A notorious thug in Kogi State, Abubakar
Abdulkarim, has told the blood-cuddling tale of
how politicians engaged him to assassinate their
He also narrated how he killed his latest victim,
one Farouk Lawal, another thug who was allegedly
hired by some unnamed politicians to eliminate
him. Not only did he succeed in killing Lawal, he
cut the deceased’s corpse into three, each of which
was buried in three different local government
areas in the state.
Abubakar who goes by the nickname, ‘Ijaw Boy’, is
also known as ‘Ijogbon’ (which means trouble). He
revealed that until he fell into the cold embrace of
the law, he had killed so many people and lost
count of the number. For years, the dreaded thug
and political assassin had been a thorn in the flesh
of the Kogi State Police command.
He told shocked newsmen that he was a master in
the ‘art’ of killing, a skill he happily put at the
disposal of influential politicians in Ebiraland, who
allegedly hired him to either terrorize their
opponents or summarily kill them.
A police source told Sunday Sun that Abubakar
was the brain behind most of the political killings
in Ebiraland. The road to the end of Abubakar’s
reign of terror, assassination and thuggery began
in February this year, when he allegedly killed
Lawal and escaped to Port Harcourt, Rivers State to
Incensed by the dastardly act, the police launched
a nationwide manhunt for Abubakar. With
excellent detective work, the police succeeded in
arresting him in Port Harcourt and giving him a
hard ride back to Kogi State. In the course of
interrogation, he recounted to the police how he
killed Lawal who, he alleged, had been hired to
eliminate him by some politicians who were
uncomfortable with him being around after he
claimed to have become born-again,
following a visit to The Synagogue Church of All
Nations in Lagos where he allegedly underwent
deliverance therapy. Addressing newsmen on the
breakthrough achieved by the police in the case
involving Abubakar, Kogi State Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Seidu Madawaki said the suspect led
detectives to the forest where he buried the head
Responding to questions when he was paraded
before journalists, Abubakar said: “Yes, there is no
denying the fact that I was the Commandant-
General of all political thugs in Ebiraland. I have
been hired severally to wreak havoc on political
opponents and in doing this, with members of my
gang, I have killed so many people and I found it
difficult to stay alone without being haunted by the
spirits of the dead.
So, I decided to take solace in hard drugs. “When
the then governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris
introduced the amnesty programme in 2010-2011,
I actively participated and surrendered all my guns
because the Commissioner of Police then
threatened to declare me wanted if I did not come
out of hiding.
“Shortly after I surrendered all my guns and
disbanded my gang, I was watching of Prophet T.
B. Joshua on television one day when my heart was
touched and I decided to change from my bad
habits. I then travelled to Lagos and went to The
Synagogue Church of All Nations, where I openly
confessed my atrocities and the cleric prayed for
me and conducted deliverance on me.
“But when I came back home, people were still not
convinced about my repentance and confession.
They suspected every of my movements and some
politicians who were not comfortable with my new
faith, sent another thug (Farouk Lawal) to kill me.
He was busy trailing me. I thought it was a joke
until he came to my house and killed my sister.
He later abducted my pregnant wife and was about
to kill her when my boys rescued her. “Therefore, I
decided that I had to kill the b*****d for me to live
my life, because he had vowed to kill me. Killing
my enemy first is not a crime.”