|Intro||Nigerian self-proclaimed “prophet of God” and Occult practitioner|
|Birth||1957, Anambra State|
|Death||9 November 2000, Onitsha
(aged 43 years)
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.
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.
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.
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.
He was married to a certain Joyce Okeke and had a sum total of 8 children.
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 list”.
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. (see:teleportation)
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”.
Confession and death
Eddie Nawgu, when apprehended on the 14th trial by the vigilante group, 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 the police could easily be influenced.
High-profile government workers and officials allegedly interceded for the release of Eddie Nawgu as reported by the head of the vigilante group; Mr.Ngwuro. Although, the names of these officials were never mentioned, it wasn’t impossible that this sort of request was made by the elite individuals in the Nigerian society as the Nigerian media had severally reported long before he was captured that Eddie had become closely associated with a good number of influential persons.
During his stay as prisoner in the apartment of the Bakassi Boys he allegedly made startling confessions and acknowledged he was guilty of human sacrifice. He was eventually beheaded by the Bakassi Boys at the Ochanja Market in Anambra state, Nigeria.