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The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 12:16am On Jan 29, 2015
In the late 90s or early 2000(not so sure o) witnessed the emergence of the bakassi boys(I was still a little girl then)
Please does anybody have a first hand information on the whereabout of the bakassi boys? Do they still exist? What led to their emergence in the first place? Asked an uncle and he said it had to do with aba shoe makers. I'd love if anyone can give me the full authentic gist, someone from the East maybe or anywhere. I love the few stories I know of them.

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Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 6:47am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:
In the late 90s or early 2000(not so sure o) witnessed the emergence of the bakassi boys(I was still a little girl then)
Please does anybody have a first hand information on the whereabout of the bakassi boys? Do they still exist? What led to their emergence in the first place? Asked an uncle and he said it had to do with aba shoe makers. I'd love if anyone can give me the full authentic gist, someone from the East maybe or anywhere. I love the few stories I know of them.
add me on bbm 2B74EFBB to know it.
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 6:58am On Jan 29, 2015
Unibenstudent:
add me on bbm 2B74EFBB to know it.
Boooossss
Lol
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 6:59am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:

Boooossss
Lol
@ least I know a hand full story.
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 7:02am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:
In the late 90s or early 2000(not so sure o) witnessed the emergence of the bakassi boys(I was still a little girl then)
Please does anybody have a first hand information on the whereabout of the bakassi boys? Do they still exist? What led to their emergence in the first place? Asked an uncle and he said it had to do with aba shoe makers. I'd love if anyone can give me the full authentic gist, someone from the East maybe or anywhere. I love the few stories I know of them.
The bakassi boys emerged from the mid 90's, where they wreaked havoc in Igbo land and killed unjust and wicked people, Edinoch was one of them. It is believed that their Machete was a sort of tester, if it turned red, you are guilty, if not you were innocent. But soon the boys began to abuse power and greed tore them apart also lack of recognition. I was one of them, we were diabanded on 18th May 2000. grin

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Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 7:06am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
The bakassi boys emerged from the mid 90's, where they wreaked havoc in Igbo land and killed unjust and wicked people, Edinoch was one of them. It is believed that their Machete was a sort of tester, if it turned red, you are guilty, if not you were innocent. But soon the boys began to abuse power and greed tore them apart also lack of recognition. I was one of them, we were diabanded on 18th May 2000. grin
na the film u watch abi..

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Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 7:09am On Jan 29, 2015
Unibenstudent:
na the film u watch abi..
Guy, I was a proud boy from 1996-2000 when our set was disbanded. We were the ones who captured and executed Eddy Okeke the bastard! Go and ask of Ifeka! that was my code name. grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 7:11am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
Guy, I was a proud boy from 1996-2000 when our set was disbanded. We were the ones who captured and executed Eddy Okeke the bastard! Go and ask of Ifeka! that was my code name. grin
I was the black scorpion then,,I was the one who killed feddy brokeke ,,ask of black scorpion.
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 7:15am On Jan 29, 2015
Unibenstudent:
I was the black scorpion then,,I was the one who killed feddy brokeke ,,ask of black scorpion.
Guy, you were not born then na! Stop deceiving yourself. After the group disbanded in 2000, I gained admission tge next year 2001. We lost contact, but late 2013, I was contacted again but I declined, I have a new life now, no time for Skeletons past. grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 7:19am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
Guy, you were not born then na! Stop deceiving yourself. After the group disbanded in 2000, I gained admission tge next year 2001. We lost contact, but late 2013, I was contacted again but I declined, I have a new life now, no time for Skeletons past. grin
if u Ni be real member that cutlass go cut ur Dickson...
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 7:29am On Jan 29, 2015
Unibenstudent:
if u Ni be real member that cutlass go cut ur Dickson...
Didn't I tell you, our Dicksons were given ukubada a drug that makes them disappear anytime we want grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 7:47am On Jan 29, 2015
Unibenstudent:
@ least I know a hand full story.
From experience or hearsay
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 7:50am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
The bakassi boys emerged from the mid 90's, where they wreaked havoc in Igbo land and killed unjust and wicked people, Edinoch was one of them. It is believed that their Machete was a sort of tester, if it turned red, you are guilty, if not you were innocent. But soon the boys began to abuse power and greed tore them apart also lack of recognition. I was one of them, we were diabanded on 18th May 2000. grin
Edinoch was one of them?? I thought he was killed by them because he was bad?
This your story ehn lol
Please na, I want the original story
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 7:51am On Jan 29, 2015
Unibenstudent:
if u Ni be real member that cutlass go cut ur Dickson...
grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 7:52am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
Didn't I tell you, our Dicksons were given ukubada a drug that makes them disappear anytime we want grin
Rotflmao
Please what is this na sad
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 8:00am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:

Edinoch was one of them?? I thought he was killed by them because he was bad?
This your story ehn lol
Please na, I want the original story
Edinoch was one of the wicked and unjust people. However, the real story goes thus



The Bakassi Boys first came to media and public
attention in 1996 following its
formation. However, this is the first time that
such pointedly negative news about the group is
coming from a non-Nigerian source.
When they first came into being, commentary
about the Bakassi in the Nigerian media was
mostly positive and they received broad public
approval. The little international attention they
received came from among the Nigerian
diaspora, where as usual they had their
supporters and detractors. Among the latter is
this author who made the common mistake of
equating the Bakassi Boys to other decidedly
political extrajudicial outfits like the western
(Yoruba) Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) or the
northern (Hausa-Fulani) Arewa Peoples Congress
(APC).
What alarmed me at the time was that the
Bakassi Boys was being brought under the
patronage of the state governors. I had assumed
it was a politically motivated outfit like vigilantes
in other parts of the country. My opposition to
the extension of governors' patronage was in
principle, given that vigilante groups, as a rule,
operated without the guidance of established
laws. And often they work in defiance of such
laws, especially when their inspiration is political.
In September 2001, I had the opportunity to
visit Nigeria and learned firsthand the real
situation there. The Bakassi, as it happens,
continues to enjoy wide public support. I saw at
least two different movies, there are more than
a dozen such movies, depicting them as heroes.
Calendars and almanacs telling the saga of
Bakassi exploits hang in offices and homes of
many Easterners. To this day, many Eastern
Nigerians remain traumatized by the events and
state of society that led to the emergence of
the vigilante group. One young mother of three
told how, at the worst time, she feared to go
out on the street even in daylight. People stayed
indoors and bared their doors and windows.
Such was the fearful state of things in the East
before the Bakassi came to clean up the crime
and stem the lawlessness, to the relief and
gratitude of all. Even policemen were happy the
Bakassi came into the scene and the two groups
worked out an amicable arrangement for
operation.
Before the Bakassi Boys, in the late 1980s and
early 1990s, there was lawlessness and high
crime in Eastern Nigeria. This was mainly due to
the existence of a small number of influential
men who sponsored the criminals. One of the
most notorious of these men was a rasputinic
character, Eddy Okeke, pastor and founder of a
local 'Christian' cult. Okeke claimed the ability
to heal many ills, make acolytes rich and give
them power over things temporal and spiritual.
He was also reputed to be a friend and adviser
to most of the men in power at the federal
level. Okeke and his followers were known for
high living. They publicly beat up those that
opposed them. This included government
officials and policemen. Taking them to court
was a pointless affair. They were invariably set
free by fearful judges. Serious opponents often
wound up dead or seriously maimed. His charms
were supposed to protect users from even
bullets. Ambitious men of all sorts -- criminals,
politicians, careerists in government and private
practice -- sought out Eddy and his charms.
Even the military men who were state governors
in the east at the time did not dare cross Eddy
or they would find themselves out of power.
As a result of all this crime grew and
lawlessness prevailed. Eddy's men marauded,
stealing and extorting from people. Not even
small children or young adults were safe. People
were disappearing, kidnapped, killed and used in
ritual rites to make practitioners even more
powerful and invincible. The most invincible, of
course, was Eddy Okeke himself.
Among the working class, the most vulnerable
were the traders and merchants, people whose
fortunes were tied up in their trading goods.
These goods had become the target of armed
robbers. The police, of course, were unable to
help. And so the traders decided to help
themselves and the Bakassi Boys was born.
Psychologically, fear of Okeke and his occult
powers was very real and at the beginning the
Bakassi Boys suffered setbacks against their
opponents. To counteract that they had to
present themselves as having more power than
their opponents. Gradually, they began to
succeed. That success was sealed after the
capture and public execution of the 'invincible'
Okeke. After that communities in the east began
to request the vigilante's help in dealing with
any number of criminal menace.
The Bakassi are well aware of the inherent
dangers of their situation and have therefore set
themselves strict guidelines for personal
conduct and action. For instance, they believe
that no member of the group can be involved in
criminal activity. They do not accept bribes and
will deal mercilessly with any of their own who
falls foul of these guidelines.
Yes, they are ruthless with criminals. They have
been known to cut off limbs and burn people
(Eddy himself was said to have been
disemboweled before being killed). That is the
method of the Bakassi Boys. But the group is
not political. They have no agenda beyond
ensuring peace and order in civil society. It is
not their method to run rampage harassing
motorists as some writers have tried to show.
That goes against the very reason for their
existence. When they travel, they do so in a
convoy of vehicles, and any acts of exuberance
they display will without doubt be with or on
their own property.
It is true that in some states in eastern Nigeria,
namely Abia and Anambra states, the group has
received support from the government. This is a
mark of their popularity and perceived
usefulness. Government oversight has had the
added benefit of further taming the Bakassi
organization.
The current spate of negative press against
them comes at a time when Nigerians are
getting ready for a new round of elections. It
appears, therefore, that the bad press is
politically motivated, and there is ample
evidence to bear this out.
In other parts of the country, avowedly political
vigilante groups have been silenced, at least for
the moment. But because of its apolitical
nature, the Bakassi Boys was spared the same
kind of treatment -- banning orders etc., --
meted out to the OPC, for instance, by the
police. Since the bad press began, however,
there have been reports of clashes with, and
raids by, the police of Bakassi offices in Abia and
Anambra states. These police actions seem
aimed at emasculating the Bakassi Boys before
the 2003 elections.
An August 11 report posted on Niajanet claims
that 'President Obasanjo has expressed fears
the group could be transformed into private
armies during next years governors' elections...'
Hence the need to bring them down before they
can be so used.
It needs repeating that what led to the rise of
the Bakassi Boys in the first place was
corruption of society through influence peddling.
The powers that be in the 1980s and '90s were
keen to extend their control to every level of
society. But they did not go about it merely
through legally constituted means. They had
resorted to thuggery, and in doing so, sowed
the seeds of chaos and lawlessness. It took the
rise of the unorthodox Bakassi Boys to rid the
East of that menace. Pity that these heroes
during a society's moment of need are now
being demonized. All the more so because the
campaign to destroy the Bakassi Boys is
instigated and propagated by a single minded
international NGO careless of the social crucible
that brought about the group's existence and
mindless of what this means to the people
whose lives are affeced.
The Truth About The Bakassi Boys
By
Obi Akwani

Read the epistle and know the truth grin

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Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 8:03am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:

Rotflmao
Please what is this na sad
My story grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 8:18am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
The bakassi boys emerged from the mid 90's, where they wreaked havoc in Igbo land and killed unjust and wicked people, Edinoch was one of them. It is believed that their Machete was a sort of tester, if it turned red, you are guilty, if not you were innocent. But soon the boys began to abuse power and greed tore them apart also lack of recognition. I was one of them, we were diabanded on 18th May 2000. grin
Guy u no even know anything self about Bakkasi boys.
It started late 1998 and Eddy Nawgu was killed around november 2000.
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 8:37am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
Edinoch was one of the wicked and unjust people. However, the real story goes thus



The Bakassi Boys first came to media and public
attention in 1996 following its
formation. However, this is the first time that
such pointedly negative news about the group is
coming from a non-Nigerian source.
When they first came into being, commentary
about the Bakassi in the Nigerian media was
mostly positive and they received broad public
approval. The little international attention they
received came from among the Nigerian
diaspora, where as usual they had their
supporters and detractors. Among the latter is
this author who made the common mistake of
equating the Bakassi Boys to other decidedly
political extrajudicial outfits like the western
(Yoruba) Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) or the
northern (Hausa-Fulani) Arewa Peoples Congress
(APC).
What alarmed me at the time was that the
Bakassi Boys was being brought under the
patronage of the state governors. I had assumed
it was a politically motivated outfit like vigilantes
in other parts of the country. My opposition to
the extension of governors' patronage was in
principle, given that vigilante groups, as a rule,
operated without the guidance of established
laws. And often they work in defiance of such
laws, especially when their inspiration is political.
In September 2001, I had the opportunity to
visit Nigeria and learned firsthand the real
situation there. The Bakassi, as it happens,
continues to enjoy wide public support. I saw at
least two different movies, there are more than
a dozen such movies, depicting them as heroes.
Calendars and almanacs telling the saga of
Bakassi exploits hang in offices and homes of
many Easterners. To this day, many Eastern
Nigerians remain traumatized by the events and
state of society that led to the emergence of
the vigilante group. One young mother of three
told how, at the worst time, she feared to go
out on the street even in daylight. People stayed
indoors and bared their doors and windows.
Such was the fearful state of things in the East
before the Bakassi came to clean up the crime
and stem the lawlessness, to the relief and
gratitude of all. Even policemen were happy the
Bakassi came into the scene and the two groups
worked out an amicable arrangement for
operation.
Before the Bakassi Boys, in the late 1980s and
early 1990s, there was lawlessness and high
crime in Eastern Nigeria. This was mainly due to
the existence of a small number of influential
men who sponsored the criminals. One of the
most notorious of these men was a rasputinic
character, Eddy Okeke, pastor and founder of a
local 'Christian' cult. Okeke claimed the ability
to heal many ills, make acolytes rich and give
them power over things temporal and spiritual.
He was also reputed to be a friend and adviser
to most of the men in power at the federal
level. Okeke and his followers were known for
high living. They publicly beat up those that
opposed them. This included government
officials and policemen. Taking them to court
was a pointless affair. They were invariably set
free by fearful judges. Serious opponents often
wound up dead or seriously maimed. His charms
were supposed to protect users from even
bullets. Ambitious men of all sorts -- criminals,
politicians, careerists in government and private
practice -- sought out Eddy and his charms.
Even the military men who were state governors
in the east at the time did not dare cross Eddy
or they would find themselves out of power.
As a result of all this crime grew and
lawlessness prevailed. Eddy's men marauded,
stealing and extorting from people. Not even
small children or young adults were safe. People
were disappearing, kidnapped, killed and used in
ritual rites to make practitioners even more
powerful and invincible. The most invincible, of
course, was Eddy Okeke himself.
Among the working class, the most vulnerable
were the traders and merchants, people whose
fortunes were tied up in their trading goods.
These goods had become the target of armed
robbers. The police, of course, were unable to
help. And so the traders decided to help
themselves and the Bakassi Boys was born.
Psychologically, fear of Okeke and his occult
powers was very real and at the beginning the
Bakassi Boys suffered setbacks against their
opponents. To counteract that they had to
present themselves as having more power than
their opponents. Gradually, they began to
succeed. That success was sealed after the
capture and public execution of the 'invincible'
Okeke. After that communities in the east began
to request the vigilante's help in dealing with
any number of criminal menace.
The Bakassi are well aware of the inherent
dangers of their situation and have therefore set
themselves strict guidelines for personal
conduct and action. For instance, they believe
that no member of the group can be involved in
criminal activity. They do not accept bribes and
will deal mercilessly with any of their own who
falls foul of these guidelines.
Yes, they are ruthless with criminals. They have
been known to cut off limbs and burn people
(Eddy himself was said to have been
disemboweled before being killed). That is the
method of the Bakassi Boys. But the group is
not political. They have no agenda beyond
ensuring peace and order in civil society. It is
not their method to run rampage harassing
motorists as some writers have tried to show.
That goes against the very reason for their
existence. When they travel, they do so in a
convoy of vehicles, and any acts of exuberance
they display will without doubt be with or on
their own property.
It is true that in some states in eastern Nigeria,
namely Abia and Anambra states, the group has
received support from the government. This is a
mark of their popularity and perceived
usefulness. Government oversight has had the
added benefit of further taming the Bakassi
organization.
The current spate of negative press against
them comes at a time when Nigerians are
getting ready for a new round of elections. It
appears, therefore, that the bad press is
politically motivated, and there is ample
evidence to bear this out.
In other parts of the country, avowedly political
vigilante groups have been silenced, at least for
the moment. But because of its apolitical
nature, the Bakassi Boys was spared the same
kind of treatment -- banning orders etc., --
meted out to the OPC, for instance, by the
police. Since the bad press began, however,
there have been reports of clashes with, and
raids by, the police of Bakassi offices in Abia and
Anambra states. These police actions seem
aimed at emasculating the Bakassi Boys before
the 2003 elections.
An August 11 report posted on Niajanet claims
that 'President Obasanjo has expressed fears
the group could be transformed into private
armies during next years governors' elections...'
Hence the need to bring them down before they
can be so used.
It needs repeating that what led to the rise of
the Bakassi Boys in the first place was
corruption of society through influence peddling.
The powers that be in the 1980s and '90s were
keen to extend their control to every level of
society. But they did not go about it merely
through legally constituted means. They had
resorted to thuggery, and in doing so, sowed
the seeds of chaos and lawlessness. It took the
rise of the unorthodox Bakassi Boys to rid the
East of that menace. Pity that these heroes
during a society's moment of need are now
being demonized. All the more so because the
campaign to destroy the Bakassi Boys is
instigated and propagated by a single minded
international NGO careless of the social crucible
that brought about the group's existence and
mindless of what this means to the people
whose lives are affeced.
The Truth About The Bakassi Boys
By
Obi Akwani

Read the epistle and know the truth grin
Makes a whole lot of sense, thanks.
They were believed to be really handsome grin. I wonder if they are still around somewhere eerrrrrrrm like nairaland grin grin
Thanks wink
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 8:40am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:

Makes a whole lot of sense, thanks.
They were believed to be really handsome grin. I wonder if they are still around somewhere eerrrrrrrm like nairaland grin grin
Thanks wink
I was one of them, but I am no longer handsome, after retirement, they take away your handsomeness grin grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 8:47am On Jan 29, 2015
KingTom:
I was one of them, but I am no longer handsome, after retirement, they take away your handsomeness grin grin
cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy
I don't think they took yours o
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by KingTom(m): 9:45am On Jan 29, 2015
Justeenaleo:

cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy
I don't think they took yours o
They did, I used to look like Desmond Elliott, now I look like Baba Suwe. cry
grin grin grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 2:10pm On Jan 30, 2015
Justeenaleo:

grin
babe u fucke.d up..
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 10:41am On Jan 31, 2015
Unibenstudent:
babe u fucke.d up..
I did?
How na?
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Nobody: 11:00am On Jan 31, 2015
Justeenaleo:

I did?
How na?
u don't want us to chat offline.
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by jaybee3(m): 11:11am On Jan 31, 2015
Make me sef use bakassi boys affiliation toast babe

I be original bakassi boy

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Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by jackpot(f): 2:53pm On Jan 31, 2015
jaybee3:
Make me sef use bakassi boys affiliation toast babe

I be original bakassi boy
Yea, you were our powerhouse: the crippled dibia whom we always went on missions with. grin tongue cheesy
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 9:16am On Feb 01, 2015
jackpot:
Yea, you were our powerhouse: the crippled dibia whom we always went on missions with. grin tongue cheesy
cheesy cheesy cheesy
I remember him!
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 9:17am On Feb 01, 2015
jaybee3:
Make me sef use bakassi boys affiliation toast babe

I be original bakassi boy
grin grin
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by jaybee3(m): 9:23am On Feb 01, 2015
Justeenaleo:

grin grin
Na you i wan toast ooo
Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by Justeenaleo(f): 4:58pm On Feb 01, 2015
jaybee3:

Na you i wan toast ooo
Oya na
Put plenty butter ooo tongue tongue

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Re: The Bakassi Boys ??? ??? ??? by jaybee3(m): 5:26pm On Feb 01, 2015
Justeenaleo:

Oya na
Put plenty butter ooo tongue tongue
I fit use Frozen yoghurt?

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