The A Rise And Fall of Derico Nwamma full Story

Nigeria has had her fair share of notable armed
robbers like Dr Ishola Oyenusi and Abiodun
Egunjobi who terrorised the entire South-west.
Lawrence Anini who dealt with the entire
And Here Is the Story of Derico Nwamama who
held the Entire South-East to a stand-still
(Especially Anambra State). His real name is
Okwudili Ndiwe A.K.A Derico Nwamama!
Derico started out as a Street Urchin in Onitsha,
then graduated to a pickpocket, and then to a
dreaded Criminal whose mere mention of his
name sent shivers down the spines of every
single human being in the entire South East part
of Nigeria.
Indeed, long before Derico became famous for
his Exploits in the City of Onitsha, The entire
Anambra State was under the control of another
Ruthless, Merciless and Cold Blooded Armed
Robber known as Chiejina...
Under the Reign of Chiejina and his gang, all
residents of Onitsha were living in fear. In fact,
a Policeman once told me a horrifying story
about Chiejina.
He said that on 16th of February 1999, two
days after valentine celebration, Chiejina, acting
on a tip-off besieged a family in Onitsha hoping
to get money from the man of the house, but
unfortunately, the man didn’t come home with
money, he had gone to the bank before going
Chiejina became so enraged that he grabbed
the man’s 4months old son, threatened to
throw the baby from a 3 storey building, and
when the man and his wife weren’t forthcoming
with his demands, he flung the baby from 3
storey building and shot the man twice in the
In fact, Reports have it that he forced families
to have incest in front of him for his own
amusement. He forced Fathers to sleep with
their daughters and Mothers to sleep with their
sons, Refusal meant death!
Derico and Chiejina were very good friends at
that time and also colleagues in the Armed
Robbery Business, a friendship that started
during the famous Umuleri/Aguleri War... But
Derico was not based in Onitsha then, he was
based in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory and
only visited the east from time to time to carry
out his robbery operations with maximum
And after raining a torrent of bullets and gunfire
upon the hapless and ill-equipped officers of
the Nigerian Police and defenceless Nigerians,
he would speed back to his safe haven, with
his loot, safe on the laps of power, luxury and
But according to reports, wahala started in
November 1999, when the then Obi Of Onitsha,
HRH Obi Ofala Okagbue rallied Onitsha-Ado
Youths to help curb the ever rising Crime in the
City to enable indigenes who ran away to return
for the Christmas Celebration of that year...
Ado youths then sat together with some of the
notorious armed robbers to know how to settle
them and have peace return to the City of
Chiejina and Derico were present in the
But after the meeting, the deadly Chiejina
refused to stand down, in fact, he attacked
some members of the Ado Youth and became
even more ruthless in the entire State!
Ado Youths sought the help of his bosom
friend, Derico but it didn’t yield much fruit, so
they decided to give him a taste of his own
They liaised with Derico and some special
Police Officers to raid Chiejina and his gang.
The Operation was not totally successful
because Chiejina was not present at the time
but members of his gang were rounded up and
sent to The Central Police Station, Onitsha.
When Chiejina learnt what happened, he felt
betrayed by his bosom friend, Derico, and
without thinking about the consequences,
called on his right-hand man who also doubled
as his bike man, Amobi, to take him straight to
Derico’s parent’s house.
On getting there, he met Derico’s father and
decorated the man with lots of bullets!!!
Derico heard about it and set out for revenge
immediately, he ran into Chiejina close to
Emmanuel Church at Ugwunokpamba road,
Onitsha and pumped in lots of bullets into the
Great Chiejina, and the Iroko of the Underworld
fell into a gutter...
Derico then put Chiejina into a wheelbarrow
and wheeled him to the Police Station at
Isiokwe, Onitsha.
An unconfirmed report claimed that Chiejina
didn’t die on the spot, that while in the
wheelbarrow, he begged Derico to kill him and
not take him to the Police Station alive. Derico
then obliged him and pumped in one final shot
to end the evil reign of one of Nigeria’s meanest
On getting to the Police Station, Officers were
dancing and celebrating, they lifted Derico up
as their Hero and celebrated him as the King of
the Town.
Little did they know that they just crowned a
more wicked soul, the King and Protector of
After the death of Chiejina, Derico became the
undisputed Emperor of Terror in the Land. The
Entire Anambra State was in the soup and the
environs will not be spared too!
At some point, Derico used the town of Umuleri
as his hideout.
Then from there, he would issue threatening
messages to the police that they will pay for
killing members of his gang.
He also maintained bases in other towns like
Agbor, Benin and Asaba.
Indeed, the traders in Onitsha could not display
their wares with peace while many slept with
one eye open. Derico sacked commercial banks
in Onitsha, carting away millions of naira.
Travellers who had to pass through the state
held their breath expecting the hoodlum to
strike at any time.
The then Governor of the state, Chinwoke
Mbadinuju, became an old man over night with
worries on how to handle the menace of Derico.
He was described as the personification of
terror. From Nnewi to Nkpor, down to Onitsha,
up to Asaba, from the villages in Umuleri to
towns in Ihiala, the old and the young, Men,
women and Children were terrified at the mere
whisper of Derico Nwamama.
He took over people’s Lands, Businesses,
Wives and all his members including members
of his family got away with anything because
they were related to him!
At that time, he was said to be invisible and
could not be arrested.
According to reports, Derico Nwamama killed
over 200 people including 25 police officers
whose lives he mercilessly wasted. He was a
master of countless bus robberies and will not
blink twice before pumping his hot lead bullets
into the beating hearts of helpless victims.
And after his successful raids, he would boast
and declare himself invincible. Derico seemed
to have placed a lot of faith and confidence in
the charms prepared for him by the traditional
witch doctors.
Indeed, Governor Mbadinuju was not the only
one worried about the reign of terror
perpetrated by Derico Nwamama as even
President Olusegun Obasanjo was enraged that
the criminal was left to unleash terror in a part
of Nigeria.
The police were helpless and had lost many
men to the dreaded bandit and seemed at wits
end on what to do to bring him and his gang to
book. In May 2001, the Anambra State Police
Command launched the Operation Derico,
which was aimed at capturing Derico and his
gang members at all cost.
The police managed to arrest some of Derico's
men but he was still elusive as he kept
operating with reckless abandon, robbing,
killing and kidnapping innocent Nigerians.
In December 2000, Derico and his gang
committed the worst crime known to man till
They attacked a 59-seater-Luxurious Bus filled
to the brim at the Popular Upper Iweka. The bus
was about to leave for Lagos.
After robbing every single person in the bus,
they decided to kill everybody on board!
Including women and children, and mercilessly,
the devil himself (Derico) gave the orders and
his men shot all the passengers, execution
style and left them for dead! (Only 4 people
survived the ordeal)!
After that horrible incident, the then Governor of
Anambra State, Chinwoke Mbadinuju didn’t
have any other choice but to bring in the
Dreaded Bakassi Boys to help save the State.
Bakassi Boys in Action
On Tuesday, July 3, 2001, (If this date is your
birthday, then u deserve one bottle of whatever
your brand plus one plate of Nkwobi because
that was the day Onitsha, and indeed Anambra
State was liberated)!
On the 3rd of July, 2001, Derico was on a bus
going from Agbor to Onitsha, on getting to the
Onitsha axis of the Bridge Head, The Dreaded
Bakassi Boys stopped the bus.
Sensing danger, The Crime Lord Jumped the
Window to run away, but before he could make
the first after jumping out, the nearest Bakassi
member on the scene chopped off his left ear
and that was how Derico was captured.
And For a man who thought he was above the
law and could not be captured, it was funny
how he started crying and pleading for his life.
He was taken to Borromeo Hospital for
treatment cos he was bleeding profusely.
When news of his capture broke, ever single
human being in Anambra State celebrated as if
it was the second coming of Christ!
Indeed, Derico met his end in an awful manner.
Before then, the Bakassi Boys had developed a
terrible and blood-chilling reputation for dealing
with suspects and Derico's days were surely
numbered from when he was caught.
On the 9th of July 2001, six days after Derico
was captured at the Niger Bridge, the Bakassi
Boys did to him what many had earlier
predicted. Chanting war songs, they drove in
their convoy around the town and ended at the
Ochanja Market Junction along the popular
Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha.
As their buses came to a halt, shouts of
excitement and expectation rented the air.
Many knew the fate that would befall Derico, so
they all trooped to the spot to witness the final
judgment on him.
Derico was dragged out from the bus, looking
gaunt and severely beaten, a trademark of the
vigilante group. His body bore cuts and
gashes, a testament to what he must have
gone through in their hands. He must also have
known that the day of reckoning has come.
He was in obvious pains but no one seemed to
care. Still chanting war songs and egged on by
the enchanted crowd, one of the commanders
of the Bakassi Boys named Okpompi,
addressed the crowd, telling them they were in
the state not for politics but to fight crime.
He handed over the microphone to the now
trembling Derico who, like a coward, began
begging for his life to be spared. He made
feeble attempts at declaring his innocence:
“My name is Oddy, alias Derico, alias Nwa
Mama. I appeal to you the people of Anambra
State, please don’t kill me, I don’t like evil. It
was when I killed Chiejina that people thought I
am a strong guy, you know.
I trust Bakassi Boys. They are strong. Please,
mercy for me. Nobody can identify me as
having robbed him. People just believe that I
am a strong guy.”
He confessed that while he was on the run, he
was sheltered by a member of the National
Assembly in Abuja. He also confessed that he
had two other powerful protectors, one being a
member of the Anambra State House of
Assembly while the other was the chairman of a
local government council.
What was to follow remains one of the most
macabre displays of public executions in
Nigeria. With the speed of a guillotine, a cutlass
handled in the strong arm of one of the Bakassi
Boys flew and came down with an unforgiving
thud, landing on Derico’s slim neck. In a flash,
Derico was beheaded.
His severed head rolled on the floor before the
crowd while his convulsing body collapsed on
the ground, with bright-red blood gushing from
his carotid arteries. It was as if a sacrifice to
the gods had just taken place.
The crowd was satisfied and as far as the
Bakassi Boys were concerned, that was a clear
lesson and message to any criminal bent on
making life miserable for the Anambrarians.
With the lifeless remains of Derico still lying on
the floor, the people erupted in jubilation,
patting one another on the backs and
exchanging mutual congratulations after a
monstrously grotesque show of iron and blood.
That was not the end.
Razor-sharp machetes flew from different
directions and chopped his pitiful remains into
sizable chunks. Derico’s mangled remains were
heaped up, properly rinsed with fuel and set on
Derico Burnt to Ashes

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