Voodoo Rituals and violence. How the Nigerian mafia manages prostitution

By Tiziana Bagnato

6 January 2017

(Translated from Italian using Google translator)

 

We are used to seeing them beat on our roads. Undress even when temperatures touching zero, with a blank expression in his eyes, almost lost. They sell for 30, maximum 50 euro. It is the young Nigerians who crowd the streets of Rossano, Corigliano, Lamezia. Few, however, know the criminal mechanism that manipulates them, the system of violence and suggestions which they are forced into. To draw the line the Black Axe, the Nigerian mafia, which connects the Arcangelo Badolati, in a survey published by the Journal of the South, covers mechanisms and harassment.

Their chains begin well before arriving in Italy when they end up in the hands of the godfathers Black Axe with whom agree to pay travel expenses to get to Italy selling their bodies. Fifty thousand Euros the sum that the Mafia bosses bragging of having to employ to bring them in Italy. Women are entrusted to an intermediary to accompany them through the various African countries, up to Libya and then to Italy, where to receive them find a Madam. She ‘s the deputy female figure to educate them on how to prostitution and to requisition at the end of the day what has been collected to pay off the trip from Nigeria.

To keep the girls under tension and stifle their attempts at rebellion, the Black Axe uses psychological and physical violence. It uses thugs professionals, whose job is to tame the rebels. He comes to threaten to death their remaining relatives in Nigeria and making voodoo rites. A patchwork of violence, retaliation and magic rituals that make few are those who turn to the police.

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Trafficking of Women and the Nigerian Mafia

4 January 2017

(Translated from Italian using Google translator)

 

“Black Axe” – the most powerful and feared Nigerian mafia that has taken root in Europe and controls, in addition to drug trafficking, the commercialization of the bodies of hundreds of girls from the densely populated African state. Girls forced to “beat” in every corner of the continent. Nigeria is a nation rich in oil fields infested by Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram and exploited to the bone by Western oil companies. And it is in the oil fields and natural gas fields that did this criminal organization now also in southern Italy. The “Black Ax” was hit, for the first time, like the mafia association in 2007, the prosecution is of Brescia; then the same thing happened in Turin in 2010, and finally in Palermo in November of the year just ended. The African mafia initiation rites, hierarchies, rules of conspiracy and punitive systems as traditional factions of our thing and ‘Ndrangheta. In the group we enter co-opted and the tasters of followers takes place only after they showed ferocity and courage. In Calabria Nigerians mark their presence by managing prostitution started taking advantage of the flow of migrants. Among the foreigners entering the ports there are, in fact, the girls intended to sell the body along our roads. Often accompanied travel, incognito, by affiliates to the association.
In the northern part of the region, and covering the portion between Cassano, Corigliano and Rossano, “work” about thirty women from the south-east of Nigeria. They are all victims of “trafficking” and follow strict rules imposed by the godfathers of ” Black Axe “.
But how the infernal mechanism of subjection? Every prostitute signs in the city of origin a real contract by which undertakes to give back to the organization 50.000 euro equivalent to the costs incurred to make them make the journey to Italy. The future “Firefly” is then assigned to a guide – called “trolley” – that helps to go through various states (Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast) to reach Libya. From the beaches of Tripolitania she then embarks on rafts intended for relief close to the international waters (and not only) of the military units of “Frontex”. Set foot in the Peninsula, it is then abandoned by the “trolley” and delivered to a “Madam”. It is a woman of the same nationality, made salary from the organization, which instructs on how to behave and that, on a monthly basis, will collect the money destined to pay off the debt by € 50,000. The suffocating control over prostitutes and based on physical and psychological constraints threats. Who does not respect the pact puts at risk the safety of the remaining relatives in the homeland and becomes also the subject of rituals and curses – the result of animist religious culture – destined to lead (these beliefs) to death. A sexual relationship with a Nigerian on the road Statale 106 Ionic coast of Calabria from 30 to 50 Euros, depending on the performance. The victims of trafficking, which generally are between 20 and 30 years, they can free themselves from their condition of substantial slavery collaborating with the police. But this happens very rarely. The Nigerian mafia does not hesitate to punish them severely. The “Black Axe” has cruel “shareholders” which are delegated “dirty” operations: they are called “butcher” and perform the functions of thugs. These are men capable of anything. All ” Black Axe “must in fact an almost obtuse loyalty. And who betrays pays with his life.

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The shadow of Nigerian gangs spreads across Europe

Good! Another country (Switzerland) is becoming aware of the Nigerian Mafia a.k.a. Neo Black Movement a.k.a. Black Axe. The article states that it is still unknown whether or not they are present in Switzerland. Without doubt they will soon find out that NBM does indeed have a zone in Switzerland and they are up to no good – like everywhere else.

 

(translated from French using Google translator)

9 January 2017

A new wave of African prostitutes is accompanied by the appearance of female pimps linked to mysterious criminal organizations. Federal police investigate the phenomenon carefully

New figures have been attracting the attention of the police in Lausanne for a little more than a year: middle-aged Nigerian women, regularly surprised by “turning” around much younger compatriots who are involved in prostitution . “Their behavior is doubtful but we do not have enough to open investigations about them,” says Arnold Poot, responding press of the Cantonese police Vaud. We are content to be attentive to their operations. “Attentive to the case where these women are” mamas “(or” madames “), namely, in common French, pimps.

The number of Nigerian prostitutes has increased rapidly in the capital of the Vaud region, according to the police to 20 or 30 and pose as serious competitors of their Cameroonian colleagues hitherto majority of African women. And it could well be only a beginning in these times of great migrations from the black continent to Europe. Nigerians formed the largest contingent of immigrants this year on the Mediterranean coasts of Italy, with some 38,000 arrivals. And among them, there are more and more women: 1500 in 2014, 5633 in 2015 and some 3600 in the first half of 2016 alone.
Snippets of Confidences

Strange population. Almost all of these Nigerians come from the same place, the State of Edo, a region that nevertheless represents only 2% of the population of the country. And most of them disappear mysteriously from the reception centers where Italy tries to regroup the cohorts of immigrants who land on its shores. They are interrogated when they arrive by the police, but they are then particularly unfriendly. As if they were talking to the devil.

By dint of investigating, police officers, researchers and journalists all the same ended up snatching scraps of confidences. A confession that all tell the same story. A miserable childhood in one of the least developed regions of Nigeria. A family unable to support the needs of too many children. Then a “nice lady” or a “friend” of the father who arrives unexpectedly and proposes to one of the great girls a job of babysitter or waitress in Europe. The dream.
Debt and black magic

The adventure quickly takes an unpleasant turn. The unfortunate woman begins her journey in the hovel of a sorcerer who undresses her and takes from her body hair, pubic hair, nail tips and pieces of skin that she encloses in a small box. The girl was supposed to practice a rite of white magic, intended to guarantee her a good journey: she finds herself in full ceremony of black magic, forced to promise the reimbursement of her travel expenses to the mysterious network that took care of her. Otherwise, the spirits, to whom it has just offered itself, will make it mad or will kill it. And this, wherever it is on the planet.

Then it’s the start. “Some young women fly to Europe,” says Stephan Fuchs, a Swiss Nigerian immigration specialist and founder of Trafficking.ch. But this is a luxury. The overwhelming majority took the dirt road to reach the Mediterranean, before embarking on frail slippers in the direction of Italy. In either case, they travel preferably in groups and are in principle accompanied by a person responsible for taking them to their destination. ”

“The course looks very well,” says Anne Ansermet, co-director of the Association for Support to Victims of Trafficking and Exploitation (Astree), in Lausanne. Young women do not care. Transportation, housing, papers: all the necessary supplies are provided to them as they progress northward. Upon their arrival in Italy, the person who accompanied them dies for a while before recovering them. They are only required to lie to the authorities, claiming to be of age and traveling alone. ”

The work that awaits these girls is very different from what they were promised initially. Obviously, this is prostitution. The least unlucky discover it when they arrive in Europe. The others are already experiencing it during their crossing of Africa. In Libya in particular, where some remain imprisoned for months in brothels. If the least naive had understood from the beginning what use they were made of, no doubt no one imagined the terrible conditions in which they were to be condemned to exercise it.
The “mamas” at the heart of the system

At the heart of these organizations are “mamas”, former prostitutes who “succeeded” and, after paying off their debt, became pimps. They play a pivotal role in the Nigerian slave trade. They are most often the ones who go into debt to bring and maintain girls. And it is they, consequently, who receive the gains and rage against their worst performers. For more efficiency, says Stephan Fuchs, “they form Ladies Clubs which allow them to help each other from Zurich to Palermo, for example by exchanging their young women.”

But the world of prostitution is particularly complex. The “mamas” also collaborate with other networks to carry out their activities. And this, both in the country, to recruit girls or make fake passports, than in Europe, to house, transport and even punish their employees. The Spanish police have slightly raised the veil on this kind of cooperation by stopping last year, during the dismantling of a network of prostitution, several members of a Nigerian fraternity named Supreme Eiye. And the Italian security forces did the same in November by putting under lock and key some twenty members of another secret society, the Black Ax, also active alongside “mamas” in the trafficking of human beings.
And in Switzerland?

Are these organizations also present in Switzerland? Are they helping or even directing “mamas”? It is too early to say. But their appearance on the Old Continent has become a serious subject of discussions within the competent services. “We heard about it for the first time a year or two ago,” says a specialist from the Federal Office of Police (fedpol). In a foreign investigation, we were aware that a pimp would have repaid a debt to members of a fraternity. Nothing of the kind has been found on Swiss territory. But we are attentive to the phenomenon and we have undertaken to study it, in particular by multiplying exchanges with colleagues from other countries through Europol. ”

Nigerian prostitutes under the influence of “juju”

Young women who abandon the pavement are convinced of being pursued by obscure forces. The omerta. This is the word used by European police officers to describe the attitude of Nigerian prostitutes they question about their routes. “Girls” speak virtually nothing, even less than their colleagues from other nationalities, who are also confronted with brutal organizations. It is because of the unfortunately classical fear of being subjected to violence by their pimps, to the equally paralyzing fear of reprisals being struck on their relatives who have remained in the country, there is a third terror, more mysterious to eyes of Westerners: that of black magic.

Nigerian prostitutes have been bathed since their earliest childhood in the animist religion. A religion which presupposes the existence of a wide range of minds, some beneficent, which are evoked to attract luck or healing, others bad, which are mobilized to impose obligations and punish those who escape from it. When the candidates at the start are put in the presence of a sorcerer who takes parts of their bodies, hair or nails, and carefully arranges them on his altar, they are convinced that they have placed themselves under the power of dark forces and To incur the worst punishments if they betray those who led them there.

Educators and other social workers who struggle in Europe against the Nigerian trafficking are desperate. Even when they have managed to put the unfortunate people to safety, they feel anxious … and not only for their families. Many of them are so convinced that it will happen to them that they develop serious psychosomatic disorders. Mangs they attribute not to some interaction between the body and the mind but to the magical power of the ceremony to which they attended, the “juju”.

In southern Italy, where these cases are now numerous, many speakers today consider that the best parade for these anxieties is not to try to reason young women: too little chance of success. It is to engage other sorcerers, even Christian clerics, to practice a counter-rite, in order to interrupt the spell.

Fraternities become criminal

Nigerian organizations such as Black Axe have recently appeared in Europe. But they already have a long history in their country of origin

The “Black Axe”, the “Supreme Eye”: these unusual names are slowly making their way into the lexicon of European police to take place alongside those of “Cosa Nostra”, the Sicilian mafia, or the “Camorra”, its Neapolitan counterpart. But they have been known for decades in their native land, Nigeria, where the entities they designate took various forms before soaking into crime.

These organizations are the result of a particularly tortuous evolution. Their story begins with the creation of a student association, the Pyrates Confraternity, in 1952 at the University of Ibadan. The seven founders – brilliant elements including the future Nobel Prize winner of literature Wole Soyinka – aim to fight against colonialism and defend African culture, while fighting the factors that divide and corrupt in their eyes the Nigerian society , Tribalism in the first place. Secrets and rituals of student fraternities

The Pyrates Confraternity shares with Freemasonry the taste for secrecy and rituals. It is so remarkably successful that the candidates flock: very good students, devoted to the African cause, but also, in the course of time, less good elements, especially interested in the relations that such an association allows to cultivate and, The material benefits that flow from it. Twenty years after its launch, the organization chased from its ranks a handful of adherents guilty of having broken its principles.

This is the beginning of an exuberant proliferation of student fraternities. Far from being discouraged, the excluded from the Pyrates Confraternity take advantage of the circumstances to create a dissent, the Buccaneers Confraternity, to recruitment less elite. In Benin City, in the south, soon appears the Black Axe, which separates soon after Supreme Eiye. Elsewhere the Supreme Vikings Confraterniy, the Klansmen Konfraternity and many others emerge. The medium is transformed. These new groups introduce voodoo practices into their ritual. At the same time, many of them lend a hand to the dictatorship by violently attacking the left-wing opposition on the campuses, before converting, on the return of democracy, into the arms of a myriad of politicians And businessmen.

The fraternities involved receive weapons and protection in exchange for their support. All the levers that the most corrupt of them use now to carry out all kinds of criminal activities within and outside the campus, from robberies to kidnappings, through racketeering and procuring. So many issues that also exacerbate the rivalries between gangs, to the point of provoking many deaths on the spot.

https://www.letemps.ch/monde/2017/01/09/lombre-gangs-nigerians-setend-europe

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Sicily after dark: Where the refugee crisis meets the Mafia

January 05, 2017

Working together, the Cosa Nostra and Nigerian gangs are reshaping the drug and sex trades in one of African refugees’ biggest gateways into Europe. Will the alliance last – or will it erupt in violence? Eric Reguly investigates

y day, the Ballaro market in the ancient heart of Palermo is a riot of colour and noise, a delightful assault on the senses. The Italian merchants lure their customers by singing ditties or simply shouting at them in Sicilian dialect: “Chi su belli stu puma!” – Come see my beautiful apples.

The seemingly endless stalls are piled deep with blood oranges, lemons, chicory and melons; the fish trays are loaded with cuttlefish, octopus, prawns and sea bass. Some of the old Sicilian merchants make chickpea fritters, a local specialty. Ballaro is listed as a must-see in the Sicilian guidebooks and the tourists are all smiles.

By night, Ballaro’s mood changes. The street merchants are gone, their stalls packed up. No tourists are in sight, not one. The streets are full of African men, mostly young Algerians. They sit in bars, hang around on corners or in small shops, which seem to double up as informal living rooms after the sun sets. Absolutely everyone – the police, the state prosecutors, the Sicilians – knows that the Africans are selling illegal drugs, including marijuana, hashish, cocaine and heroin. Some are running prostitutes.

In reality, Ballaro by night is Sicily’s biggest open-air drug supermarket. The refugee crisis has hit Sicily particularly hard and one of its disturbing developments is that some of the Africans who land in Sicily and don’t flee north to Germany or Sweden are staying put and resorting to lives of crime. Some of them simply walk out of refugee camps before their status is determined and legally vanish.

So far, they have been successful not because they are ruthless, but because they are working with the Sicilian Mafia, known as the Cosa Nostra, which has controlled Ballaro and other Palermo areas for decades. “It is impossible to think that the Nigerians who deal drugs in Ballaro do so without the permission of the Sicilian Mafia,” said Leonardo Agueci, the deputy chief prosecutor in Palermo who investigates organized crime.

The question: Will the alliance between the Nigerians and the Mafia last or will it, eventually, erupt in violence if a power struggle between the two groups emerge. “A war could happen, but if it does, we think it’s a long way off,” said an Italian state prosecutor who did not want his name to be used because he does not want to publicize his investigations into Nigerian crime in Sicily.

Francesco Bellina, a Palermo photographer who knows Ballaro inside out, gave me a nighttime walking tour of the area. He has worked as volunteer at a migrants centre called Porco Rosso – Red Pig – for two years, knows many of its residents, including some drug dealers, and has taken thousands of photos of neighbourhood Ballaro life, including the illegal horse races that the Mafia holds on its streets.

Children look after a horse in a Palermo street. Horses are often raised in old empty houses and used for street racing managed by the Mafia.

Mr. Bellina started by showing me a recent photo he took of a 27-year-old Nigerian, Don Emeka, whose forehead and forearms bore deep, ugly scars. The scar on his left forearm was in the shape of an “X” and was done with a machete – the traditional mark inflicted on the victims of the Nigerian Black Axe gang, which has outposts in Palermo, Turin and other cities around the world, including Toronto.

Mr. Emeka was allegedly attacked by a suspected Black Axe member in Palermo named Austin Ewosa – better known as John Bull – who is 32 and was arrested in 2014 for assault, attempted murder and criminal-network association. He is also suspected of having worked with Sicilian Mafia in the Ballaro drug trade.

The prosecutors suspect that Mr. Ewosa attacked Mr. Emeka not because the two men are mortal enemies, but because they had a spat and Mr. Ewosa allegedly delivered the sort of punishment that would make it clear that he was the new African power in Ballaro.

Mr. Ewosa has denied all the charges.

As far as prosecutors are concerned, the attack was more evidence that Nigerian criminal activity is on the rise in Italy as asylum-seekers pour into the country.

During the tour of Ballaro, Mr. Bellina and I kept our voices low and never lingered in one spot. I was obviously an outsider – a big guy who could be mistaken for a cop – and he wanted us to attract as little attention as possible. He pointed out a crack house, a boarded-up apartment building that was, until recently, a flophouse for illegal immigrants, a Nigerian apartment that had been torched by Italians when the Nigerians and the Italians got into fight over excessive noise made by the Italian children, of all things, and two young African women who were obviously prostitutes. “The little one can’t be more than 16 years old,” Mr. Bellina said.

Sicilian police and prosecutors do not know now many Nigerians have settled in Sicily, for the very good reason that many, perhaps most, are not registered. Their best guess is about 2,000. “They are illegal for the most part, which is also why they don’t speak out about crimes,” said the prosecutor who did not want to be named.

What they do know is that many of them, including Mr. Ewosa and other suspected Black Axe gangsters, came through the big Caltanissetta refugee camp in central Sicily. As far back as 2011, well before the height of the refugee crisis, Italian prosecutors were alerted by the Nigerian ambassador in Rome that potential Nigerian criminals were coming into Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

In a letter to prosecutors, he said: “I would like to draw your attention to the new criminal activity of a group of Nigerians belonging to secret societies, forbidden by the government because of violent acts. Unfortunately, former members of these sects were able to get into Italy, where they established criminal organizations.”

The Nigerians are dealing the drugs, but they always abide by the Sicilian Mafia. The Nigerians are doing the dirty work. If they get arrested, the Cosa Nostra doesn’t care.

The Palermo prosecutors do not think that Nigerian crime in Sicily constitutes a crisis – yet. The extent of the Black Axe gang is unknown, though is probably fairly small; the trial of Mr. Ewosa, which is due to wind up in July, should shed some light on the extent of their power.

What is known is that Nigerian drug dealers are taking over the street-level drug trade in Ballarò and that they’re doing it in co-operation with, and the permission of, the Sicilian Mafia.

“Definitely, they have a relationship with the Mafia for illegal activities in Italy,” Mr. Agueci said. “The Nigerians are dealing the drugs, but they always abide by the Sicilian Mafia. The Nigerians are doing the dirty work. If they get arrested, the Cosa Nostra doesn’t care.”

For the Mafia, in other words, the Nigerians are a convenience because the crackdown on the Cosa Nosta in recent years has resulted in hundreds of arrests, from most of the top bosses to the young Mafiosi in training. It was the younger Mafiosi who worked the streets, dealing drugs and engaging in other grubby, though fairly low-level criminal activity. Their role is now being picked up by the Nigerians.

Prosecutors say the Nigerians will buy drugs from the Mafia and resell them for a markup. The Nigerian drug dealers will also pay the Mafia tax – known as the pizzo – to the local Mafia bosses. For each drug dealer, the pizzo costs about €100 a week.

Direct evidence of their association has come from police wiretaps. One, from the John Bull trial, quotes a Mafioso talking to his brother about the Nigerian drug sellers operating in traditional Mafia territory. “Nigerians are respectful,” he says. “They come and wait for me under the house to talk, ask for advice, ask permission. And then these guys are hoarding [drugs].”

The prosecutors say the Mafia does not allow the Nigerian gangs to own weapons beyond knives and machetes – no guns. Any crime against the Mafia itself or Sicilians in general would not be tolerated, the prosecutors say, though the Ewosa case shows that Nigerians will harm other Nigerians.

But the young Mafiosi rarely sold hard drugs such as heroin or ran prostitutes – activities that did not meet the Mafia code of honour. The Nigerian street gangs apparently have no such misgivings. Mr. Bellina has photos of Ballaro dealers offering powdered heroin encased in white plastic capsules.

The symbiotic relationship between the Mafia and the Nigerian gangs seems well developed. It could change if the Black Axe and the Nigerian gangs in general covet more power and more profits. “I would exclude it at the moment because the Mafia is still too strong,” Mr. Agueci said.

The flaw in the argument is that there is no doubt that the Mafia, while still strong compared with the Nigerian gangs, is getting weaker in Sicily – almost all of the powerful old bosses are dead or in prison. Power vacuums tend to get filled.

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Evil Man Beats His Girlfriend to Death, Dumps Her Body Inside Well

January 2, 2017

Homicide detectives at the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, have arrested a suspected cult member, who murdered his girlfriend and dumped her corpse in a well at the Igando area of the Lagos State.

The suspect, Yemi, 27, alleged to be a member of Black Axe, was said to have beaten his girlfriend to death after accusing her of dating a rival cult member in the community.

He raised the alarm, attracting attention of other tenants. An eye witness, who didn’t want his name mentioned, said: “The suspect, after committing the crime, went into his apartment and started hurriedly to pack his belongings.

He wanted to escape. He was caught by residents and handed over to Igando Police Station.”

The remains of the lady was later removed from the well by the officials of the State Fire Fighters and deposited at Igando General Hospital Mortuary.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect had been arrested and transferred to SCID for further investigations of the matter.

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“The Score Is Now 4-4, We Were Killing Each Other Over Women” – Cult Leader Sings After Arrest

24 December 2016

 

Osun State Police Command has arrested notorious cultists in Osogbo and Ilesa, over serial murders between August and November, 2016.

A dreaded cultist and leader of Axe confraternity, Rasaq Mutiu, aka Small Mutiu, who allegedly killed three people in Osogbo and the leader of Eiye Confraternity in Ilesa, Babatunde Oginni akak Bongo, were paraded by the police on Friday.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye told journalists that Mutiu killed a 40-year-old man, Adesina Akinwale at Oke-Oniti area and also killed 21-year-old Adekunle Badmus at Government Technical College Area in Osogbo on 15th of August, 2016.

The CP added that Mutiu also killed another 25-year-old man, Kehinde Adesina at Abaku Area in Osogbo. A 23-year-old  man, Aderemi Adepoju who was attacked by Mutiu at Ayetoro area in Osogbo was still unconscious in the hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Small Mutiu said he killed those individuals mentioned by the CP because they were members of Eiye Confraternity that killed members of his own gang, Axe confraternity.

His words, “We are just on 4-4 now. They dropped (killed) four on our side and we dropped four from their side. It was a battle between my gang, Axe and the Eiye guys. The battle started from our school, Federal Polytechnic, Offa in Kwara State. We were actually fighting over women.”

CP Adeoye said Bongo was arrested for allegedly killing a newspaper agent, Eluyera Saheed, in Ilesha on Monday, December 19.

Bongo confirmed that he is the leader of Eiye Confraternity in Ilesa and that the deceased newspaper agent was also a cultist. He said the late Eluyera was killed by some cultists from Osogbo who did not take orders from him before they struck in Ilesa.

 

 

http://www.maryamwokili.com/2016/12/osun-state-police-command-has-arrested.html


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Police in Delta nab 52 criminal suspects, recover arms and ammunition

December 24, 2016

The Delta Police Command on Saturday, paraded 52 criminal suspects arrested across the state for various crimes, ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and homicide.

The state Police Commissioner Mr Ibrahim Zanna, who paraded the suspects before newsmen in Asaba, said that among the 52 were 17 suspected teenage cultists nabbed in Ibusa for homicide.

He said that 16 suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping, while eight were nabbed for alleged involvement in armed robbery.

“Recently during the Iwu traditional festival in Ibusa, fight reportedly broke out between two cult groups, namely Black Axe and Vickings which led to the murder of one Frank Okolichi and Chijioke Eneaya.

“On Dec. 18th, reprisal attack was carried out on one Okonji Augustine’s house; it was partially set ablaze and properties damaged.

“Detectives swung into action and these 17 suspects were arrested.

“They are currently undergoing interrogation and those indicted in the murder will be charged to court,” Zanna said.

The CP said the suspects had confessed their membership of the two cult groups involved in the mayhem that claimed the lives of the two victims last Saturady in Ibusa town.

He listed items recovered from the suspects to include, mobile phones, sim cards, Indian hemp, charms and a computer laptop.

Zanna said that the police also arrested eight suspected armed robbers and recovered two Toyota Hylander Jeeps, assorted arms and ammunition and N63, 000 cash from them.

He listed the arms and ammunition recovered from the hoodlums to include, a double-barrel gun, two locally-made short guns, 20 live ammunition, 323 live cartridges and eight expended cartridges.

The CP also announced the arrest of Mr Ugochukwu Arinze, a one-man syndicate in Warri, who specialized in adulteration of assorted hot drinks.

He said the suspect was arrested at his makeshift factory at No. 2, Idesoh Str. off Mac-Dermott road, Warri, following a tip-off.

He added that detectives recovered cartons of the adulterated hot drinks.

He said that the case was being investigation and adulterated hot drinks recovered from the suspect had been sent to NAFDAC for laboratory test to determine their safety for consumption or otherwise.

 

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/police-in-delta-nab-52-criminal-suspects-recover-arms-and-ammunition/177583.html

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How We Were Kidnapped and Forcefully Initiated – OOU Student

December 6, 2016

 

The menace of cultism is a major challenge confronting most tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Many promising Nigerian students have been cut  down in their prime as a result of  cult-related activities. Cultism cut across all the tertiary institutions-whether University, Polytechnic or College of Education. For some institutions  and students  that have witnessed the horrors of cultism, their experiences are tales of blood,pains and agony.

In this report, a 200 level students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Aiyetoro campus,Ogun State who pleaded anonymity spoke to our reporter on how he was kidnapped with two friends and forcefully initiated into Black Axe.

”I got admitted into OOU Aiyetoro campus last year, and after few weeks of arriving in school, different guys were coming to me and my friends trying to persuade us to join their cult group. But whenever they come around us, we normally give them money so that they can just go and leave us alone.”

How we were kidnapped

”But on Thursday 17th November 2016, myself and two of my friends had nothing to eat because we had no money. We intended to go out to the bank and withdraw money from ATM but as we were preparing to go, a bus(18 seater) just came behind us around 9pm and some persons forcefully bundled the three of us into the bus. We met some persons that were also picked alongside with us. I was picked with two of my friends. One wasn’t a student of OOU he only came to see us.”

He continued: ” From our house were we were picked around 9pm, we were taken to Lafenwa in Abeokuta and we got there around 10:30pm. Immediately we got to the place, they ordered us to lie face down and stretch our hands forward. I sensed the place was a railway track. We were not allowed to look up but I touched the ground and observed that it was a railway track. The people that kidnapped us started beating us and trampling on us. Before long, some other persons joined them. One of them shot into the air and promised to kill anyone who try to escape.

Later, they ordered us to stand up and start uprooting grasses that night after we had been badly beaten with fan belt, ‘koboko,’and sticks. They were about 70 in number. They stopped us again and  started beating us heavily. In the process, one of us that were being beaten started excreting on the body as he couldn’t bear the torture again.

 

People that were initiated

Different categories of people were initiated.  Some were secondary school students-JSS3 and SS3. Some other persons were students of OOU, and some were indigenes. They said beating us will make us stronger to deal with other rival cult group. Their leader told us to stand up, Six of them stood in opposite direction facing each other with canes in their hand. Some of them wore police uniform. They told us to crawl in between these six persons as they will beat us while we crawl. It was horrible. You must not touch your back or scream. They beat us badly.

Thereafter, they cut our thumb with blade and gave us kola to eat. After doing this, they laid axe on us and gave us names.  We were later allowed to go around 6am on Friday the next morning.” He recounted.

This is one out of so many incidents that usually happen in most tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Sometimes lives of innocent students are lost while being beaten and forcefully initiated.

 

http://www.thecrusaderng.com/how-we-were-kidnapped-and-forcefully-initiated-oou-student/

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Five feared dead in Edo cult clash, several arrested

Alexander Okere, Benin

No fewer than five persons have been reportedly killed, following a renewed cult war between rival groups around Auchi Polytechnic, in Etsako-West Local Government of Edo State.

It was learnt that the victims were killed in different locations during a violent clash between the Black Axe and Viking confraternity.

It was gathered that the incident occurred shortly after the completion of examinations for the 2016 session in the institution last Thursday.

One of the victims was said to have been killed in front of a construction company on the Benin-Auchi-Okene expressway.

Two others were reportedly shot dead behind the School of Engineering of the polytechnic and around Sabo area, respectively.

It was gathered that a disagreement had ensued last Friday between the two groups at the graduation party of an unnamed student.

‎When contacted on Sunday, the Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, confirmed the death of two persons during the clashes between the rival cult groups.

Gwandu, however, disclosed that kingpins from the groups had been arrested and were assisting the police with useful information in their investigation.

http://punchng.com/five-feared-dead-edo-cult-clash-several-arrested/

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NBM Restates Mission for Free Society, Offers Free Legal Services to Prisoners

New NBM leadership – same lies and same general bullshit. So the Nigerian Mafia found another corrupt newspaper to publish their garbage propaganda. The Neo Black Movement a.k.a. Black Axe a.k.a. the Nigerian Mafia will continue to publish this same garbage until the last one of them is arrested for fraud, rape, forced prostitution, mafia operations, drug trade, cult wars, and every crime under the sun. So here they go again laundering their image and claiming to be a charity. Rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat.

The Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM) has vowed that it will maintain its fundamental objectives and principles, and strive to eradicate all forms of oppression, intimidation, corruption, injustice, neo-colonialism among other vices from the society.

The group also stated that one of its objectives is to protect inmates in Nigerian Prison especially those awaiting trial.

 According to NBM, “The Nigerian criminal justice system is such that in a prison of 2,000 inmates, only about 300 would be convicted. This is totally unacceptable as it is a clear case of injustice. We all know that justice delayed is justice denied.”

With the above vows, the NBM yesterday in Lagos restated its mission to enthrone an egalitarian society where everybody gets his or her fair deal.

The group’s President worldwide, Chief Felix Kupa, who gave the pledge during a visit to Ikoyi Prisons in Lagos where his association gave free legal services to inmates, added: “The NBM of Africa has resolved to channel its humanitarian services in this direction. My team and I are here today with a view to contributing our own quota towards resolving this problem.” He dispelled stereotypes connecting the association to cultism and related vices, stressing that the movement was lawful and abhors criminality.

“NBM is not synonymous with Black Axe or any secret cult or organisation. We are aware that some imposters and miscreants use the name of our organisation to seek asylum abroad under the pretense that they are being hunted by NBM. It is unfortunate that the authorities do not investigate these claims before such disgruntled elements are granted asylum,” he clarified. Kupa threatened legal action against any individual or organisation that tries to tarnish the group’s reputation by way of deeds or actions.

The National Legal Adviser, Chief Hope Aliu, observed that the event was a clear case of advocacy for the less privileged in the society.

He painted a sordid situation in the nation’s prison system where the legal practitioner held that awaiting trial prisoners account for 80 per cent of inmates nationwide.

“At my last visit to Ikoyi Prison, the total number of inmates were 2,362 out of which only 313 were convicted. That means 2,049 are awaiting trial,” he summarised.

The movement picked special interest in 17 year-old mechanic from Niger State, Abdul Saliu, who is being held in custody wrongly owing to lack of legal representation.

The officer in charge of the Ikoyi Prison, Julius Ezugwu, a Deputy Comptroller of Prison (DCP), while thanking the association for the gesture, reeled out the challenges confronting his establishment and pleaded for more assistance from other public-spirited individuals and organisations.

In his goodwill message, the immediate past president worldwide of the movement, Hon. Bemigho Eyeoyibo, commended the present team for not only consolidating the gains made over the years but for also adding a fresh fillip through visitations to prisons and camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs)

Highlight of the event was a tour of the facility led by the DCP where the association saw for itself the true state of things and subsequently pledged to do more for the organisation.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/11/17/nbm-restates-mission-for-free-society-offers-free-legal-services-to-prisoners-2/

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