Police Parades Thirty-Four Youths For Cult Related Activities In Anambra

Anambra state Police Command has paraded thirty-four youths over cult related activities at Enugwu-Ukwu Special Anti-Cultism Squad Unit of the command.

Among the thirty-four suspects who aged between twenty to twenty-five, four were girls suspected to belong to White Angels confraternity.

The suspected cultists were arrested by the officers of the Police Special Anti-Cultism Squad from Ogbunike in Oyi Council area, and Awada in Idemili North LGA, respectively.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included three live cartridges, expended cartridges, initiation drums, cult Regalia,two machetes, pump action gun, locally made single barrel pistol, among others.

During the parade exercise, while some of the suspects confessed to belong to various cult groups including Black Axe, Vikings, Ayeez, and Viper confraternities and pleaded for leniency, others denied membership of any of the secrete cults and pleaded for their release.

Parading the suspects, Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed warned youths against secret cult which he said the command has zero tolerance for, advising youths to channel their energy and talents into things that will be beneficial to them, their families, and the society at large.

Mr Abang revealed that the suspects were arrested from the 12th of this month, and assured that after investigation, the suspects will be prosecuted and afterwards imprisoned if convicted, to serve as a deterrent to others.

He however asked Ndi Anambra to be security conscious at all times and to report any suspicious person or illegal activities to a nearby police station for prompt action.

The Commissioner of Police also advised parents and guardians to always monitor the activities of their children and wards to save them from cultism and other criminal and illegal activities.

The Anambra state Police Command also paraded another suspect, Mr Gerald Chika a native of Enugu state, at the Police Headquarters in Amawbia who was arrested at Emordi market in Awka where he attempted to rob one of the marketers in the market, Mr Kenechukwu Okafor of his belongings.

“Cult Regalia” = Uhuru baseball cap.

Seen them before

Maybe Von, Tayo and Co need to find another fake name for their fake façade of a “humanitarian organisation” and start printing some new, less conspicuous, baseball caps to try slip under the radar.

They have further explaining to do also about why the Nigerian arm of their “humanitarian organisation” need shotguns and machetes?

Central African mafia in Palermo

Source: https://www.italiaoggi.it/news/mafia-centrafricana-a-palermo-2499890

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On December 12, Matteo Salvini, leader of the League and senator of the republic, was in Sicily, in Catania, where the hearing of the trial took place which sees him accused of kidnapping for having delayed the disembarkation of the irregular emigrants of the Gregoretti ship in 2019. By coincidence, the next day the BBC dedicated a reportage to Sicily.

Accompanied by photographic documentation, the report explains how the island has become a happy, joyful multicultural center thanks to the fact that thousands of young Africans, mainly from West African countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia, they have chosen it as their new home.

It is often forgotten, says the BBC, that while tens of thousands of Africans have passed through the island, passing through on their journey to Northern Europe, as many have instead decided to stay. Palermo in particular, “always a melting pot of cultures”, is fortunate to have a mayor, Leoluca Orlando, “pro-migrants” and for this reason the city has long been known and appreciated for its hospitality. “Over the years,” observes the author of the report, migrant journalist Ismail Einashe, “I have seen how much African culture has reshaped the city, from musical tastes to the popularity of African dances to food and even the hairstyles of young people. Sicilians “. “In no district of Palermo”, he continues, “the African presence is more evident than in that of Ballarò,

Following is a description of the evenings in Palermo, animated by African songs, drums and dances while in the bars of Ballarò you can drink spritz, but also cocktails that taste of mango, hibiscus, pineapple and ginger, and in the restaurants Sicilian and African dishes are served . At the market, then, next to the Italian stalls, there are those full of once unknown products, such as okra and sweet potatoes, and African women grill corn cobs: “A corner of Africa sprouts everywhere, from Nigerian women who sell soda, sweets and beer to Senegalese tailors who make African-style clothing ».

In addition to his own direct experience, Ismail Einashe drew on Italian sources to document himself, but in a very selective way: for example, the Terrelibere.org website, where it is possible to read an article entitled «Palermo. I will dance safer thanks to Africans ”, in which it is argued that immigrants have“ contributed positively to returning the historic center to the city ”; or L’Espresso, which in 2019 published the article “Palermo, the capital of hospitality: the great lesson of Sicily to all of Italy”, according to which Ballarò “lives again” thanks to the immigrants who denounce the extortionists of the mafia: ” an alternative model “.

In the L’Espresso article, however, it is said that the journalist Gianmauro Costa, a fervent supporter of the providential good influence of immigrants on Palermo, nevertheless set his novel “Black Market” in Ballarò, whose protagonist “is struggling with Black Ax, the new Nigerian mafia ». Just scroll through the Palermitan news to understand why. Eiye, an offshoot of Black Ax, manages the racket of trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing in Ballarò. This is also why violence is frequent in the neighborhood. Among the recent ones, one of the most serious involved dozens of people at the end of May: a maxi brawl between Italians and Africans mostly from Gambia armed with knives, sticks and shards of bottles that required the intervention of dozens of police vehicles. and police.

But Ismail Einashe does not mention these problems, much less speaks of the way in which the immigrants arrived in the city “which they have chosen as their new home”. Irregular, illegal, clandestine. Not once are these terms used in the service.

Yet many, if not all the foreigners who, according to the journalist, revive and normalize Palermo and Sicily by fighting the mafia and animating the life of once infrequent neighborhoods, have presumably landed in Italy without documents and visas, transported by an organization of traffickers. , and, if they still live in Italy, it is because they took their time declaring themselves refugees and filing an asylum request.

This is certainly the case of the Nigerian singer Chris Obehi, who arrived from Nigeria at the age of 17 “after having faced the dangerous route that passes through Libya” and who in many of his songs evokes the difficulties encountered in reaching Palermo. In one of his greatest hits he sings the crossing of the Mediterranean: a few unrelated words, the text, and a single sentence repeated and shouted over and over again: “We are not fish, we are not fish in the sea, but we are human”.

Almost incidentally, the BBC article notes that “a growing anti-migrant sentiment pervades the island.” Why are they irregular? Why do they use the expedient of calling themselves refugees to be included in the expensive reception program set up for them?

Why, when they leave, they mostly find no work except in black, since in Sicily the inactivity rate exceeds 52 percent and they also do not speak Italian and lack training? Why do they join the Nigerian mafias or other sectors of organized crime?

No. For the BBC, anti-migrant sentiment arises from the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cultists, Recover Arms

Source: https://humangle.ng/police-arrest-4-suspected-cultists-recover-arms/

The Police in Anambra, Southeast Nigeria on Monday said they have arrested four suspected cult members and recovered incriminating items including a pump-action machine gun from them.

The command said one of the arrested suspects had been on their wanted list for cultism related offences.

Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command said the suspects were harvested from different hideouts across the state by operatives of the Special Anti-Cult Squad (SPACS).

Mohammed said the suspects had confessed to being members of Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities.

“Command Anti-Cult Unit raided various hideouts and blackspots following intelligence reports and arrested three suspects as follows; Nwabuwanne Maduka 22, Anayo Ikechukwu 21, and Gozie Okoye, 37,” he said.

“Suspects were arrested at Amawa village Ogbunike in Oyi LGA of Anambra State and they voluntarily confessed to being members of cult groups, exhibits recovered in their possessions included one pump action gun.”

The fourth suspect, one Chukwuweike Ndupu, 26, a  native of Atani, Ogbauru Local Government Area who resides at Oye Olisa, Ogbunike in Oyi LGA has been on the Police wanted list in cult-related cases, the police spokesman said.

“He has voluntarily confessed to being a member of Vikings confraternity and exhibits recovered in his possession included one locally made single barrel pistol and one live cartridge.”

Mohammed said the cases were under investigation and those culpable would be charged to court while urging members of the public to provide timely information for prompt response in a time of emergency.

Cultism has been a source of major security concern in Anambra.

Professor Au Nnonyelu of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Business School Awka, at a recent Media Symposium in Awka noted that the prevalence of cultism in Anambra was a big question mark to the claim that the state was the safest in Nigeria.

Nnoyelu blamed the spate of cultism on poverty and unemployment which had resulted in a struggle for access to control resources that were non-existent.

He called on Anambra State Government to urgently address the issue of youth unemployment as a way of controlling cultism in the state.

“It is for contestation among the youth for resources that are inexplicable, the government has to address it because it is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode anytime soon,” he said.

Why we killed three members of a rival group – 26-years-old cultist confesses

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Chikwe Onoriode Nkemnacho – Not Nearly the Mayor of Newham

Source: https://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/11529727

Chikwe Nkemnacho was born on 1 January 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a lawyer and a civil servant who has lived in the London Borough of Newham for 17 years. He is a trustee of UK charities and Associations and had initiated and led on programmes to help the oppressed, the poor, the disabled and the elderly in Newham, the UK and the Third World.

He provides free advice and support to Newham residents. He had fought for the time restrictions in West Ham to be fair and not punitive on the residents.

HISTORY

Edward Onoriode Chikwe Nkemnacho was born on 1 January 1963 in the town of Lagos, Nigeria, as Chikwe Onoriode Nkemnacho.

His father is Chief George Benin Nkemnacho, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who hails from Ugbodu in Aniocha North Local Government area of Delta State. His mother Mrs Theresa Ogbe Nkemnacho is a retired midwife from Ekiugbo in Ughelli North Local Government area of Delta State of Nigeria.

Family

Chikwe is married to Mrs Antonia Nkemnacho and they are blessed with a daughter, Awele Nkemnacho.

Education Background

Chikwe attended St James Primary School, Benin City, Edo State, (now known as Agbado Primary School) and Edo College, Benin City. From there he gained admission to the University of Benin to study Law, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Law Degree.

CAREER & POLITICS

In 1985, he did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abeokuta, where he spent six months working with the Ogun State Police and another six months with the Ogun State Ministry of Justice.

In 1987, he joined his father to open up a solicitors firm. Not long after, catastrophe struck and the family went into turmoil with the loss of three siblings within four years. This and other reasons compelled him to travel out of Nigeria for greener pastures.

In 1993, Chikwe migrated to the United Kingdom and settled in the London Borough of Newham. The first few years in the UK saw him doing various odd jobs. He had a spell as a security officer and minicab driver until the year 2000, when he became a British citizen.

While searching for a skilled job, he engaged in politics joining the Labour Party in West Ham, where he became a ward representative. However when Ken Livingstone’s oppression by the Labour Party became bitter with the Party hierarchy, like most other Labour Party members, Chikwe left the party for good. He got a job in her Majesty’s government in where he had been since 2002. Chikwe is currently working with the Department for Work and Pensions in London and have acquired sufficient civil service experience and skills in the UK.

Chikwe is presently campaigning for the position of Mayor of Newham with a hunger for change and a better Newham that works for all.

It says currently campaigning to be Mayor of Newham but this seems to have been correct prior to the elections of 2010.

Where he finished bottom.

Given this gentleman’s remarkable looking CV perhaps this is a great loss for the people of Newham?

Nope.

His CV leaves out one giant role this man undertook during his life.

He was National Head of the NBM/Black Axe mafia from 1987-88. A term cut short due to abdicating for unknown reasons. Prior to holding the dubious position of top man in the organisation he was also National Crier 1983/84.

Founding Father Nicholas idemudia doesn’t have good words to say about him: THERE ARE MANY GAMES BEING PLAYED. MEN LIKE TONY EJIOFOR WANT TO BE SEEN AS FOUNDERS WHEN THEY ARE NOT. HE IS PART OF THE CONFUSION. OTHERS LIKE CHIKWE NKEMNACHO FORMER HEAD-NBM HAVE BEEN TELLING STORIES THAT THEY RE-FORMED NBM IN 1983. IF YOU LISTEN TO THOSE PEOPLE YOU WILL GO ASTRAY.

Today it’s unclear whether Mr Nkemnacho is still a civil servant in Newham (though I’m aware of another London Zone member who is….). Companies House has him operating a “transport” company from an address., in of all places, the NBM safe haven of Barking.

Whereas NBM members in other countries have a “safe house” in the UK they have a whole London borough.

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Gunmen kill anti-cult leader in Delta

Source: https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-anti-cult-leader-in-delta/

Leader of the Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps in Ndokwa West Local Government of Delta State Austine Chinua-Emu was killed at the weekend.

He was 38.

Chinua-Emu, a father of three, was allegedly shot about 7.30pm on Saturday while returning from a meeting in Kwale.

The Nation learnt the deceased was invited to Kwale by a top politician while another group of youths, allegedly belonging to the Black Axe cult, were also scheduled to meet the politician at the same time.

It is unclear why Chinua-Emu was murdered.

Sources said the deceased helped to stop the atrocities of rival cult groups trying to outwit one another. They said Chinua-Emu would be remembered for his resilience and commitment to service.

“Former Commissioner representing Ndokwa west in the Board of DESOPADEC invited Chinua-Emu for a meeting at his house, unknown to the deceased that the same man was hosting some cultists.

“More than 60 members of the Black Axe were at the meeting. But as Chinua-Emu drove out after the meeting, the cultists shot him.” the sources said.

An industrialist and Chairman of Tony Amechi Foundation (TAF), Chief Tony Amechi, said it is unfortunate that our ‘supposedly productive generation’ are killing each other while sensible youths elsewhere were working to better their tomorrow.”

Amechi urged the police and political leaders to arrest the culprits and prosecute them.

Police spokesman Onome Onovwakpoyeya said investigation has begun.

In a post on Sunday on a social media, Commissioner of Police Hafiz Inuwa condemned the killing and appealed for calm.

Inuwa wrote: “ I write to express my deepest condolences on the death of Austine. He was with me in my office till Friday evening and we planned to meet this week again. We laughed and had fruitful discussions that day before enemies of the state snuffed life out of him yesterday.

“Please nobody should take the law into his/her hands. I assure you that those who murdered our friend and working colleague will know no peace until they are arrested, investigated and eventually charged to court. Austine deserves justice and those who perpetrated the act must be brought to justice.”

Gentle Humans to Potential Killers; Understanding the Reasons Behind Child-Cultism

Source: https://newswirengr.com/2020/12/01/gentle-humans-to-potential-killers-understanding-the-reasons-behind-child-cultism/

Backstory

The number of Lagos cultists is increasing, but a lot of them are young boys. Gradually, these young boys lose their innocence and become potential killers. 

Here is a 3 month’s investigative story into why and how children become cultists. 

To gather the information you will read in this story, NewsWireNGR had to promise the interviewed cultists anonymity. 


“Yes, it happened when I was 13 years old. I was just in SS (Senior Secondary school) 1 when they gave me ‘my birthday cake’ and initiated me into the Aiye confraternity” Musa Abdullah* says as he leans back on the dark blue sofa. 

Now 17 years old, his face under the brownish grey face cap looks soft and round, his body stands tall, thin and frail. He talks with a measured accent that makes one wonder if he truly lives in Agege ghetto. 

Some minutes before he started the interview with NewsWireNGR, he declined an offer to drink alcohol and only requested an energy drink to digest the stick of weed he smoked before the interview. As a Muslim and Hausa guy, “drinking alcohol is haram,” he says. 

The energy drink is presently halfway. He bends forward to take a sip and continues his why cultism story. 

“People who did this game (cultism) used to bully me in school. They would collect my money and foodstuff. I thought of what I would do to stop the bullying. I spoke with some friends and they told me to join their own cult group, that I should not join the others. 

So I made the decision and joined the black axe. It was in my secondary school compound that I was initiated.” 

Born to a family of four in Lagos, Nigeria, Musa had spent a lot of his schooling years in Ikeja. He went to Shogunle Primary school at Ikeja and went to a public secondary school. But at JSS 2, his school was demolished, so his parents sent him to Ghana to continue his education. 

It was in the boarding school in Ghana, a foreign land with limited guidance and protection, that he became the subject of constant bullying by a gang of deviant boys. 

Being continuously oppressed frustrated him, but talking it out would not work. He had to match them violence for violence; so this led him to the quest to seek power and liberate himself. 

He vividly remembers the last bully incident that pushed him to the wall.  “They collected my 10 cedes. I was going somewhere that day and they were with their full squad, so they just collected the money. I could not do anything.  Other students too were passing by but there was nothing they could do too.”

The initiation process to become a cultist is a deathtrap for a ‘regular’ like Musa. There is a special phase where the cultists slap, punch, beat the initiate with sticks, cut him with a blade, inflict him with bodily injuries and make him do life-threatening activities like passing the devil’s passage. 

For a frail Musa, this should be a turnoff, as he could die during the process. But he was too determined to be one. He bribed the initiators with his foodstuff and money so they did not make him go through much torture.

“They only touched me small, they slapped me and cut me with new razor blades to give me some marks. Those marks are my birthday cake.

If you meet a cultist and you relate, he will tell you to identify yourself and show him your birthday cake, just show him the mark and tell him it is your birthday cake.”

Living as a cultist

Having returned to Nigeria in 2017, Musa joined a network of other cultists and discovered the game is more than what it was in Ghana. 

In Ghana, cultism was a mere child’s play among deviant boys, but in Nigeria, it is a culture of terror, crimes, unquestioned loyalty and deep secrecy.  You can get a compulsory call at 1:00am to go for an operation that requires you to kill or get killed, your gang members will endanger you whenever they start their regular gang clashes and you always live with a fear that a gun can go through your head anytime. 

At the height of an inter-cult clash, a lot of deaths happened and a lot of Musa’s gang members were killed. Everyday on his WhatsApp status, he saw different ‘mad mad’ deaths. The gang has a WhatsApp group where they update their regular activities, and during that period, the reporter of the group just kept dropping gory pictures and videos of the members that ‘fall’ (died) in these cult wars. 

He remembers a video recording of a dead fine man in the East. He died a ‘useless death’, died without a head, and as people gathered around him in the Benz car, they cried for his mom and complained he died in this manner. 

This spate of killings troubled Musa. At 17, it was too early to die. 

He sought to end his involvement in the group. But he met a challenge- Cultists no dey retire. Once you are a Cultist, you remain one for life. 

From Higher Institutions to the streets

Cultism is no news in Nigeria. Its evolution is popularly traced to 1952 when now Professor Wole Soyinka and six others joined hands to form the ‘Pyrate Confraternity’ (a.k.a Sea Dogs) at the University of Ibadan. 

The group was created as a progressive and human right organisation against oppression from lecturers. 

Ever since then, the scope of mainstream cultism has changed. And what used to be a pro-student convergence has turned into a violent group that oppresses students, lecturers and society. 

It has manifested into many groups like Black axe, Eiye confraternity, Black beret, Vikings, Buccaneers and many others. 

This shift in focus has stripped the group of public sympathy it used to gain in previous years. And it has diluted the membership from higher institutions to the communities. 

“For youth gang clashes, we have gone past the threshold of tertiary institutions being the monopoly of recruitment centres. Right now, secondary schools are equally competing with universities for major areas of recruitment.” Confidence Owamninaemi, Security analyst at SBM Intelligence tells NewsWireNGR

In the interview he had with NewsWireNGR, he explains that as cultism extends beyond the higher institutions; it is normal to see the recruitment of young boys. 

“The median age in Africa is 19 and the life expectancy in Nigeria is 50 – 53. In the few years that I have studied crime pattern, almost all crimes have been committed by people under the age of 40 years with only minimal involvement in rape or domestic violence.”

Ifeoma Solanke, a Lagos Lawyer at Strachan Partners, believes that underage cultism has always been a feature among exuberance secondary school students from way back. She blames this on the declining moral standards ought to be maintained  by parents, teachers and religious leaders. 

This prism of moral decadence and the small-scale of these youngling operations have often made the society underlook their activities. So the bulk of law enforcement provisions and correction facilities have focused on adults. 

But circa 2011, a predominantly underage cultist group that would catch Lagos by storm was birthed by about 20 boys in Ajegunle. As reported by The Vanguard, the Awawa group was created to “checkmate and fight crime and criminality in the community.”  They even did this with the collaboration of security agents in the community. 

Barely within a year of its formation, some members broke out and turned on the purpose of its existence. They started to use it to commit various crimes.

Since 2011, the group has extended beyond the shores of Ajegunle and converged many delinquent boys in different parts of Lagos. 

From Ajegunle, Alimosho, Mushin, Iyana ipaja to Agege, it became a common sight to see these Awawa boys (and girls) of predominantly 13 – 22 years old swarm in large numbers. Their bleached face has a teardrop tattoo that shows a sign of allegiance.  

They are almost always high from taking intoxicants, and they walk around, armed with razor blades, snookers and different weapons. 

Giving the details of how they attack, Daniel Fayemi of Encomium magazine reported that “They operate mostly at night and they target dark roads where they split themselves strategically and wait for unsuspecting passersby. Only four of five of them usually make the first approach and ask their victim(s) to release all their belongings. Any attempt to resist is met with a swift, vicious attack by more members of the gang. They also burgle shops and rape.”

When they shot into prominence in 2012, the Police dealt with them, pushed them into the background and only reduced them to petty stealing, wayward lifestyle and small-scale violence. 

However, the group re-announced itself with a spate of violence and theft during the recent Covid-19 lockdown in April. From Ajegunle, Alimosho, Mushin to Agege, the group ransacked markets and attacked people’s homes with a swiftness and aggressiveness that showed that these groups have grown thick while we were not watching. 

The attacks sent different ripples of fear all over Lagos and social media, such that different communities had to form security units to protect themselves. These communities burned tyres and stayed awake at night to repel any incoming attacks. Together with the Police, the communities could arrest the boys and push them back to their caves. 

It is over seven months since the lockdown and the boys are back on their feet. On Friday, July 31st, they ambushed a resident of Ogba, Akilo community at around past 5am in the morning. The resident narrates that he had received a call from his boss to come meet him at Ogba. But within minutes of getting on the road, a group of Awawa boys ambushed him with dangerous weapons like machetes, blades and collected his phone and the N15,000 cash on him. Within minutes, another set of Awawa boys this time on motorcycles ambushed him but left him alone when they discovered he had been attacked by a previous group. 

This resident swiftly called a ‘strong man’ in his community. That person pulled a call through to the gang. The phone, a Samsung A8, had been sold for N25,000 (a new one sells for over N110,000) but he was lucky, he got his phone back and 10,000 out of his money. 

This is just one of the many attacks the group has committed since it mellowed in the lockdown. The group is reinforcing, regaining control and now, residents are worried that they are taking over the community once again. 

According to a resident that wants to be unnamed, they keep coming back after getting arrested. The Police arrest them, their families go to bail them. They arrest them again, and their friends, and clients go bail them every time. “I think the best thing for the community is for Law enforcement officers to kill their bosses in front of their parents’ home. This will send a lesson to others.” 

Seeing these U-18 cultists continuously return to the streets is disturbing. Residents are scared for their safety, these boys know no other thing than violence and the more they stay visible, the more they recruit and cause further harm to the community. This has rightly placed more pressure on the security officials. 

The problem of child cultism is a unique one and the hands of these law enforcement officers are somewhat tight because “In a sane environment, you cannot send someone below 18 to jail or prison,” says Confidence Owamninaemi. “And not every state has juvenile reform centres for these misguided youths. What happens If they are not killed by law enforcement is that they are thrown into adult jails, which in turn adds to the problem of the collapsing prison and its system we currently have.” 

 Ifeoma says that anyone above the age of seven has criminal culpability but they cannot be put in jail. They can only be put in juvenile homes and the penalty would be subject to the pleasure of the Governor. They are either taken to the Juvenile home or institutions. 

Child cultism does not seem to mellow anytime soon, but as the security agencies and everyone seeks creative ways to put an end to this menace, it is important to understand why these children become cultists in the first place. 

Children are presumed to be pure, innocent, incapable of committing crimes, occupied with fun and not exposed to the survival needs that burdens adults. 

But when these children become delinquent and form groups to cause crimes, it is important we understand the reasons they join these associations and the factors behind why these associations exist in the first place. 

At 13, Musa had to become a cultist so he could ward off bullying. Temi*, 21, said he became a cultist at 19 because his favourite artiste is a cultist. Femi*, 18, joined at 17  because his favourite colour is black and Seun* joined because his favourite gang is the black axe. 

Musa recalls that immediately he joined the black axe in secondary school, his social currency changed. People who took him for granted started respecting him. He would easily become angry at the slightest provocation and take it up against the person. He would beat people up, collect their provisions and money in school. 

He continues to reap the benefits of being in the game as he survives the street. If he has a financial problem, he calls on one of his ‘brothers’ to help him. “There is this brother that occasionally houses and feeds me and some guys for free in Egbeda. The only reason he does this is because we all belong to the same cult group.”

Segun Bello*, a 25-year-old that has been a cultist since 18, says the game is sweet. “If you are a cultist and you are in trouble in a community, all you have to do is shout ‘abrakaa’, as long as there is a (Eiye) cultist there, you will get some help. “For example,” he continues, “there is a ‘dove’ that watches over me everywhere I go. He is outside this place and watching us here as we stay here.” 

Yemi Balogun*, a 30-year-old cultist who joined the Aiye axe men at 22 years old, says being a cultist is one of the best decisions he has made in life. They have a strong sense of brotherhood that extends beyond the ties of friendship and “No matter how bad the situation, they will stand by you.”

“Even though you are dying or in London or anywhere in the world and you have some issues, they have their way of reaching out and it can be someone that you have not seen before that will come and meet you. 

If you are broke, or you are locked somewhere, just call your people. They support a lot and there is nothing that is about to happen that they will not let you know” 

Yemi continues that people also join the game cultists because of social currency. The game is a huge network of a lot of successful people we see on TV. A lot of big men, politicians, A-list artistes and sportsmen belong to one cultist group or the other. To be close to them, transact business with them or learn their success secrets, you must surpass the quotidian relationship surface and enjoy the brotherhood that game brings. 

Sunday Rahman*, a 17-year-old and an Awawa boys gang member said he joined the group because they are the group that gave him an identity. Him joining the cult was natural because they are everywhere in his neighbourhood and his older friends were in the group prior to him joining. 

These benefits and self-convincing reasons they believe are worth the few life-threatening risks that happen in the game. 

It does not matter that a bullet can go off their head anytime, Yemi says everyone will die someday. It does not matter that they constantly fear a strange face might be a law enforcement officer, “it’s all part of the game,” Musa believes. It does not matter that they can be asked to treat “their family members fuckup”, Segun says discipline is a cardinal point and  ‘anybody who fuck up must be taken off’. It does not matter that they have to live in secrecy all their lives. And it does not matter that they have to follow any order given by a senior because “autocracy is supreme and you must obey who fly before you.”

The way out

“Can you let your child become a cultist?” 

“No,” Musa cuts in as he readjusts his cap. 

“I have been there but I want him to have peace of mind. If you recall, you would notice that I did not move close to you at first when we were coming here. I thought you were a Police Officer who had disguised to rat us. 

 As I sit with you, if I receive a call from some people to go on a mission, I have to leave here without any excuses, even if I am with my mom or it’s 1am in the morning.” 

Having spent over 4 years in the game,  17-year-old Musa believes it is time he got his life together and hustled a legitimate means of income. 

There is no resignation in cultism, but he is gradually reducing his involvement. He no longer flies the group’s colours, he no longer celebrates the symbolic 7-7 day, and he runs from where fellow ‘Egede’ men gather. 

When asked if resignation was possible in the game, Yemi Balogun the 30-year-old cultist says it’s  impossible. But a cultist that wants to reduce involvement to the barest minimum can move away from the area where his secret is known. 

“Matthew 17:21” is the reply Confidence gives to these children leaving the cultist groups. Matthew 17:21 reads ‘However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.’ 

The freewill to leave cultism lies in the hands of these children, but the society has to work out a means to stop the next generation from toeing this wrong lane.  

Confidence opines that Child cultism problem reflects our activities as a society. 

“To be candid, kids need better role models. Not Naira Marley. Not Hushpuppi. Not Ateke Tom or Soboma George. As a society, we need to do better by refusing to idolize criminals and rewarding bad behaviours and their perpetrators like MC Oluomo and Kunle Poly with public offices.” 

“The government also needs to do better by improving the lot of youths economically. If I am to engage in this line of thought about how the government (state and federal) has killed youth innovation, thereby driving them to despair and ruin. Youth unemployment is soaring, and the government is not making it better by obnoxious policies such as Okada Ban and the new tax introduced by NIPOST.

These young ones find succor and hope among dangerous people, and that is the effect of what you are seeing. Ask the repentant Boko Haram members what drove them to pick up arms against the state. You will see exactly what I am saying.”

Police Foil Cult Initiation In Delta, Arrest 24 Suspects, Two Teenagers

Source: https://aljazirahnews.com/police-foil-cult-initiation-in-delta-arrest-24-suspects-two-teenagers-2/

Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba

Police detectives attached to Olona Police Division in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday evening foiled cult initiation in the area and arrested twenty four suspects ( 24) including two teenagers inside the bush of Obomkpa community, a neighbouring area.

The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Onicha- Olona Police Division,CSP Chidi Usulor who confirmed this incident to our correspondent in Asaba, said that the police detectives in working partnership with Anti- Cult Vigilante group on intelligence gathering, swooped on the suspects inside a thick forest of Obomkpa community where they were assembled for membership of the Neo Black Movement popularly known as” Blackaxe” , adding that the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

Sources said that the alleged cultists were supposed to be new set of membership of Blackaxe confraternity in Obomkpa and Olona Communities, a working process allegedly ahead of Delta Local Government elections slated for next year 2021.

Recall that anti- cult vigilante group had last week in the area arrested some group of teenagers inside Olona community with battle axes after confessioning to be members of the” Blackaxe confraternity” allegedly recruited to make lives unbearable for rival cult group called “Vikkings confraternity”who have been terrorizing the entire Olona and Obomkpa communities in the last six months.

Police Commissioner in the state, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa had also, during a media briefing, two weeks ago told Journalists that no fewer than 73 suspected hoodlums which included cultists were arrested across the state, particularly in Ibusa, Uvwian Aladja, Ughelli, among others during massive raid to different areas in the state 

His words:” We have arrested no fewer than 73 suspected hoodlums including Cultists at different areas of the state during massive raid, and we have interrogated the suspects who confessed to members of Vikkings and Blackaxe confraternities who were terrorizing the state in the recent times. We shall take them to court after completion of investigation”.

But CSP Chidi Usulor speaking further, said that it was made possible to arrest the suspects in collaborative efforts of the vigilante group operating in the area, a situation he immediately mobilized his officers to the scene inside Obomkpa community bush where they were about carrying out their initiation, and disrupted the process and arrested 24 suspects including two teenagers, while others escaped into the bush, disclosing that the suspects had been transferred to the police headquarters for further investigation.

CSP Chidi Usulor however warned that his administration as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Onicha-Olona Police Division will not tolerate any form of criminality during and after the yuletide period, and called on the youths in the area to be engaged in meaningful venture that will earn them good reputation, rather than engaging in cultism and its related activities.

“I am going to make lives unbearable for hoodlums operating in the areas, particularly in Obomkpa and Olona communities during this festive season.I warn that the hoodlums should rather relocate elsewhere or face my wrath. Men and officers of Olona Police Division are ready to ensure peaceful celebrations in this yuletide period”CSP Chidi Usulor declared.

Cultists murder eight persons, burn houses of rival group in Ughelli

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