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Imo State, Nigeria "Diabolical" school headmaster burnt alive for diverting destiny of family members

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Three people have been arrested by the police in connection to the murder of the deceased who was accused of being fetish.

Youths of the Nneoche Umuoma Nzerem community of Imo State reportedly served jungle justice to a school headmaster, Cosmas Nwaiwu, who was accused of fetish dealings targeted at his relatives.

Punch News disclosed in a report that the victim, now deceased was burnt alive at his residence by the youngsters. A member of his family also thought him responsible for the death of her husband.

A mob attacking a victim. play A mob attacking a victim. (Press)


It was a planned attack against 57-year-old Nwaiwu who until his demise was the Head Teacher of Obolo Primary School, Ehime Mbano. Three suspects believed to have been involved in the offensive have been arrested by the police according to reports.

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Andrew Enwerem, the state Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident while stating that an investigation into the matter has commenced.

“We have arrested three suspects, including the President General of the community, Mr. Nnanna Okonkwo, in connection with the incident and thorough investigations are in progress," he mentioned in a statement.

Will there ever be an end to jungle justice in Nigeria?

The subject of jungle justice is a common one in Nigeria. It has gone unchecked for a long period and  appears to be have lost its control switch. Some of the people killed in a mob determined punishment were discovered to have been innocent.

Such situation, quite disturbing suggests a lack of trust in the judicial system of the country. The Aluu 4 Killing is a sad example of the exuberance of street mobs. The victims, Chiadika Biringa, Lloyd Toku Mike, Tekena Elkanah and Ugonna Obuzor, all close friends and undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, were falsely accused of theft which resulted in their murder by members of the Aluu community located in Ikwerre Local Government.

The Aluu 4. play The Aluu 4. (TVC)


The incident which occurred in October 2012, received widespread condemnation all over Nigeria and across the rest of the world.

This also resulted in a riot organized by students of the institution. As a reaction, the Rivers State Police Command arrested several people connected to the gruesome murder of the youths.