Marvel Akpoyibo Wahala

More displeasure articulated in the form of a blanket of capitalization = more displeasure of the founding fathers.

In this instance Nicholas Idemudia relaying the wahala for founding father (and former Lagos Police Chief) Marvel Akpoyibo who he quotes as saying “the NBM is now an evil organisation”. Founding Father Uche Almona also quoted as saying “the NBM had now been hijacked by evil forces”. Several other of the FF’s also sharing this opinion according to Nicholas Idemudia.

Below Nicholas is responding to another Axeman’s inquiry into whether Marvel Akpyibo had ever been a member of the Pyrates. Something NAS also officially responded to on their site.

YES THE WHOLE MATTER WAS QUITE UNFORTUNATE. FF MARVEL AKPOYIBO HAD BEEN GOING THROUGH SOME VERY SERIOUS SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS FOR SOME TIME BEFORE HE WENT TO THE CHURCH FOR SOME FORM OF CLEANSING. THOUGH I HAD NOT HEARD FROM HIM FOR OVER A DECADE HE DID INTIMATE ME ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS AT THE TIME. IT WOULD APPEAR THAT HE BOUGHT INTO THE BELIEF THAT FETISH OR JUJU WAS NEEDFUL IN ORDER TO PERFORM WELL AS A POLICE OFFICER ONLY TO SUFFER FROM SOME UNFORSEEN BACKLASH. I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH MISUNDERSTOOD WHAT MR AKPOYIBO WAS TRYING TO SAY. MR AKPOYIBO TOLD ME THAT HE BELIEVES, THE NEO-BLACK MOVEMENT HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY SOME EVIL PEOPLE. HE CITED THE INVOLVEMENT OF VERY MANY OF THE MEMBERS IN SUNDRY CRIME. HE MENTIONED SEVERAL CASES BROUGHT BEFORE HIM, IN WHICH MEN CLAIMING TO BE MEMBERS OF THE MOVEMENT HAD BEEN INVOLVED. HE BELIEVED THAT THE NEO-BLACK MOVEMENT WAS NOW AN EVIL ORGANISATION AND ADVICED ME TO HAVE NOTHING MORE TO DO WITH THE ORGANISATION. I TRIED TO REASON WITH HIM TO JOIN ME IN HELPING TO BRING SANITY TO BEAR ON THE ORGANISATION. HE REFUSED, TELLING ME TO INFORM ALL AXE-MEN TO REPENT AND GIVE THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST. IT WAS MY HOPE THAT WITH MORE POSITIVE NEWS COMING FROM THE MOVEMENT HE MIGHT CHANGE HIS MIND, BUT MORE AND MORE BAD NEWS KEPT BEING REPORTED ONLY CONFIRMING HIS POSITION. UCHE ALMONA IS ANOTHER FF WHO BELIEVES THE NBM HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY EVIL FORCES. THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM, HE ASKED ME IF WE EVER COMMITTED ARMED ROBBERY AS MEMBERS AND I HAD TO ANSWER THAT WE NEVER COMMITTED ANY CRIMES. HE TOLD ME HE COULD NOT ASSOCIATE HIMSELF WITH CRIMINALS. THE SAME VIEW WAS EXPRESSED BY LORDS IBN YASHN AND MONA LISA, THAT THEY COULD NOT CONTINUE TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE MOVEMENT IN ITS PRESENT FORM.PROFESSOR FRANK EXPRESSED THE SAME VIEW AND NO LONGER COMMUNICATES WITH ME. EVEN FORMER NH ZEMBULU A PERFECT GENTLE MAN, ALSO EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCES WITH SOME MEMBERS. MANY OF THE VERY OLD BLACK LORDS ARE SIMPLY IN THEIR HOUSES WAITING FOR THE BOTTOM TO FINALLY FALL OUT, GOING BY ALL THE BAD NEWS BEING REPORTED. A WEBSITE NAJUJU HAS BEEN REPORTING ON THE NBM FOR SOMETIME WITH IN HOUSE DOCUMENTS INCLUDING LIST OF TEMPLES, MINUTES OF MEETINGS HELD IN EUROPE, COPIES OF MY SPEECHES AND EVEN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NBM. MANY OF THE ANCIENTS FROM FUTA-JALLON ARE SILENT, BECAUSE THEY SUSPECT THE MOVEMENT HAS SINCE BEEN INFILTRATED BY MANY SPIES FROM VARIOUS QUARTERS INCLUDING THE SECURITY AGENCIES. UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES THE BEST THING IS TO KEEP SILENT. IF YOU ADD THE ACTIVITIES OF SPONSORED AGENTS, SECURITY PLANTS, SUNDRY CRIMINALS THEN YOU CAN UNDERSTAND MR AKPOYIBOS POSITION. FOR ME I HAVE COME TO FAR TO TURN BACK NOW AND I AWAIT MY FATE WITH EQUANIMITY. I HAVE BEEN AN AXE-MAN SINCE 1977 AND I INTEND TO REMAIN ONE TILL MY DYING DAY. AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE NEED THE NEO-BLACK MOVEMENT AND IT IS MY BELIEF THAT IT WAS GOD IN HIS MERCY THAT BEQUEATHED THE NEO-BLACK MOVEMENT TO THE WORLD TO USHER IN THE FINAL AND TOTAL REDEMPTION OF THE BLACK PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. AS A BLACKMAN, ICANNOT RENOUNCE THE CALL TO DO MY WIDOWS MITE IN THE SERVICE OF HUMANITY. NOW TO YOUR SPECIFIC QUESTION MR MARVEL AKPOYIBO WAS NEVER A PYRATE.

Lord Mona Lisa’s Displeasure

Lord Mona Lisa whose real name is: Tony Azuka Ejiofor here voicing his displeasure at what the organisation has become.

Tony Ejiofor was initiated into the NBM in 1978 at Uniben (FJ1) and was Chairman of the Council of Elders FJ1 for the years 1980/81. Now residing in USA.

AYE AXEMEN!

I SENT A POSTING EARLIER ON THIS MATTER IN MY RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL EYES CIRCULAR FOR PRECONVENTION MEETING OF THE NCOE IN BENIN SCHEDULED FOR THE 2ND OF FEBRUARY. UNFORTUNATELY MY POSTING VANISHED ON OUR SITE AND WAS OF NO USE TO THE NCOE NOR TO AXEMEN THAT WOULD HAVE REFLECTED ON IT.I WAS PAINED YET THE URGE TO BRING UP THE MATTER CONTINUES TO HAUNT ME.

TO SAY THAT I AM WEARY OF NBM IS TO LIE BECAUSE THE SPIRIT IS OVERFLOWING IN ME. I GUESS IT IS OUR COMMON EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER I WORRY FOR THE SERIOUS ETHICAL DEPARTURE FROM THE NBM I KNOW AND WAS INNITIATED INTO BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS. I STILL REMEMBER THAT OUR FIRST HEAD LORD WAZIRI PLACED THE AXE ON MY HEAD AS I TOOK MY OATH OF MEMBERSHIP. FF IBN GODIDI REMEMBERS IT ALL.


AS OUR FOUDING FATHERS LEFT FJ WE PLEDGED TO MAINTAIN NOT ONLY THE OBJECTIVES AND PHYLOSOPHY OF NBM BUT TO MAINTAIN THE ETHICAL PLATFORM NECESSARY FOR THE SUCCESS OF OUR BELOVED MOVEMENT.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THESE ETHICAL COMMITMENTS. FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY I WILL ITEMISE THEM.

1-SECRECY

2-THE LAW OF SILENCE-NON TALKATIVE ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC

3- RESPECT FOR THE HEAD, OTHER LEADERS AND SENIORS

4- HARD WORK

5-LOVE OF ONE ANOTHER

6-THE SACREDNESS OF CONVENANT

7-TABOO OF PROVACATIVE URTERANCES DURING IT AND AGAINST A BROTHER

8 -NON VIOLENCE EXCEPT IN SELF DEFENCE AFTER DUE DELIBERATION IN AN ORDINARY OR EMMERGENCY IT.

9-THE TABOO OF BETRAYAL OR TREACHERY

10- READINESS TO CARRY OUT AN INFORMED OR IMPROMTU ORDER

11-LEADERSHIP ACCOUTABILITY ETC.

THE SACRED MAINTAINACE OF THESE ETHICAL VALUES PROTECTED US FROM PUBLIC RIDICLE AND DISDAIN. WE WERE THUS ABLE TO CONTROL THE STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT AT APEX LEVELS FOR YEARS. TO HAVE BEHAVED OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE PUT US IN THE MOULD OF SUCH CONFRATERNITIES AS THE PYRATES, BUCCANEERS AND MAPHITES THAT WERE SHARE NIGHTMARES TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.

WHEN IBN YASIN, I AND OTHERS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE FRONTIERS OF NBM BEYOND FJ FIRST TO ETHIOPE, UDI AND INIKPI DRAGON IN THAT ORDER WE DID NOT FAIL TO COMMUNICATE TO THEM THE OVERT AND COVERT ACTIVITIES OF THE MOVEMENT INCLUDING THE INVIOLABLE ETHICAL STANDARDS AS HANDED OVER TO US.

I MUST SAY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY TOO THAT I AND MANY OF MY COMPATRIOTS FIND A SERIOUS DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE AND WHAT IT IS NOW. THE RESULT IS SOCIETAL APPREHENSION AND DISDAIN OF WHAT WAS ASSEMBLED SOME 30 YEARS AGO TO BE A MODEL FOR THE BLACK RACE.

I HAVE READ THE POSTINGS OF SOME LORDS SAYING THAT THEY MET AXEMEN WHO BLUNTLY TOLD THEM THAT THEY WERE AFRAID TO OPENLY IDENTIFY WITH NBM WHICH THE JUS CALL BLACK AXE.THERE ARE MANY WHO FEAR FOR THEIR POSITIONS IN LIFE TO BE OPENLY IDENTIFIED WITH NBM. THIS MIGHT SECRETLY BE YOUR CONCERN TOO EVEN AS YOU LOVE THE MOVEMENT FROM YOUR HEART.

IF WE MUST REACH OUT TO THE OPPRESSED AND THE LESS PRIVILEDGED IN THE BLACK WORLD WE WOULD CERTAILY NEED FINANCIAL AND MORAL SUPPORT FROM PERSONS ,GOVERNMENTS, INTERANATIONAL AGENCIES ETC, BUT THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN WE CAN DEMONSTRATE INTEGRITY.

I HAVE MET WITH AXEMEN-LORDS AND TEMPLE AXEMEN – WHO UNDERSTAND NBM ONLY IN THE AMBIEN OF PUBLIC TOUGHNESS AND TREPIDATION. MY EFFORT TO EXPLAIN TO THE CONTARY USUALLY MEETS WITH INDIFFERENCE. I BEAR WITH THEM REALISING THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN UNFORTUNATE DISCONNECT IN ORIENTATION. NO WONDER AGBEROS AND OTHER DREGS OF SOCIETY FIND NBM WHICH THEY CALL BLACK AXE A SAFE HAVEN,

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE BURNING OF OUR SECRETARIAT IN BENIN BY AXEMEN. OR THE MAIMING AND KILLING OF YOUTHS IN THE NAME OF INNI.THE ESSENCE OF FOOTBALL AND INNI IS TO TEST THE JUS INTELLECTUAL ABILITY, PHYSICAL AND MORAL STRENGTH. I HAVE LOST A COUSIN IN THIS PROCESS OF THE NOW.

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE LACK OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY BY LEADERS THAT OUGHT TO BE CUSTODIANS OF OUR TRADITION. HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE USE OF AXEMEN AS THUGS BY POLITICIANS. HOW DO WE EXPLAIN OUR INABILITY TO BE KEY PLAYERS IN THE POLITICS AND ECONOMY OF OUR COUNTRY.

I AM ENCOURAGED BY THE MATURITY AND CONCERN I SEE SOME AXEMEN MANIFEST ON OUR OFFICIAL WEB BUT UNTIL THE TRUTH IS TOLD UHURU MAY BE VERY FAR. SOME PEOPLE TELL ME THAT SINCE THE ZONES AND NATIONAL DRAMATIS PERSONAE SEEM NOT TO LIVE UP TO EXPECTATION THAT THE ONLY HOPE IS IN THE TEMPLES. I LAUGH BECAUSE THEY SEE US AS MODELS. THEY COULD BE WORSE MY BROTHERS FOR NO FAULT OF THEIRS.

AS WE GO TO SOUTH AFRICA I WONDER THE KIND OF NATIONAL SECURITY ARRANGEMENT THAT IS ON GROUND FOR AN ORGANISATION THEY HEAR TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT IN NIGERIA, ITALY AND AUSTRIA. YANKEE WILL EXERCISE A LOT OF CAUTION,

WHEREVER THIS CONVENTION WILL HOLD LET US REFLECT OVER THIS MATTER WITH A VIEW TO BEING REALISTIC.

AYEAXEMEN!
MONA LISA I
FJ78
USA

Manchester Zone – First Officers of the Manchester Mafia.

Created initially as a ‘sub-zone’ to the London Zone in 2008 the Manchester Zone very quickly became a full zone in it’s own right (later the same year).

Here are the holders of office in that first administration:

The executive council of London sub zone Manchester.

Head– Jew name: Uyi Armani, Strong Name: Harare mugabe, Year of blending: Ipkitan 1998.

Chief Priest: Jew name: Oseki  Nosa, Strong name: Are ona kankanfo, Year of blending: FJ2 2002.

Chairman of council of elders: Jew name: Emma Ighedo, Strong Name: Jomo Kenyatta, Year of blending: FJ1 94.

Elders:

1) Jew name: Clem Aboh, Strong name: Lamizana, Year of blending: FJ1 95

2) Jew name, Marcus Nwose, Strong name: Marthin Luther King Jr, Year of blending:        Limpopo 85.

3) Aimuan Ekhaguosa, Strong name: Komo Karume, Year of blending FJ1 96

4) Jew name: Dave Dauda, Strong name: Yasser Arafat, Year of blending: KB 93

5) Jew name: IK Omoruyi, Strong name: Muta Baruka, Year of blending: Kalakuta 2002.

6) Jew name: Nath Okwueki, Strong name: Malcolm X, Year of blending: Kanta Ethiopia 94

7) Jew Name; Osagie Akinlele, Strong name; Ibn Sankara, Year of blending: UDI 92

8) Jew Name: Jay Jay, Strong name: Jesse Jackson, Year of blending: Kiriji 96

Ihaza: Jew name: Chuka Charles, Strong name: Titi Camara, Year of blending: Soweto 99.

Chief Buthcher: Jew name: Efosa  james, Strong name: Usman Danfodio, Year of blending: FJ2 2002

Butcher: Jew name: Sunny Egbon, Strong name: Jaja Opobo, Year of blending: FJ2 2003

Eye: Jew Name: Peter Eghosa, Strong name: Ibn walata, Year of blending: Ikogosi 2003.

Crier: Jew name: Kelvin White, Strong Name Jesse Makoko, Year of blending: Ikpitan 2001

Lanre Olaiya and his African Hero in Guantanamo Bay

The London Zone’s (former Butcher 2) Lanre Olaiya was initiated into the NBM/Black Axe at Odo Eje High Temple (Ekiti State University) in 2001. At that moment in 2001 he relinquished his inferior “ju name” and took on the his ‘Strong Name’. The ‘Strong Name’ been one that is used to add an extra degree of secrecy and anonymity to their communications.

The ‘Strong Name’ is the name of an “African Hero”.

Some such as Nelson Mendela are not in dispute by many. A true hero of humanity who would probably turn in his grave if he knew the NBM had hijacked his name for their own shady usage.

So does Lanre Olaiya feel a surge of inspiration when fellow members address him? In his case he’s neither Lord Mandela or Lord Martin Luther King… He is instead addressed as: Lord Mohammed Bani.

Born in Sudan in 1962 Mohammed Bani’s resume sounds like he’d have been quite an home in the NBM. In Afghanistan he worked for an NGO collecting money for orphans. An NGO the USA’s DoD state he “probably assisted diverting NGO funds intended for orphans to Al-Qaida”.

Further describing him as having “a long history of working for NGOs associated in support of terrorism”.

Mohammed Bani worked for the Afghan Support Committee (ASC) later designated as a “global terrorist group” operating 18 orphanages both recruiting centers and also as fronts for terror financing.

One of his key roles been to lie about the number of orphans present at any such institution in order to raise extra funds.

The ASC’s finance chief was: Abu Bakr Al Jaziri. Also holding the role of ‘Head of organised fundraising’ for Usama Bin Laden.

Later Mohammed Bani worked for the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS). Also designated as a “global terrorist group”. Designated in the US as a “Counter-terrorism Tier One NGO… defined as those having demonstrated sustained support for terrorist organisations willing to atatck US persons or interests”.

RIHS also operated orphanages where the operators intent was to inflate the figures of orphans present to divert to surplus money for terrorist groups.

Mohammed Bani was classified as a MEDIUM level threat to the USA and her allies and resided at Guantanamo Bay from 2004 till 2007 when he was transferred into Sudanese custody.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/guantanamo/detainees/710-salim-mahmoud-adem-mohammed-bani-amir

Barr. Cosmas Henry Atabor & Kogi State of Cultists

Former NBM ‘National OC legal’ (the organisation’s head legal advisor/lawyer) and former co-conspirator with Bemigho on several 419 fraud enterprises has moved on to better things.

Once accused by Bemigho as been the “faceless coward Uche Tobias” today finds himself as: The Chairman, Kogi State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Legal Matters and Protocol.

Oga, I just got this forwarded email and rejoinder from you.
I hope the rejoined message is not for me.
Sadly and most annoyingly the said ‘Uche Tobias’ is destroying the integrity and cause of an association I love and gave a whole lot of my time, energy and money for. Initially I thought the madness will blow over but sadly it hasn’t.
Some persons have called me to either accuse me of being the said person or to ask me to be careful as there are plans afoot by persons who I believe cannot see beyond their noses to rope me in as this madman as as a means to destroy me and the legacies I have left worked and hard to imprint in the association.
I am not UCHE TOBIAS. I am too much of a focused man to descend so low as to act in this narcissistically wanton manner. For the better part of 2014 to date I have concentrated on pursuing my political dream and have not even had time for my legal practice let alone such childish and incoherent foolhardiness.
We have met a couple of times. I pray the impression you had upon meeting me those times helps you in realising that I am not the said person and CANNOT be so dumb. Them no dey throway pickin with water and bath wer them use naff am.
I unfortunately had an ego clash with Bermuda. Yes. Bermuda is not NBM and so his immature and or unrealistic view of our ‘personal’ issue cannot be a catalyst for me to become unreasonable and insane.
I urge you to please look at the issue without sentiment and aid me in ensuring that our IT experts trace and isolate the point from which this madman is operating.
My regards to your family. Remain blessed.
Barr. Cosmas Henry Atabor (FCAI)

Source: http://kogireports.com/cosmas-atabor-inaugurates-house-standing-committee-calls-for-collaboration/

The Chairman, Kogi State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Legal Matters and Protocol, Hon. (Barr.) Cosmas Henry Atabor (APC/Igalamela-Odolu) has inaugurated the standing committee at the Kogi State House of Assembly Complex, Lokoja. In his address, the legislator stated that “justice is not all and only about enforcement of our legislation and practices of our legal systems, it is also about the determination of our rights, be they civil or human. “Justice is also about the principle of equity which determines the quality of fairness in both our public and private affairs. “This Committee is the conscience of the Kogi State House of Assembly not only in overseeing the executive and judicial policies, programmes and activities but also in giving the right guidance in and with conformity to our judicial principles underlying the formulation, execution and interpretation of our jurisprudence. “Our advisory responsibilities would not be possible without the support of our critical stakeholders, our invited guests. I, therefore, have you all, with humility, to rely on.” In his remark, a former member of the Assembly and Chairman of the Committee, Barr. Henry Ekundayo Ojuola emphasised that “an assembly without a single lawyer is lifeless. I graciously thank the people of Igalamela/Odolu constituency for voting Hon. (Barr) Cosmas who has given life to the seventh Assembly. He called on the people of Igalamela/Odolu state constituency to continue to support their lawmaker in order to attract developmental gains to the constituency. Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Hauwa Yusuf expressed delight that “the ministry has a square peg in a square hole to work with in the assembly and the standing committee”.

She assured the committee of the cooperation of the ministry in order to aid the committee in achieving its objectives. The inauguration was attended by representatives of the State Ministry of Justice, the State Judiciary, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, the representatives of the Judicial Service Commission, High Court of Justice, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal. Others include the representatives of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, representatives of the Bar and Private Legal Practitioners, the Kogi state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, Non-Governmental Organisations, the Civil Societies and Human Organisations, as well as the former member of the House and Chairman of the Committee, Barr. Henry Ekundayo Ojuola who represented the past leadership of the Committee. In a related development, Bar. Cosmas Atabor was congratulated by his professional colleagues as well as fellow legislators on the successes he has recorded so far at the election petitions tribunal. It will be recalled that on the 1st of August, 2019, all the witness for Friday Abdul Sani were certified by the election tribunal as unfit and thereafter struck out. Thereafter, on the 8th of August, 2019, the application by counsel to Friday Abdul Sani for leave to file new witness statements on oath was refused by the tribunal and matter adjourned till the next day for the only witness of the petitioner being Friday Sani to appear to adopt his witness statement on oath; after which the case was finally struck out completely.


2020 Trafficking in Persons Report: Italy

“Trafficking networks and gangs continued to grow more sophisticated, organized, and violent, particularly Nigerian gangs linked to the Black Axe, Supreme Viking Confraternity, and the Eiye syndicate”

Source: https://www.state.gov/reports/2020-trafficking-in-persons-report/italy/

ITALY: Tier 2

The Government of Italy does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Italy remained on Tier 2. These efforts included identifying and assisting more victims, increased funding for victim care and training for law enforcement, and cooperation with and assistance to international law enforcement to address transnational trafficking crimes. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government reported fewer trafficking investigations, prosecutions, and convictions compared to the prior reporting period and did not report sentencing data. The government remained without a national action plan and did not consistently implement its national victim identification and referral mechanism.

PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS:

Vigorously investigate and prosecute trafficking cases and convict and sentence traffickers with adequate sentences. • Increase proactive victim identification by improving and consistently implementing the national identification referral mechanism across the country, including for vulnerable children. • Consistently assess trafficking risks and provide legal protections to all potential victims prior to any forced returns or expulsions, including where such persons have entered Italian territorial waters, and during operations assisted by the Italian government in Libyan search and rescue areas. • Continue to increase migrant worker protections by consistently enforcing strong regulations and oversight of labor recruitment agencies and labor brokers, including investigating and prosecuting labor traffickers. • Implement license control and accreditation process for massage parlors, labor brokers, and labor recruitment agencies. • Continue to increase international cooperation with source and transit countries, especially Nigeria, Tunisia, and Libya, on information sharing and countering trafficking rings. • Improve security standards in and around reception centers to limit contact between traffickers and victims or potential victims. • Intensify efforts to effectively screen for labor trafficking victims through increased inspections and improved training of labor inspectors to spot trafficking indicators and refer victim for services. • Strengthen international law enforcement cooperation to prevent and investigate child sex tourism. • Consolidate data among different ministries, and make public a database on investigations, prosecutions, and convictions, including sentencing data.

PROSECUTION

The government made mixed law enforcement efforts. The 2003 Measures Against Trafficking in Persons law criminalized sex trafficking and labor trafficking and prescribed penalties of eight to 20 years’ imprisonment, which were sufficiently stringent and, with respect to sex trafficking, commensurate with penalties prescribed for other serious offenses, such as rape. Article 600 of the penal code criminalized placing or holding a person in slavery or servitude and prescribed the same penalties. In 2019, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) reported investigating 135 persons for trafficking, a decrease compared to 314 in 2018 and 482 in 2017, reported from both the MOI and Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The MOI also reported investigating and arresting 117 persons under Article 600 for slavery, compared to 417 in 2018 and 513 in 2017, as reported by the MOJ. In one notable case in April 2019, the police arrested 11 suspected traffickers for the sex trafficking of Nigerian women through debt-based coercion; the suspected traffickers fraudulently entered migration centers to procure women who had incurred debts for their journey to Europe. Although only partial data was available from the MOJ, the government reported prosecuting 80 suspects under the trafficking law in 2019, a decrease compared to 139 in 2018. The government also reported prosecuting 122 suspects under Article 600 and Article 602 in 2019 and 122 suspects in 2018. In 2019, though only partial data was available from trial courts, the government reported convicting 42 traffickers under the trafficking law, compared to 46 in 2018 from both trial and appellate courts. Trial courts also reported convicting 48 traffickers under Article 600 and Article 602 in 2019, compared to 95 convictions in 2018 from both trial and appellate courts. While the government did not report sentencing data, the media reported one notable case in December 2019, where the courts convicted a Romanian trafficker for multiple crimes, including trafficking in human beings, and sentenced the trafficker to 20 years’ imprisonment.

The government did not maintain a consolidated database on investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and sentencing of traffickers, or of their victims, a deficiency noted by GRETA. Specialized anti-mafia units of prosecutors and judiciary police handled trafficking prosecutions. Whenever investigators found clear evidence of trafficking, they referred the case to an anti-mafia unit, which relaunched the investigation and consequently extended the timeframe for prosecution and trial. To avoid this delay, non-specialized investigators and prosecutors sometimes charged perpetrators with crimes other than trafficking. Anti-mafia units continued to prioritize investigations of criminal networks over individual cases, citing limits on available resources. Lack of a sufficient number of interpreters, especially for West African dialects, continued to impede law enforcement arrests and investigations, as well as diminish the benefits of investigators’ wiretapping capability. NGOs cited continued challenges in adapting to changing dynamics and methods of traffickers and noted improved coordination on anti-trafficking strategies between national government ministries, international organizations, and ground-level NGOs, as well as increased cooperation by local police and prosecutors. During the reporting period, high-level officials met with representatives from Niger, Tunisia, and Ivory Coast, but Italian prosecutors and police continued to cite insufficient cooperation in investigations from officials in source and transit countries; with many cases being transnational, this hindered prosecutions and convictions.

Compared with no data reported in 2018, law enforcement training increased. Law enforcement agencies received training on victim identification and investigation of trafficking crimes within their standard curriculum. In 2019, the police conducted six training programs for 193 border police officers and 17 training programs for 510 other police officers on victim identification and protection. The police academy organized anti-trafficking trainings for 60 of its agents, and in collaboration with two international organizations, the MOI provided anti-trafficking training for an unknown number of police and members of asylum review committees. In 2019, the government provided funding to an international organization for an anti-trafficking project in Nigeria that focused on improving international judicial cooperation between Italy and Nigeria. The government reported increasing coordination with Nigerian law enforcement by establishing a working group focused on Nigerian organized crime to facilitate the collection and dissemination of trafficking information between prosecutors, police, international organizations, and NGOs. For the first time, prosecutors received testimonies from members of Nigerian organized crime networks, which was critical in dismantling the networks. Trafficking networks and gangs continued to grow more sophisticated, organized, and violent, particularly Nigerian gangs linked to the Black Axe, Supreme Viking Confraternity, and the Eiye syndicate. A two-year program based in Egypt that trained law enforcement officials from 22 African countries on immigration and border control, including combating human trafficking, continued during the reporting period. There were no investigations or prosecutions of government employees complicit in trafficking offenses.

PROTECTION

The government increased protection efforts, but proactive victim identification remained a challenge, and government policies significantly limiting the availability of humanitarian protections for certain asylum-seekers remained in force. The government increased trafficking victim identification during the reporting period by identifying 657 new victims in 2019, compared to 597 in 2018. The Department of Equal Opportunity (DEO), which coordinates protection efforts, reported government-supported NGOs assisted 1,877 trafficking victims in 2019, also an increase compared to 1,373 victims assisted in 2018. Of all the new trafficking victims NGOs assisted, 50 percent were victims of sex trafficking or exploitation, 11 percent victims of labor trafficking or exploitation, and the remainder were potential victims of unidentified forms of exploitation. Seventy-two percent of victims identified in 2019 were Nigerian, four percent were Romanian, and three percent were Ivorian. Of victims referred to assistance programs, 83 percent were female, 16 percent male, one percent transgender, and three percent were children. The government did not report identifying any Italian national victims or children. Several entities referred victims to care, including migration centers and a committee on asylum requests, which referred 10 and 25 percent, respectively, of victims. Regional committees utilized national guidelines for asylum-seekers to adjudicate asylum applications to identify trafficking victims among applicants. However, while the government had a formal referral mechanism, it was unevenly implemented during the reporting period. NGOs and the DEO recognized inconsistencies in the efficiency and effectiveness of the current referral process between regions and found that quality standards were lower in the south. During the reporting period, at least six local MOI offices and six local asylum committees signed an agreement with local NGOs to help improve victim identification and assistance. NGOs reported that gaps in authorities’ proactive victim identification efforts persisted during the reporting period. To reduce the flow of refugees and migrants from Libya, Italy continued training operations with and assistance to the Libyan Coast Guard, as did other EU member states. However, many NGOs criticized this coordinated effort because it often resulted in the occupants of vessels rescued in the Libyan search and rescue area being brought back to Libyan shores; NGOs cited severe security and human rights conditions inside Libya and Libyan detention centers and a heightened risk of trafficking for migrants forced to remain in Libya. During the reporting period, the government continued to delay NGO humanitarian ships carrying refugees and migrants from Libyan search and rescue waters from docking at Italian ports, pending relocation agreements with other EU member states. The government funded four voluntary repatriation programs to source countries and provided support for similar repatriations by international organizations from Libya.

NGOs coordinated with law enforcement and immigration officials at both arrival points and longer-term reception centers. The government observed standard UNHCR procedures to screen for trafficking victims among asylum-seekers, although NGOs asserted authorities did not properly identify many of the victims on arrival, instead classifying victims as asylum-seekers or undocumented immigrants subject to deportation. NGOs continued to stress the need for longer time periods for screening of refugees and migrants at arrival ports to more accurately ascertain victim status, but they acknowledged conditions were not conducive to a stay there beyond one or two days. Italian criminal law lacked a provision specifically prohibiting punishment of trafficking victims for unlawful acts traffickers compelled them to commit, but, during the reporting period, there were no reports of judges convicting trafficking victims forced to commit such crimes. Current law required proof of exploitation in a criminal action against the perpetrator, which left victims and potential victims at risk of prosecution and conviction when a court did not first convict the perpetrators. NGOs, the EU, and the Catholic Church projected that the government’s September 2018 decree, which remained in force through the reporting period, tightening the availability of humanitarian protections for certain asylum-seekers could result in increased trafficking risks for irregular migrants already residing in Italy. However, the government drafted legislation to partially restore some protections, which is currently with the Council of Ministers. Although persons already officially recognized as trafficking victims remained in a protected category, NGOs reported that many of these irregular migrants were either victims or potential victims, with most at risk of labor trafficking. International organizations continued to assert most centers remained under-equipped to fully address the unique needs of trafficking victims. The government often housed victims and potential victims with irregular migrants, and such housing lacked adequate security against traffickers inside and outside the centers seeking to recruit victims or remove those already under their control.

The government cooperated with NGOs and international organizations to provide shelter and services to victims. In 2018, the government allotted €24 million ($26.97 million) to trafficking victim assistance programs implemented by NGOs for a 15-month period; in 2019, the government allotted the same amount of money, and awarded and funded 26 projects. This compared to €22.5 million ($25.28 million) in 2017. With co-funding from an international organization, in 2019 the MOI supported a program to provide victims of labor exploitation, including labor trafficking, with shelter and legal services. Local governments provided additional funds to victim assistance programs, although the government did not report amounts. Given the breadth of potential beneficiaries, the government did not allocate sufficient funds to accommodate needs. NGOs reported inconsistent quality standards of assistance programs across regions. The law allowed for an initial three to six months of government assistance to all trafficking victims. After initial assistance, foreign victims were eligible to obtain temporary residency and work permits and had a path to permanent residency; additionally, foreign victims were eligible for six months of shelter benefits, renewable for an additional six months if the victim obtained a job or enrolled in a training program. The government granted 155 residence permits to victims in 2019 under Article 18, a decline from 270 in 2018 and 418 in 2017. Of victims granted a residence permit, 19 were identified by police and 39 percent were male. According to NGOs and pro bono lawyers, many victims applied for asylum upon arrival rather than protection as a victim of trafficking, either through pressure from their trafficker or believing that asylum status afforded greater freedoms, more immediate access to employment and services, and long-term residency. In 2019, the government approved only one percent of applications for permits for humanitarian reasons, significantly limiting humanitarian protection and potentially increasing vulnerability to trafficking. Availability of interpretation services for lesser-known African dialects, with victims coming from as many as 15 different language groups, remained a significant challenge. Trustworthy interpreters were also difficult to secure, as reportedly many interpreters came from the same communities as the accused traffickers.

GRETA recommended establishing a separate national referral mechanism specifically for children that took into account the specialized needs of children, but the government did not make progress on this recommendation during the reporting period. Children represented nearly thirteen percent of all victims receiving assistance; many were boys forced to beg or commit robbery. NGOs estimated there were several thousand minors in Italy who were victims of sex trafficking in 2019. Many unaccompanied Nigerian minor victims misrepresented their age to gain placement in an adult reception center, giving them greater freedom to leave the center unnoticed with their trafficker. NGOs, however, welcomed increased scrutiny by authorities of these age claims, and authorities more often sent victims into child protection if unable to confirm adult age status. Foreign child victims automatically received a residence permit until age 18 and accommodations in a general children’s center or a designated center for trafficking victims who were also asylum-seekers. Children received counseling and enrolled in public schools with the support of mentors. However, a significant percent of unaccompanied children chose to leave the centers voluntarily, which greatly increased their risk of trafficking.

The government did not require victims to cooperate with law enforcement to obtain assistance and a residence permit, although NGOs and international organizations reported authorities did not consistently implement this policy and sometimes gave preference to those who cooperated. The government also offered a single payment of €1,500 ($1,690) to victims, although GRETA and NGOs noted the application procedure was overly complex and the amount insufficient. GRETA further recommended the government increase the use of existing legal remedies to provide restitution to victims and more proactively seize assets and pursue forfeiture against perpetrators. The government did not award restitution to any trafficking victims during the reporting period. NGOs, prosecutors, and local officials praised the continued contribution of trained cultural mediators hired by the government or provided by government-funded NGOs, for their skill in communicating with refugees, migrants, and victims.

PREVENTION

The government maintained prevention efforts. The DEO, as coordinator of the interagency steering committee on trafficking, was responsible for drafting the national anti-trafficking action plan, coordinating programs for prevention and victim assistance, and submitting a biannual anti-trafficking report. In 2019, the DEO selected 21 trafficking projects, one for each region in Italy, focused on preventing the trafficking of unaccompanied minors and victims of labor exploitation. The government had not completed its updated plan for 2019-2021. However, the government formed an interagency technical committee, including NGOs, to develop the plan. The government remained without a national rapporteur. The government launched a national campaign to raise awareness of its national hotline for trafficking victims. Local authorities and NGOs continued to distribute brochures, posters, bumper stickers, and media advertisements providing information on victim assistance. The government continued to participate in an awareness program, partially funded by the government, across the Horn of Africa and West Africa to inform potential migrants of the risks of trafficking.

The interagency working group to address labor exploitation, with a special focus on the agricultural sector and illicit labor brokers, presented an €84 million ($94.38 million) three-year plan, but did not report other concrete outcomes. With co-funding from an international organization, the Ministry of Labor provided €23 million ($25.84 million) for initiatives aimed at preventing and fighting labor exploitation and illegal employment, and providing migrant workers vocational training. The Ministry of Agricultural adopted an ethical code pertaining to the supply chain for tomatoes, but did not report concrete outcomes as a result. Fraudulent labor recruitment and passport retention remained concerns during the reporting period. Experts estimated that 150,000 to 180,000 agricultural workers, especially seasonal workers, were at risk of labor trafficking in Italy. Employers in the agricultural sector sometimes submitted falsified forms pertaining to their workers, which impeded labor inspections and the potential identification of trafficking victims. Though illegal, employers or labor recruiters sometimes charged a placement fee to employees, which increased their risk of trafficking. There was a lack of oversight and regulation on massage parlors, which remained places of high concern for sex trafficking. In 2019, the government reported inspecting 128,376 sites, including 5,950 agricultural sites. This compared to the inspection of 116,846 sites in 2018 and 160,347 in 2017, including 7,146 agricultural sites in 2018 and 7,265 in 2017. In 2018, the government identified more than 33,800 unregistered workers and, in 2017, it identified 48,000. The government did not report the extent to which it screened or identified potential trafficking cases during its inspections. In 2019, the government significantly increased efforts to investigate illicit labor brokers for illicit labor mediation by investigating 917 suspects in 2019, compared to 580 in 2018, a 58 percent increase. While illicit labor mediation does not meet the threshold for labor trafficking, increased efforts reduced the demand for forced labor. However, the government did not effectively regulate labor recruitment agencies or illicit labor brokers and did not report investigating or prosecuting any agencies for labor trafficking, including for fraudulent labor recruitment. GRETA recommended the government intensify efforts to more effectively screen for trafficking victims through increased labor inspections, expanded training of inspectors, and in monitoring of recruitment practices including in agriculture, domestic labor, hospitality, and food service.

The government reported receiving 3,711 calls to the DEO’s hotline for victims of trafficking in 2019; this compared to 3,802 calls in 2018. Of new victims referred to care in 2019, 11 percent were referred by the hotline. There was no coordinated national government effort to reduce the demand for commercial sex. Although concerns remained during the reporting period, including at least one report of an Italian citizen engaging in child sex tourism abroad, the government did not report investigating any suspects and did not make efforts to reduce the demand for child sex tourism by Italian citizens.

TRAFFICKING PROFILE

As reported over the past five years, human traffickers exploit foreign, and to a lesser degree domestic, victims in Italy. Victims originate primarily from Nigeria and other African countries, China, Romania, and other Eastern European countries, and include ethnic Roma. Traffickers, often part of Chinese criminal networks, exploit Chinese women in sex trafficking in apartments, beauty centers, clubs, and massage parlors. Massage parlors are sometimes used as fronts for the purchase of commercial sex, raising concerns about sex trafficking. Of an estimated 40,000 to 45,000 individuals involved in commercial sex on the streets, NGOs reported approximately 60 percent (or 24,000 to 27,000) are trafficking victims or at risk of trafficking and between five and eight percent are minors (or approximately 2,000 to 3,200 of 40,000). The majority of sex trafficking victims are from Nigeria, although more recently their numbers have decreased; however, the government and civil society maintain that Nigerian women and unaccompanied minors remain extremely vulnerable to trafficking because of the continued operation of several organized Nigerian trafficking networks. Several Nigerian trafficking networks have expanded operations across Italy and reportedly receive protection from Italian crime syndicates. International organizations estimated up to 75 percent of the Nigerian women and unaccompanied children who arrived in 2018 were trafficking victims. Traffickers subject Nigerian women and girls to sex trafficking through debt-based coercion and voodoo rituals. Authorities report traffickers encourage Nigerian victims to claim asylum to obtain legal residency and facilitate their continued exploitation. Traffickers sometimes exploit migrant women in sex trafficking in and around migration centers. Italian citizens will sometimes engage in child sex tourism abroad. Traffickers frequently target unaccompanied children, who are especially vulnerable to trafficking; children are exploited in child sex trafficking, forced to commit crimes or beg, and forced to work in shops, bars, restaurants, and bakeries. Ethnic Roma children are at risk for trafficking, including forced begging and child sex trafficking. According to authorities, the number of unaccompanied minors has steadily decreased; in 2019, 1,680 unaccompanied children arrived, compared to 3,534 in 2018, 15,731 in 2017, and 25,846 in 2016.

Labor traffickers operate in agriculture, predominantly in southern Italy, construction, household labor, hospitality, and restaurants. The North Korean government may have forced North Koreans working in Italy to work; however, by January 2020, the government reportedly secured the departure of all remaining North Korean workers. Traffickers use fraudulent recruitment, passport retention, as well as debt-based coercion to control trafficking victims; traffickers will also extort payments from the victim’s family in the source country. Italy has an estimated 1.5 million unregistered workers and 3.7 million irregular workers who are at risk for labor trafficking. Specifically for the agricultural sector, experts estimated that 150,000 to 180,000 workers, particularly seasonal workers, are at risk for forced labor in Italy. Employers in the agricultural sector will sometimes submit falsified forms pertaining to their workers, which impedes labor inspections and the potential identification of trafficking victims. Italy has approximately 600,000 irregular migrants, many of whom are at risk for trafficking, especially due to government restrictions on humanitarian protection and decreased support for migrants, which took effect in 2018. The rate of arriving refugees and migrants dropped precipitously in 2018 and 2019, due in part to government policy tightening the intake of irregular migrants and the government’s assistance to the Libyan Coast Guard. Italy received 23,370 irregular arrivals by sea in 2018 and 11,471 in 2019, many through Libya, where victims reported experiencing extortion, torture, and rape by militias or traffickers while awaiting passage to Italy. In 2017, government officials, including intelligence officials, met with a notorious alleged human trafficker to discuss controls on refugee and migrant flows from Libya, where the alleged trafficker requested funds from Italian authorities to manage the reception of migrants in Libya. Irregular migrants that arrived by sea mostly originate from Tunisia, Pakistan, and the Ivory Coast. Approximately 5,000 refugees and irregular migrants arrived by land, mostly from Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In 2019, of the roughly 31,000 persons requesting asylum, authorities estimate up to 30 percent were at risk for sex trafficking or forced labor while waiting for adjudication of their petitions. Approved permits for humanitarian reasons dropped to one percent of applications due to a decree, implemented in 2018, significantly limiting humanitarian protection; this may increase vulnerability to trafficking. Traffickers target migrant centers to recruit and later exploit asylum-seekers, sometimes claiming to be family members to gain access to the centers. Asylum-seekers may legally work beginning two months after filing their applications, although many seek illegal employment immediately in informal sectors, increasing their risk for trafficking. Many also attempt passage to other European countries; however, under the European Commission’s Dublin Regulation, countries have six months to repatriate victims to the EU country of their arrival, but if they fail to transfer them in due time should accept their asylum claim. This regulation likely increased the number of asylum-seekers or trafficking victims forced to remain in Italy or return to Italy from another country.

Suspected cultists kill own member in Delta

Source: https://platinumpost.ng/2020/08/14/suspected-cultists-kill-own-member-in-delta/

Suspected members of a popular cult group, Aye black axe confraternity on Thursday night allegedly murdered one of its own around the United Bank for Africa, ( UBA) Asaba in Delta State following fall out arising from a sharing formula, among others.

The victim identified as Emma ( Surname withheld) was said to have been felled around the popular UBA at about 9:30 pm after leaving a football match viewing centre within Ibusa road, few meters away from the bank in Asaba towards his residence when the hoodlums pounced on him with bullets from cut to size guns.

Emma General as he is fondly called by his admirers before he was cut down, graduated from the Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi Uku near Asaba where sources said he was allegedly initiated into the group and rose the peak of its leadership, armed with the authorities to dishes out instructions to his members, especially the least members.

Sources said the victim was murdered in cold blood when he allegedly refused to share from a booty running into thousands of naira from where they forcefully ejected some persons from a house over their inability to pay their rents.

But the Police Commissioner in the State, Hafiz Muhammed Inuwah who confirmed the incident to journalists in Asaba, said that no arrest has been made, adding the victim and his assailants were members of a cult group known as Aye black axe confraternity who have been terrorizing the state.

He said” we are investigating the incident, and the victim is a member of a cult group known as Aye black axe confraternity including those who allegedly killed him because of a sharing formula.we have not arrested anybody but the investigation is ongoing with a view to bringing those responsible to arrest”

Family members who were seen crying profusely at the newspapers’ distribution centre around UBA Asaba who spoke on condition of anonymity described the death of their brother as unfortunate, adding that the body had been deposited at the Federal Medical Center ( FMC, Asaba) mortuary.

The victim is a native of Ora in Owan West Local Government Area in Edo State, moved into Asaba at a tender age with his elder sister who currently is married to a staff of the Benn Distribution Company ( BEDC, Asaba Office) from where he gained admission into the Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi Uku near Asaba after his Secondary Education in Asaba.

Mafia in Veneto, the most mysterious of the “imported”: the Nigerian one. Drugs and prostitution between initiations, voodoo rites and … entrepreneurial spirit

Source: https://www.vicenzapiu.com/leggi/mafia-in-veneto-la-piu-misteriosa-delle-importate-quella-nigeriana-droga-e-prostituzione-tra-iniziazioni-riti-vodoo-e-spirito-imprenditoriale/

(Translated From Italian)

Among the “imported” mafias in our region there is one that is still quite mysterious and obscure today, the “Nigerian mafia” .

As Federica Cabras wrote in 2014, Nigerian organized crime cannot have “… a single definition …” , as it “… constitutes a system rather than a single structure, composed of cells of different criminal caliber organized within them by a vertical structure capable, at the same time, of acting in isolation as components of a reticular structure “ .

Definitely not easy to understand, but let’s try to explain it in simple words: this mafia is not a phenomenon that can be defined as a single structure, on the  “mala del Brenta” style of which we have already spoken, which despite being a federation of gangs still had a minimal centralization, at least in the figure of Felice Maniero . The Nigerian mafia is made up of various groups and individuals capable of affiliating and dissolving even after having completed a single criminal job, without centralization or a defined hierarchy of roles.

But the system does not stop there: there are, within it, structures defined as “Cults” , originally student associations of Nigerian universities that have become real criminal clans with their own initiation rites, their own hierarchy, their own structure.

These Cults have become known in Italy with their own names, in particular the “Black Ax” (Black Ax) , which is often used loosely as a synonym of the same “Nigerian mafia”.

Such groups at home would, however, be connected to much larger and more structured “criminal enterprises” , authentic holding companies : these supposed links have given rise to some hypotheses that would see the various Cults as nothing more than branches of a single organization, managed by a single top . It is not a certainty but a doubt, which was exposed in November 2019 by the current national anti-mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho , who recalled how even for the ‘Ndrangheta it was only in 2010 that a level of coordination higher than all the gangs.

The Nigerian mafia in the Veneto area, unlike the Italian mafias, does not insinuate itself deeply into the economic fabric, but feeds crime linked to drug trafficking, prostitution, illegal immigration and extortion.

In November 2016 the news came that an important boss of the “Black Ax” was arrested in Zevio (Verona) , while in July 2019 affiliates of the “Maphite” , another Nigerian cult, ended up in handcuffs, also in Verona . In December 2019, an organization that managed a large part of the shop in the streets of Trento was dismantled , with  Vicenza and Verona as supply and departure bases.

On 10 July 2018, however, a maxi operation in the station area in Mestre was hit, where an organization belonging to the “Eiye” Cult circuit was hit . The leader of the group escapes arrest until February 2019, when he is captured in Germany , from where he continued to manage and control the gang’s affairs. This Mestre-Venetian group was the driving force behind the sale of “yellow heroin” , a particular new quality of drug, responsible for the deaths of several young people in the north east.

On November 21, 2018, two other Nigerians, senior “Eiye” ranks , were arrested during the “Calypso” operation . They are resident in Padua and Treviso .

The Nigerian mafia is therefore very well integrated in the region and, although it is not capable of infiltrating the large economic circuit of companies and businesses, it manages to obtain very high earnings, especially thanks to drug dealing and prostitution.

Regarding the management of sex trafficking, it is now known how girls forced into prostitution are subjugated through physical and psychological violence, the latter practiced especially through the rites of voodoo : the direct testimonies of how the rituals served to “mark at a distance” are chilling. the families of the girls, so that if any of them fled or denounced the clan, they would suffer a death in the family due to the curse.

However, it seems, listening to some voices from the street, that there is also another parallel channel of prostitution, always managed by Nigerians; a channel that does not use threats, on the contrary, is persuasive. The girls would have a ” ticket ” for the trip to Italy, to be reimbursed to the organization, and they would be given a sidewalk on “loan for use”  with a ” monthly loan  until the “ticket” is fully paid . Once the payment is closed, the girls would be free to manage their lives, abandoning the streets and exploiters.

What would be the gain for the clan in this case? A considerable savings in “protection”: these prostitutes would not have guardians to control the passage, with a considerable saving of resources (and a lower risk of arrests) for the criminal gang.

No “protector” would also imply no beating caused by too low income (violence with consequences that often force sex slaves not to work for several days) and a continuous, quiet and steady presence would be seen on the roadsides that would generally lure new potential users of prostitution with an overall higher “return” for the prostitution business.

Furthermore, this system, which would develop an “entrepreneurial” mentality in prostitutes (ie the freedom granted to the young woman to keep more money than the “mortgage” would be an incentive for her to work in a decidedly continuous manner) would also gratify it would also lead to greater  customer “loyalty” .

In fact, they would find themselves faced with girls not moved by the need to accumulate numerous payers to increase the revenues of the night, but by the desire to create a stable and safe network, similar to escorts but at much lower prices. Therefore, entrepreneur prostitutes would theoretically be not very “mechanical” and “cold” in the sexual act, therefore they would always theoretically provide more rewarding services to the subject who pays than the classic and fleeting  “street sex” .

The counterpart?

Meanwhile, the risks of this hypothetical dynamic could be high, because these girls, although they do not have the classic torturers to squeeze them, without guardians of any kind on the spot would still find themselves able to be subjected to very violent aggressions, basically of a sexual nature.

Furthermore, these young women would end up in the best of cases in the lap of luxury prostitution (with many of the aforementioned “loyal customers” ready to pay higher prices), again through ties with the organization, in which they would have unfortunately acquired confidence.

In the worst case, these lives would simply be lost.

Having seen the extreme variety of the Nigerian mafia, it is possible to conceive that there are different levels of exploitation of women, from a more classic and evidently slave-like to a more subtle and hypocritical but with always negative effects.

However, we must start from an obvious premise: this mafia did not take root by itself. Drugs and prostitution are two markets that need customers, who do not come from the world of immigrants. The customers of drug dealers and street girls are mainly local natives, people born, live and work in Veneto.

Dennis Vincent Klapwijk

Suspected cultist dies, 23 others injured in Delta cult clash

Source: https://orientdailynews.com/amp/crime/suspected-cultist-dies-23-others-injured-in-delta-cult-clash/

By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Rival cult clash in Usieffurun, Udu local government area of Delta state in the early hours of Sunday, left one dead, while 23 others severely injured.

The fight, reports said, was between Aye black axe confraternity members and Vikings who allegedly deployed dangerous weapons, including cut-to-size guns, to scare residents of the area.

Sources said that the fight, which lasted several hours, took the police long to bring under control even when one of the confraternities had allegedly felled down a member of the rival other through several bullets pumped into his body.

However, the police public relations officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident, said “yes, it is true, one person was killed, and 23 others severely injured. We are investigating the incident and no arrest has been made yet, adding that “those injured were receiving treatment at the state General Hospital as investigation was ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Usieffurun community leadership has imposed curfew in the town to curtail the excesses of cult groups in the area while some residents who spoke to journalists said that the community was almost turning into haven for cultists and their partners in crime.

Also, a People’s Democratic Party chieftain in Ughelli North local government area, Mr Udu Omo Scot, has urged youths in the area to shun cultism and all forms of criminal activities as leaders of tomorrow, noting that cultism would jeopardise their future if they continued to indulge in it.

Scot, who spoke to journalists in the area said “cultism among our youths has affected developmental strides in our communities and we all must rise and fight against it.”

Long prison sentences in international drug dealing

Source: https://www.goteborgdirekt.se/nyheter/langa-fangelsestraff-i-internationell-knarkharva/repthn!GfnlvnNoAODZ0GHpN3gsaQ/

(translated from Swedish)

Imprisonment of between three and a half and nine and a half years – that was the sentences for 14 of the 15 people who were charged in an international drug scandal connected to Gothenburg.

It was the police in Austria who first noticed the extensive drug smuggling before they contacted the Danish police and the Swedish Customs in the spring of 2018. Lots of drugs had been smuggled from the Netherlands where it was packed in capsules and then marked with different designations for further sale in Gothenburg, for example.

In October last year, the trial began, in which 15 people were indicted on suspicion of extremely serious drug smuggling and extremely serious drug crime.

The preliminary investigation covers approximately 14,000 pages. According to the indictment, the persons are estimated to have handled over 132 kilos of heroin and cocaine at a street price of SEK 112 million.

– This is the largest case in the Swedish Customs’ history, not in the amount of seizures but in scope, Gill Eriksson, deputy head of the Customs Criminal Unit, told Göteborg Direkt in connection with the prosecution.

The main hearing lasted for a total of 68 days of negotiations and ended in mid-July.  

The prosecutor said that the people had connections to the Nigerian mafia network Black Ax, but one of the court members, councilor Anna Hansell, says that they could not find any such connections.

– The investigation shows that an organized activity has been behind the smuggling to Sweden, but we have not found support for any connections to the Nigerian network Black Ax, says Anna Hansell in a press release.

All but one of the accused are now sentenced to between three and a half and nine and a half years in prison. The person who was released completely was charged with aiding and abetting extremely serious drug smuggling and extremely serious drug offenses.

Among those convicted are people in Gothenburg who received batches of capsules and then delivered them in smaller parts within defined geographical areas.

– It is clear that these people have had a well-established customer base which has meant that they have quickly received sales for the capsules received, says Anna Hannell.

All persons who are convicted and who are not Swedish citizens are expelled after the sentence has been served. They are forbidden to return here for a period of between ten years and life.