Nigerian Army confirms death of ‘Charlie Boy’ in Imo State

The Nigerian Army 34 artillery has confirmed the death of a notorious cult leader Charles Ojeoru a.k.a Charlie boy.


This was after a gun battle between Army and cultists in Ohaji Egbema area of Imo State.


The Army, who described Charles Ojeoru as a cultist, said he was the gang leader of a notorious group that mainly operated In Awara, Imodube and Ogwewe communities of the oil producing Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.


In a statement by the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Imo state, Lieutenant Haruna Tagwai, he said the cultist died during a gun battle between the strike Force of 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, and cultists in the area.

The Ohaji Egbema Local Government and the environs appear to be a regular attraction to cultists and other miscreants due to its oil rich nature.


However, the Army says a clearance operation was being carried out to cleanse the area, as well as Imo state in general.


Lieutenant Tagwai stated that some other members of the notorious gang had also sustained various degrees of injuries while some are still on the run. Nevertheless, they would not rest on their laurels until the criminals are apprehended.


He urged the general public to report to security agencies or any relevant information on sighting anyone or group of persons with gunshot wounds.

Cultist In Court For Killing Gang Leader

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned an alleged cultist, Adeola Adebowale, 34,before the Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly killing a former cult leader by binding his hands and legs and throwing him into the lagoon.

It had been reported on June 12, 2015, that the deceased, Godwin Victor, aka Sangba, was abducted by some cultists in the Akoka area of the state.

Sangba was reportedly kidnapped by members of the gang he once led because of his decision to quit the group and embrace normal life.

A police source told our correspondents that the victim was kidnapped by some members of the gang – Anarchy, Rotimi, Lati, Ade and others – who were loyal to late Segun Ogere, aka Shaggy.

Shaggy was killed by suspected cultists while returning from a court, where he was the principal witness, sometime in 2014.

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Missing Ex-Cult Leader Found Dead + Read Bizarre Way Cult Members Killed Him

Thirty-year-old Godwin Victor, aka Sangba, who was abducted by members of his former cult group for embracing normal life, has been found dead.

Sangba’s hands and legs were tied, while a log of wood was also tied to his neck before he was thrown into the Lagoon.

Policemen reportedly recovered his corpse around the UNILAG waterfront on Thursday. Sangba had quit his group due to fear for his safety and police harassment.

Some of his friends, who did not support his decision, attacked him. He was said to have moved to Port Harcourt after increased threats to his life. However, when he came back to check his family, he was abducted.

How he was abducted:

Family sources that Sangba was kidnapped by cultists, who were his friends and members of the gang he once led.

The gang members were said to have been displeased with his decision to quit the group and embrace normal life.

Sangba reportedly left the group due to constant harassment by the police and for safety concerns.

The 30-year-old Akwa Ibom indigene had recently returned to the community from Port Harcourt, when he was abducted on Friday.

His wife, Eniola, said her husband had returned from Port Harcourt where he relocated to due to threats to his life.

She said, “My husband is very popular in this community. Because of that, whenever there was a fight involving his friends and people’s property were destroyed, the police would arrest him.

“He became unhappy with the bad name they were giving him, and he called them and said he wanted to quit street fighting.

“He met other cult groups and appealed to them to embrace peace and lay down their weapons.”

She said the groups agreed to a truce in December last year.

A few months after the truce, sanity returned to the area. But some of Sangba’s friends, who were opposed to the development, attacked him.

Eniola said one of her husband’s friends shot him at a party in April, adding that he narrowly escaped.

“From that time, he stopped coming to the house and started lodging in a hotel nearby.

“When the stress became too much for him, he decided to relocate to Port Harcourt. While he was away, there was another bloody clash in Bajulaiye and Ebute; two people were killed. When he heard, he was disturbed and told his friends to stop the fighting. He wondered what they were fighting for.”

The victim later returned to Lagos on Wednesday, June 3, to look after his family and perfect plans to travel outside the country.

“When he arrived, he called one of those boys, who he trusted, and told him that he only came to get his travelling documents,” Eniola added.

The victim went to a club on Friday, when the gang attacked and abducted him.

Another friend, who was with him, Toheeb Akinpelumi, was said to have been injured before he escaped.

Sangba’s mother, Eme, said the family reported the matter at the Bariga Police Division.

She lamented that her son had yet to be found, urging the kidnappers to release him.

She said, “Since they kidnapped him on Friday, his phone numbers have been switched off. I have not been able to eat. He is my source of happiness and joy. I appeal to his friends, Anarchy, Ade and others, to release him. If he offended them, they should forgive him.

“Ade and Anarchy lived with me for two years and I fed them.

“After the disagreement started, they chased my son with guns, saying they would kill him.

“At another time, they came to the house and when they did not meet him they broke the television and said they would return.”

A police source said the victim was kidnapped by Anarchy, Rotimi, Lati, Ade and others, who were loyal to late Segun Ogere, aka Shaggy.

Shaggy was killed by suspected cultists while returning from a court, where he was the principal witness, sometime in 2014.

Source: Punch