Church worshippers stone man, 60, to death


The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the murder of a man, Philip Ugwu, 60, by suspected worshipers following a land dispute in Afikpo Local Government Area.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, George Okafor, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki on Monday that the incident occurred at Amebo-Ndebo village.

Mr. Okafor said that the matter was reported to the police on September 30 by the wife of the deceased, Abani Ugwu, adding that one Tochukwu Okoh, an evangelist, had been arrested in connection with the incident.

He said the deceased’s wife alleged that Mr. Okoh and three others attacked her husband with stones.

The officer also quoted the widow as saying that her husband who could not withstand the attack eventually became unconscious and was rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.

He said that his body had been deposited in a mortuary and would undergo autopsy.

The spokesperson said the divisional police officer for the area led a team of detectives and anti-crime patrol officers to the scene and arrested the suspect.

“We are currently on the trail of other suspects and I am sure that they will soon be arrested due to the useful information at our disposal,” he said.

“We assure the public that the matter will be investigated thoroughly while the culprits will be duly prosecuted,” he said.

NAN learnt that the victim, popularly called Boxer or Coach, had argued with the worshippers in a new generation church over the erection of a fence to demarcate their lands.

“We heard Boxer’s wife screaming that her husband had been attacked by some worshippers and before we could get to the scene, he was lying unconscious.

“He was immediately rushed to the hospital but his wife identified one of the attackers still with a stone who was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police.

“The victim’s wife explained that he had purchased and built on the parcel of land even before the church came to lay claim over it,” a witness who preferred anonymity said.

The witness said that the matter had previously been reported to the traditional council during which the head pastor of the church, still at large, was invited.



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  • amazing2012

    Aha ! You see no single comment from satanic Christians. Religion of lies, pretension and hypocrisy.
    If this barbaric, satanic, deadly and heartless crime/sin was commited in Kano, by now ALL Nigerian Christians would have insulted Muslims world over !

    • Kudo

      Off point

      • amazing2012

        What would you have said if they were Muslims ? Off point ? Shame unto Christians open hate and biase !

        • Freedom Bini

          Was the attack due to religious believe?

    • Wisdom Alpha

      Christianity is satanic is then good, at least they are not terrorist, carrying bomb in themselves, cutting peoples neck, all like the way their founder did.

    • Ade

      They didn’t shout ‘ jesus ku bar’ when killing him.

      • amazing2012

        ..then the victim did not die ? Is it the shouting that signifies death ?
        So all the killings of innocent people by Christians is not death or will not carry weight because Allahu Akbar was/is not shouted ?
        Please go for mental checking !

  • fosi

    Charlatans n bigots r found in every religion. Any in doubt should read about d war btw the Tutsis and d Hutus. Most believers in d dominant religions don’t understand Jack about the tenets of their Faith. It’s just a miseducation of our people. Expect more of this in d future sadly. Mr Rufai understands this best; we should support him.

    • amazing2012

      It is suprised, see no Christians comment and your comment is that of exoneration but blame. If they were Muslims would you have said “charlatans and bigots are found in every religion”. ?

      • Wisdom Alpha

        Sadly you you did not read the report properly and then think properly before talking. In the report did you see anything connection to church, church believes,…Two people Christians, or whosoever fighting over a piece of land can kill them selves. So please read carefully, think properly before you make statements. And do not defend any religion that kill people in the name of breaking or blaspheming.

        • amazing2012

          Sadly, I review the news the same way you should have review it if the incident happen in Kano !

          • Wisdom Alpha

            You did not review it…for there is no news that comes out of Kano like this that will cause any talking.

          • amazing2012

            I respect your name, ” wisdom”. But it seems it is only the name not its meaning.
            In Kano last few weeks, there is an unfortunate event were a Christian woman was mobbed to death. The entire country was more like in flame. But this one because it happen by Christians including a pastor, no one is commenting, especially condemning it. But it is in Kano ! Hahahahahah it will become Christians religious duty to insult and bark on Muslims.

          • Wisdom Alpha

            Please say the sorry clearly she was not mobbed to death but she was killed by muslims who said she committed whatsoever they call blaspheme. This has been ongoing for years all because of hatred for been a Christian, though. In this case it as reported here it is between Christians or even people a claimed to be Christians having dispute over land, this issue has nothing to do with religion things and so you can not compare this with the event of the woman in Kano. Speak the truth friend

  • Wisdom Alpha

    Premium times i do not see how this report connects to the church! The people that killed somebody killed somebody all because of land dispute, so how does the Church come in here?

  • Mohd Sageer

    Nigerian Christians are religious bigots… I think thei religion teach them hatred

  • Kelechi onwuegbule

    Amazing2012, I am not any bit amazed at your responses to this story, after all that’s the reason why the writer chose this slant, to elicit these kind of responses to disparage christians and christianity. Reading through your 6 comments, I can see the full time passion you are throwing into this discourse. The more you comment, the more I feel your hate for Christianity/christians, it is so palpable. I have muslim friends, but they do not react to issues the way u are doing. I think you should tone it down a bit, try and propagate love, not hate, preach sensible religion and not radicalism, by so doing Nigeria will be a better place for us all. Salaam!


    Here we are again, why all such non-sense? Why should I insult what you believe is your religion? We would hardly be good people if we continue like this. For the Muslim fellows, if you believe there is what Qur’an termed ‘Day of resurrection’ or the Last Day, then do not say any thing bad against any non-Muslim, let’s wait for the Day.
    If you are not a Muslim, then you have no course to talk bad of Islam, as it does not ask ANY body in any form to harm, cheat, insult, attack by words or even look at you in a suspicious way. Weather you believe me or not, I swear to the Allah I believe in, all those killing, maiming, deceiving, terrorising or doing any thing bad, no matter little it is, to either Christian followers, Jewish followers, traditionalists, fellow Muslims and what have you, are doing so WRONGLY and against what Allah directs. My prayer is this, who ever insults or attacks the religion of one another, God deny him all his needs, make him remain in poverty throughout his life, and punish him in the hereafter. If you dare it say Amen.