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11 Years After, Two Members Of Defunct Bakassi Group Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Murder

Two former members of the Bakassi Group, which is now the Abia State Vigilante Services, were found guilty of killing two people in the state and were sentenced to death by hanging by a high court in Ukwa, Abia State.


The trial judge, Hon. Justice C.H. Ahuchaogu, convicted Mr. Ugochukwu Amaugo and Mr. Udo Ogba Oka, the suspects, guilty of murder in connection with the August 30, 2013, event.


In a ruling issued on Thursday, March 7, 2024, the judge determined that both individuals were responsible for the deaths of Martins Azih and Temple Nwakanma in the Osisioma, Aba, Abia State area.


Recall that on August 30, 2013, members of the now-defunct Bakassi group, now known as Abia State Vigilante Services, announced that they had apprehended two young men, Temple Nwakanma and Martins Azih, in the vicinity of Osisioma, Aba, and that they had discovered weapons, ammunition, and knives on them.


After moving the boys out of that location and on to their workplace in Umuahia, they encountered several Nigerian Army men at the Abia Tower. These men asked to be given custody of the boys after questioning them, and they granted their request.


They stated that at the time of the transfer, they were unaware of the military men’s names and had not received a note from them.

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Since then, the young men’s whereabouts have remained a mystery because the Nigerian Army personnel stationed nearby denied ever meeting any of the individuals who had been reported missing by the Abia State Vigilante Services.


In the meantime, for the past 11 years, attempts to find those young guys have been unsuccessful.


The case, which has been pending since the incident, was finally resolved on Thursday when Hon. Justice Chibuzo Ahuchaogu sentenced both members of the now-defunct Bakassi group, also known as Abia State Vigilante Services, to death by hanging. This was due to their inability to provide sufficient evidence to prove that they had given the boys over to Nigerian Army soldiers and were therefore unaware of their disappearance.



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