Piecing together the lives of people of high interest in Libya…. Foreign Mercenaries, human traffickers and arms smugglers.
There are lots of news stories and accounts of Nigerians passing through Libya on their way to Europe. Horror stories mostly. Those not detained by the authorities and placed in Libyan detention facilities (built on diesel polluted reclaimed land that are not fit for human habitation) can be kidnapped and/or sold by their traffickers into slavery. Those sold, for just a few hundred dollars, into slavery are forced into manual labor jobs or sex slavery and are guaranteed a miserable existence subject to abuse, violence and servitude.
Some Nigerians I’m encountering though in Libya appear to be there under their own free will and have willfully taken up employment there. I’ve seen NBM member mechanics, welders and them undertaking other various skilled jobs.
Then I encountered Marius.
Marius was born 1990 in a small town in Enugu State and is a staunch Muslim and Biafran. The later of his affiliations influencing his open hatred of the Nigerian government. Perhaps this explaining his decision to one day take on the perilous journey to Libya and favour staying there for what has now been at least two years.
It’s two years that have clearly taken their toll on him.
Recently he posted an image of himself from roughly ten years before. A freind commented something that translated to “a time when you actually looked like a human being”
Certainly Marius has changed significantly since then. His activities in Libya undoubtedly having an effect on that.
He’s gone from a fresh faced kid to a wide eyed crazy person.
What is Marius up to in Libya?
Unlike a lot of his fellow Nigerian counterparts residing in Libya he’s quite open about his life and posts a lot of images and videos that has enabled the piecing together of his activities there over the past two years.
An example of his openness is a video of him wrapping up for later (or for sale) what is probably amphetamine or cocaine. Brazenly snorting some in front of the camera and then posting it to his Facebook.
Other openness includes his cult affiliation.
Marius is openly a member of the Viking confraternity.
Aside from the expected large number of Viking members on his Facebook freind list he is also friends with a number of other cultists. At a glance I can see several Jurists confraternity members and recognise NBM members on there too. NBM Lords from his home state of Enugu as well as in Lagos, China and Italy.
The most interesting aspects of his openness though relate to how he is earning money in Libya. He openly posts where he’s travelling to, where he is and posts pictures he purports to be his payments for the services he’s carried out there.
The services although not articulated explicitly certainly involve guns.
In April 2018 he posts a photo of himself with a pretty small one. Certainly much smaller than what comes later. He includes a caption along the lines of “it’s for my protection”.
Later in 2018 he posts several pictures which show him driving around with much bigger weaponry (not 100% sure but looks like a H&K G3).
Pictures he shares of his television and other objects show he has pretty good access somehow to both guns and ammunition.
Early in 2019 he posts a series of things that indicate an affiliation with one side of the conflict in the Libyan civil war. Combined with looking over his freind list for individuals open about fighting in the war it’s evident he’s on the side of the Russian backed Libyan National Army. Fighting against the Turkey (and UN & EU) backed ‘Government of National Accord’.
On Valentines day he posts a picture of a worried looking self and in the comments to the photo states fighting has started in the neighborhood. At this point he has indicated to be in or in the vicinity of Sebha.
In those coming days he posts several photos that when I’ve attempted to reverse search for on the internet cannot be found and he does look to have taken himself.
On the 22nd Feb 2019 he uploads a video (I dont think taken by him but shared to him by another fighter) taken in Murzuq.
On the 1st March 2019 he announces to his friends he will be offline some time due to him “matching” the next day. By this he means ‘marching’ which is open to interpretation. Additionally he indicates he has little choice engaging in the ‘marching’ due to been broke.
He’s then offline for over two weeks. When he returns he posts a photo of bundles of cash. I suspect it’s not necessarily what he’s been paid but to signify been paid for his two+ weeks “matching”.
On the 27th March 2019 he announces he’ll be “matching” again. His friends wish him luck. He posts images of him with fellow Nigerians in Libya, picture of an armed truck and more photos of money.
On the 3rd April he’s back online and posts what look to be authentic photos of his payments (rather than likely symbolic ones he’s posted before.
On the 5th April. He posts an insight into the kind of people in his orbit in Libya. Someone who he accuses of been a “slave trader” and “human trafficker”
On the 12th April he announces he’ll be off on holiday and offline for a whole month. It’s not entirely confirmable but it looks like he might have returned to Nigeria following this.
On the 29th April he appears back online to announce the death of a fellow Viking confraternity member in Libya. Disclosing that he was a fighter who was shot. He posts a video of the body (NSFW) declaring “Was shot… Your fellow Libyan burgers are still mourning bro rip… Guners must die by gun”
and the following day posting some tribute photos and images including one of a sorrowful boy in Viking beret.
In the coming days he posts various images of himself with rifles and posts:
“My enemies hmm, EVEN DOUGH GOD FORGIVE UNA , okugbo never forgive D punishment is death, alahgali, In case you don’t know, Watch your back”
The comments to these posts are a mixture of support and concern… Some of the comments indicates that he is in fact a fighter: “How many people you go kill before they will kill you bros calculate this bros…we don’t want to loss u”
On the 10th May 2019 he posts that he at a burial. A video shows him in the desert with dozens of fellow Africans.
During the rest of May and into June he posts various videos of himself drinking, getting stoned, snorting drugs and driving around Libya armed.
At the beginning of July he anounces he’s off to “work” in Chad and disappears offline for about a week. When he returns he shares a photo of his new gun.
Certainly looks a lot more effective than the first pistol he was pictured with from his first months in Libya.
Over the rest of the month he posts a variety of sickening images showing mutilated and butchered bodies. He descending into the character his friends start to recognise as been ‘less human’ than he was 10 years ago.
September 2nd, although not announced at the time, is the birth date of his son. A child that will soon join him in his squalid living conditions surrounded by the horror of Libya.
At the end of September 2019 he posts more photos that indicate he is fighting again.
In the top photo although he omits his head we can see a packet of Rothman’s Cigarettes’ sticking out the man’s pocket. It’s Marius’ brand of choice.
On the 5th September 2019 he appears in Murzuq and shares a number of strange posts from interesting people… certainly worthy of future investigation.
They certainly don’t look like the usual rag tag mercenaries in his orbit.
More like VIP’s with substantial security.
Following this encounter he proceeds into Chad and checks in as been in the: Tibesti Region on the 26th November 2019. A region in the far north west of Chad on the border of Libya and the Murzuq region.
Whoever he meets there he blocks out of the photo he posts. He adds the caption “bonjour bad citizens” a term that I see him using a lot when fraternizing with dubious (to say the least) individuals. In another example for context a fellow Nigerian in Lybia was seen saying “I don’t work for the bad citizens anymore”.
A couple of weeks after on December 7th he posts a new photo of weaponry. It’d appear that this might be what he went to Chad to collect. There is no shortage of news articles detailing Sudan been a major source of trafficked weapons and Chad been the “nexus” of arms trafficking as they are channeled into the hands of militants such as “local Al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliates, Boko Haram, and other violent extremist organizations”
They look to be further examples of Heckler and Koch G3 rifles along with an AK47. At auction I can see the G3’s been valued at between Estimate Price: $3,750 – $5,500. So he’s perhaps collected $10,000+ worth of weaponry.
Two days later he posts another picture of money. Again I believe this to symbolic rather than representing a genuine photograph of what he has earned.
He then sees in the New Year of 2020 with a series of drunken, stoned photos and videos from his living space.
On the 8th January another very interesting occurrence happens. Marius is tagged in a post from a young Nigerian woman tagging herself as having reached Murzuq from Nigeria.
Murzuq is a highly notable destination for human trafficking with plenty of evidence of that available on google.
A 2020 US State Department report stating:
Prostitution rings reportedly subject sub-Saharan women and girls to sex trafficking in brothels, particularly in the towns of Ubari, Sebha, and Murzuq in southern Libya; Nigerian women and girls are at increased risk of sex trafficking in Libya. According to a European NGO, Nigerian gangs recruit Nigerian girls from rural regions of the country and facilitate the transportation of the girls through Libya for sex trafficking in Italy and other European countries.
She later resurfaces on social media in a context that is very common for photos of women known to Marius. Sat with many other women on cheap plastic chairs somewhere in Libya.
In a world where trafficked women are forced (either physically or economically) into prostitution until they pay off their trafficking fees I think it’s highly probable the high number of women I’ve located all sat in the same kind of setting represents these trafficked sex workers.
What I find particularly interesting about ‘Becky’ is though: From her Facebook profile I immediately saw a bunch of people I recognised. The Jurists!
Only one week ago (11th October 2010) she was tagged in a series of photos along with another 7 individuals (4 of which incidentally bare the surname “white”) all of whom are clearly Jurists upon inspection.
It’s a small world and seemingly a crazy coincidence or perhaps not…. It’s another avenue I’ll investigate in the future.
Marius appears to be, by this time, very well connected in Libya. I dont believe that when it’s time for the girls to leave Libya they’ll be placed on dangerous inflatable things erroniously described as “boats”.
Marius posts things that indicate he has connections able to deliver real visas to whoever can pay the price.
I’ve briefly looked over the above service and it does appear to be genuine (albeit it highly dodgy). The multitude of visa samples aside the page shows a number of pieces of evidence it claims to show successful buyers in several European countries including Germany and Italy.
Back to Marius and it’s Feb 13th 2020. He appears to post indicating another period of fighting.
And shares a photo of himself performing some kind of juju ritual.
He goes offline for another 2 week period and resurfaces to share a geo-political post that obviously interests him.
He goes a little quiet after this but emerges from time to time sharing photos from other Africans in Libya but mostly posts photos of him and his son.
In summary it’s not nice to think about what the future holds for Marius (clearly a foreign mercenary in Libya and probably a small link in the chain for arms and human trafficking) and indeed his new family as they balance on the edge of life and death in Libya. It’s not nice to think about the current circumstances of the women in his orbit forced to sit each day on the plastic chairs it would seem are indicative of the modern day slave.
It’s not nice either to think about how the cults are connected and profiting from all this misery and what baring they have on the lives of these people and the many many more that will pass through Libya in the future.
I’ve entitled this “Part 1” because I don’t believe this is the last we will see of this as the Libyan connections increase.
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