Four best friends left their Nigerian university campus for a nearby village to collect a debt but none of them knew that they were actually heading towards their brutal death!
Ugonna Obuzor, Chiadika Biringa, Lloyd Toku, and Tekena Elkanah were first followed through the streets by some violent law breakers who took off their clothes and beat them until they were nearly unconscious.
Later, concrete slabs were dropped on their heads and car tyres filled with petrol were wrapped around their necks and were then ablazed. This brutal practice is known as ‘necklacing’ in which petrol-filled tyres are wrapped around victim's neck and are then set on fire!
This dreadful and torturous episode of violence was also filmed on a mobile phone and later uploaded to YouTube.
These four boys were roommates at the University of Port Harcourt, in Chuba, Nigeria.
According to Biringa's mother, Chinewe, Obuzor had asked his friends to accompany him to the nearby village of Aluu because somebody there owed him money.
It is still unclear what actually happened in the village but it has been claimed that Obuzor's debtor spread rumors that they were in the village to steal laptops and mobile phones.
'I want the world to know how our security failed us. I want the world to know that my son and his three friends are innocent of what they said they did,' Mrs Biringa told CNN.
According to reports the village had been shaken by a series of recent armed robberies and villagers were on high alert and this latest incident has sent shockwaves throughout Nigeria and the world.