Immortalizing Evil

09 Oct

The media has been awash with the news of four Nigerian university students who were murdered at the hands of a mob last week because they were alleged to be armed robbers. There are different variations of the story – some account say they went to accost another student who owed them some money whilst others say they extorted property from the said student who then began to shout “Thieves” after they left. The end result was that these boys were  stripped naked, beaten and and then burned alive in the name of ‘punishing’ criminals. To top it all, there were a lot of people watching all this go down and one of them had the gall to make a video and upload it. I certainly didn’t know any of the boys but I have not been able to focus on anything else since. I am filled with a deep sense of sadness that young people could meet such a gruesome death in 2012 and a sense of fear/horror that there are human beings who could do this to another person. No one deserves to die like this, certainly not for the mobile phone and laptop they were alleged to have taken. But what really kills my spirit is that there were other people watching and they did nothing to help these boys.

May their souls find rest.

I’ve thought hard about whether or not to post a link to the video but I decided to do so because I didn’t appreciate the gravity of this crime until I saw it. I couldn’t sleep last night and I don’t know if tonight will be any better.


Edit: The Nigerian Police have so far arrested at least 13 people associated with the crime. Read more here


Posted by on October 9, 2012 in The Business of Living


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8 responses to “Immortalizing Evil

  1. jukk888

    October 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I’m angry. Something has to be done. They can’t get away with this.

    • D.C.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

      It seems they won’t. Several arrests have been made already..

  2. jukk888

    October 14, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s awful, but hopefully they won’t get away with murder after several arrests.

  3. Mike Martinez

    October 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm


  4. Rich Paschall

    October 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I could not view the video. It was hard to list to the story of Matthew Shepard being retold here, I could never imagine watching that or the crime you describe. It is important that people hear about this in hopes others will step forward next time.

    • D.C.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      It’s horrible and sad what one man could do to another. In Nigeria, there is a movement that’s gearing to make it a crime punishable by a jail term to stand by and watch something this unfold without doing anything about it..

  5. Elizabet

    November 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for posting this.. It’s been a pleasure to read 🙂

    • D.C.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:55 am



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