After the death of Eddie Okeke, the state government set up a panel of inquiry into the case. The panel had no legal status, no power to require further action by the authorities, and its findings were never published up till this very day. CONCLUSION: The Story of Prophet Edward Okeke should serve as a warning to all todays False Prophet, that "ONE DAY, THEY SHALL BE EXPOSED". It doesn't matter how Perect they have perfected their Craft of deception, Oneday they shall be Exposed by Almighty God. And we should be careful with how we move from one Pastor/Prophet to another, all in the names of "MIRACLES. We might not know the source of their power. Don't be carried away by the Miracles of so many Herbalists (now calling them selves Prophets/Pastors). And those of you seeking for Spiritual Charms, know that "THE DEVIL HAS NO FREE GIFT", and there is No way the Story will End Well for you.

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