Story Of Prophet Eddy Na Nawgu
Eddy Nawgu (born Edward Onyebuchi Okeke) was an alleged dreaded Nigerian sorcerer, occultist and as described by the Nigerian media; a false prophet who initially proclaimed himself to be a prophet of the biblical Abrahamic God. 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 Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State, Nigeria.
At the 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 but that wasn’t exactly the case. After a few years, people started speaking of his illicit activities. In 1990 for instance, worshippers in one of his services were told to bless two men who the prophet had prayed for previously for breakthrough (it turned out that the duo had successfully transported hard drugs to Europe without being caught).
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 with a single mandate to fish out criminals, sponsors of criminal gangs and men of questionable characters.
Eddie Nawgu had been accused of Kidnapping, aiding and abetting infamous criminals, partaking in rituals involving use of human body parts (the human skull), illegal possession of firearms and human sacrifice. This took him to the top of their “most wanted list”.
Eddie Nawgu became more visible, daring and pronounced. By the mid-90’s, he became friends with almost all the questionable millionaires of that era, they all paid him homage and had him perform tasks such as house openings and dedication of infants. He was said to be well known by most Military Administrators of the time, most of them visited him at his healing centre where he “prayed” for them.
He proudly bore the names “Alusi n ‘eje uka” (the Deity that goes to Church) and “Okala Mmadu, Okala Muo” (Half man, half spirit).
Eddie was visited 14 times before the men were able to match his powers, and apprehend him on Nov. 4, 2000.
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 Eddy 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 Eddy Nawgu 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 he supposedly could instantaneously move from a point A to a point B regardless of distance. 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.
Eddy 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 Eddy 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 operation base of the Bakassi Boys he allegedly made startling confessions and acknowledged he was guilty of human sacrifice. The number of people Eddy Nawgu killed according to his confession was a total of 93 persons.
For protection, he made concoctions by killing 3-day old babies and bathing the subject with the remains and for money, he would sacrifice a pregnant woman and the developing foetus, total number of people killed for this purposes were pegged at 93, with 16 children missing from a maternity in Onitsha traced to him.
He 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 & set ablaze at the Ochanja Market Onitsha in Anambra state, Nigeria.
Before his death, he was said to have repeatedly begged to be thrown into the River Niger, and also advised everyone he had given a staff over the years to discard it in the same river upon his death.
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.
· The Nigerian movie titled Onye Amuma was dedicated to Eddy Nawgu, it was a depiction of the rise and fall of Eddy Nawgu. Which featured Nkem Owoh playing the role of a false prophet.
· A Nigerian movie produced immediately after the death of Eddy Nawgu by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen in the year 2000 titled Issakaba, was a movie dedicated to Eddy Nawgu. It had four parts in which the very first part of the movie showed the formation of the vigilante group & 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.
· In a Nigerian movie titled The Last Prophet which featured the Nigerian actor Zulu Adigwe playing the role of a false prophet was a movie dedicated to Eddy Nawgu