Village Cheiftan Convicted of Serial Murder Says Necklacing Part of African Culture & to be Respected. Is the West Ready?
Bodies Already Showing up in the Thames – Not Enough of A Warning for You?
by G. Vallone
We are often told that our inability to understand foreign customs prevents us from being objective and tolerant.
That Western aversion to voodoo, Muti ritual, Halal and Kosher killing, child circumcision, and other forms of non-western culture, we collectively fear, clouds our judgement. (note – Ancient Vedic scripture, Buddhist writings, Laws of Hammurabi etc are examples of ACTUAL non-western culture)
Just because it’s different and alien to us, doesn’t make it bad, the left often tell us.
The idea that a noble beast could eat its own child, or cut of its genitalia to make an amulet for a pendant, or accuse his wife and her parents of being a witch, so he can get her money – all common practices in sub-Saharan Africa, are ones the left intentionally ignore.
But I suppose some African practices might be of some value.
Take necklacing for example:
Recently a Nigerian village chieftain, who’d been convicted of serial murder, defended his use of necklacing when killing four innocent Nigerian university students who’d made the life-ending mistake of venturing into the bush to collect money one of them was owed.
“They came to our village and we showed them one of our great African customs”, the chief with three siblings living in Britain, remarked as he was cross examined by Nigeria’s High Court prosecutor.
Pouring petrol into a tyre and burning a fellow human being into a pile of ash is now an African custom?
Necklacing is the shocking method of killing involving putting a gasoline-filled pneumatic tyre around a victim’s neck and setting it ablaze. The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die, suffering catastrophic burns in the process.
Quite interestingly, during the trial, the Nigerian tribal chief, who stood accused of orchestrating the murders, defended the use of necklacing due to its ‘cultural importance to Africans’. For the good chief, as he was known locally, it symbolised ‘justice, African style’ due to its use by the ‘ANC in the struggle against white rule’.
I wonder when the left will start defending the merits of necklacing – telling us that our fears it will arrive on our shores, stem from our being racist, and not any reasoned inference or fear.
After all, it’s an African custom and therefore cultural. To fear an alien culture amounts to intolerance.
Why not see the cultural significance of necklacing?
It was in fact born in South Africa during that nations struggle for ‘democracy’.
Necklacing is now in fact a practice freedom fighters from the Mid East to deepest darkest Africa use in honour of the great woman than invented it – Winnie Mandela!
Of course, I am being sardonic.
It is a savage practice, perpetrated by the most sbarbaric life forms to walk the face the earth.
From Mexican drug cartels, to the Brazilian Primeiro Comando da Capital – the most violent beasts to share our planet have adopted the truly African practice of necklacing.
So why are we covering this?
Because this particular savagery impacts all of us.
Just walk down any street in north, east and parts of south London to know how close you are to getting necklaced.
In fact necklacing’s southern African cousin, Muti murder, has already arrived.
This past year the London Metropolitan police reported that several bodies were found floating in the Thames with hands, feet, heads and genitalia missing. Many were children, all were of black sub-Saharan African descent. They are assumed to be the result of Muti rituals. Then there were the 400 Ugandan children destined to be chopped up, rescued by the London Police this past year. Reports state that these kids were to be used in ritual “practices”.
Necklacing itself has been rumoured to have cropped up in some of London’s shadier boroughs.
Unless we impose a moratorium on immigration from lands these sort of practice originate, we will be seeing this sort of thing also cropping up in our nations.
The following case should serve as a warning to us all – Winnie Mandela should be proud.
‘Necklace’ lynchings that shocked Southern Africa: Agonising deaths of four students who were burned alive is posted online
- Ugonna Obuzor, Chiadika Biringa, Lloyd Toku, and Tekena Elkanah were were accused of stealing then stripped naked and beaten
- Tyres filled with petrol were wrapped around their necks and set alight
- The four Nigerian students had gone to the village of Aluu to collect a debt, unaware it was a trap
- ‘Necklacing’ is the appalling method of killing which involves putting a petrol-filled tyre around a victim’s neck and setting it ablaze
- Experts say it is rising in a country where corrupt police are feared more than gangsters
- 19 people have been arrested including village chieftain
When best friends Ugonna Obuzor, Chiadika Biringa, Lloyd Toku, and Tekena Elkanah left their Nigerian university campus for a nearby village to collect a debt, none could have known they were walking towards a death of unutterable brutality.
They were chased through the streets by stick and stone-wielding vigilantes, stripped naked and beaten until they were almost unconscious.
They were dragged through mud, had concrete slabs dropped on their heads and car tyres filled with petrol wrapped around their necks. Then somebody lit a match.
Scroll down for the video. GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING
Classmates: Chiadika Biringa (left), 20, studied theatre arts while Tekena Elkanah (right), 20 was a technical student. The four traveled to Aluu to collect a debt
Close: Lloyd Toku (left), 19, was a civil engineering student and Ugonna Obuzor (right), 18, was a geology student. They were stripped naked and beaten until they were almost unconscious, had concrete slabs dropped on their heads and tyres filled with petrol wrapped around their necks
This horrific orgy of violence and torture was also be filmed on a mobile phone and later uploaded to YouTube for the world to see.
It is known as ‘necklacing’, the appalling method of killing which involves putting a petrol-filled tyre around a victim’s neck and setting it ablaze, and this latest incident has sent shockwaves throughout Nigeria and the wider world.
Campaigners say police are largely to blame and are feared more than organised criminals in parts of Nigeria where faith in the judicial system has all but evaporated.
Unspeakable: The orgy of horrific violence and torture was filmed on a mobile phone and later uploaded to YouTube for the world to see
Fear: They were dragged through mud, had concrete slabs dropped on their heads and tyres filled with petrol wrapped around their necks. Then somebody lit a match
And experts say so-called ‘jungle justice’ is increasing in many of Nigeria’s poorer, more isolated communities where the Nigerian authorities have failed to crack down on a culture of impunity for crimes.
Obuzor, Biringa, Toku, and Elkanah were roommates at the University of Port Harcourt, in Chuba, Nigeria.
According to Biringa’s mother, Chinewe, Obuzor had asked his friends to accompany him to the nearby village of Aluu because somebody there owed him money.
What exactly happened when they arrived is unclear, but it has been claimed that Obuzor’s debtor spread the word that the men were there to steal laptops and mobile phones and they were soon set upon.
‘I want the world to know how our security failed us. I want the world to know that my son and his three friends are innocent of what they said they did,’ Mrs Biringa told CNN.
‘He was a very kindhearted boy and we (were) so close,’ she said. ‘If my son sees you 100 times he will greet you 110 times.’
Best friends: According to Biringa’s mother, Chinewe, the four friends dreamed of launching a music career and had already recorded a song together called, Aint No Love in the City
A family’s pain: Chiadika Biringa’s parents and Chinewe and Steven say they watched the video because they wouldn’t have believed it if they hadn’t seen their son’s killing with their own eyes
According to reports the village had been shaken by a series of recent armed robberies and villagers were on high alert.
But Mrs Biringa said the three friends were entirely innocent and dreamed of launching a music career. They had already recorded a song together called, Aint No Love in the City.
Mrs Biringa and her husband, Steven, an oil executive at Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says that he watched the video because he wouldn’t have believed it if he hadn’t seen his son’s killing with his own eyes.
Suspects: Thirteen villagers from Aluu are paraded by police in Port Harcourt. Among them was the village chieftain
Oil country: The four young men were studying at the University of Port Harcourt. Aluu is nearby
‘I want them to know from beginning to end the barbaric nature with which they chose hunt them down,’ he said. ‘Even your worse enemy should not be treated in such form in the 21st century that people are still behaving and killing human beings as if they were rats.’
In the wake of the killing students at University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) rioted, burning cars, shops and houses.
WHAT IS ‘NECKLACING’?
It can often take a victim more than 20 minutes to die in excruciating agony.
In the violent 1980s and 1990s, necklacing was a common sentence imposed by ‘people’s courts’ on collaborators with the apartheid regime and criminals in South Africa.
It is still used in certain, more lawless, parts of Africa, where corrupt police are no longer trusted, to punish thieves and rapists.
Incidents have been reported more recently in Haiti, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and India.
Brazilian drug lords are also known to have ‘necklaced’ their enemies, most notoriously the journalist Tim Lopes in 2002.
He was kidnapped by local drug dealers while investigating crime in Rio’s favelas.
His hands, arms, and legs were severed with a sword while still alive, and then had his body placed within tires, covered in gasoline and set on fire.
Anti riot police were called in and the campus was shut down indefinitely.
Spurred into action by the uproar surrounding the incident, Nigerian police have since arrested at least 19 people from the village of Aluu, including its chieftain Alhaji Hassan Welewa.
A police spokesman said: ‘The police immediately launched an investigation leading to the arrest of Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the traditional ruler of Omukiri Community, Aluu, where the heinous incident took place and eighteen others, some of who are members of the vigilante group of the community.’
Police said officers on the scene were unable to prevent the sickening lynching because they were pelted with stones by villagers until they fled on foot.
In the violent 1980s and 1990s, necklacing was a common sentence imposed by ‘people’s courts’ on collaborators with the apartheid regime and criminals.
It was frequently carried out in the name of the now-ruling African National Congress.
Now necklacing is being used across parts of Africa where law is seen to have failed. Incidents have been reported in South Africa against Zimbabweans and Mozambicans who have fled violence and poverty in their own countries.
In horrific attacks, mainly around Johannesburg, women have been raped and men beaten to death.
Shops and homes have been looted and dozens of shacks burned to the ground. Thousands of refugees have fled to the comparative safety of police stations.