Film documenting the NBM’s involvement in human trafficking and the subsequent prostitution.
Ibor Usani, nicknamed ‘defence minister’ and the alleged mastermind of several armed robberies and gang activities in Ugep, has been arrested, police in Cross River say.
He was paraded alongside nine other suspects arrested few days after the state’s new police commissioner Sikiru Akande, assumed office.
He told journalists at his state command on Diamond Hill Calabar that upon his posting to the state, he immediately studied all the available security information about the state.
Ibor confessed that he was nicknamed “defence minister” due to his dexterity at arrangements and poise during given operations.
“Many times I am the one mandated by my group to launch out strategies. Often we succeed when I performed,” he said.
Two of the suspects–Omini Obiang Eteng and Ikpi Oden Patrick–were picked up after a report by the youth leader of Ijiman in Ugep that they were in possession of firearms.
The commissioner said one kidnap and cultism kingpin, better known as Romance, was arrested in collaboration with Operations Akpagwu.
He is said to have confessed to belonging to the Black Axe gang.
Akande said he is in the state to clean it up of crimes and solicited support from journalists and other citizens, promising to smoke out suspects from their hideouts.
“We will secure the state with every energy at our disposal,” he said.
Eight suspected cultists have been caught by the police in different parts of Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State for murder. The suspected cultists were members of Eiye and Aiye cult groups who were allegedly involved in the death of a notorious cultist, popularly known as Ofada.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this on Monday in a statement.
Oyeyemi said the Command on Sunday clamped down on members of cult groups who embarked on a supremacy battle in Ifo Area of the state.
He said the supremacy battle claimed the life of one of them simply identified as Ofada who was shot dead by rival cultists.
According to Oyeyemi, a distress call was subsequently made to the police in Ifo Division Headquarters and the DPO, CSP Adekunle Adeniyi quickly led his men to the scene where they met two others with gunshot injuries.
He said, “The DPO and his men subsequently moved and traced the rampaging cultists to Iyana Coker Area where three amongst them namely: Soji Olamilekan, 29, Shobande Olalekan, 26, and Solomon Fadebi 33, were arrested.
“On interrogation, they informed the police that other members have fled to Osuke area of Onipanu Ota where they were planning to launch another round of attack.
“Based on the information, the DPO Onipanu Division was contacted and he quickly moved to Osuke area where he met a group of cultists holding a meeting in a bush.
“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but they were hotly chased and with the assistance of the youths in the area, four amongst the cultists, Balogun Oluwaseun, 22, Joseph Onwe, 24, Peter Raphael, 22, and Yusuf Emmanuel, 26, were apprehended.
Oyeyemi further said while the investigation was going on, information got to the police that one of the cultists was seen receiving treatment for a gunshot injury in Arobiye Village Ota.
He said the DPO Onipanu swiftly moved in there and got the suspect, 22-year-old Toheeb Olorunkemi, arrested.
The PPRO said, “He confessed to participating in the Ifo crisis where he received gunshot injury.”
Recovered from the arrested suspects are one locally made pistol, six live cartridges, four different types of handsets, one black beret and a small bag.
“The corpse of the slain cultist has been recovered and taken to the general hospital mortuary Ifo, while the injured ones have been taken to the same general hospital for medical care.”
He said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
The PPRO added that the CP also directed a serious manhunt for the remaining members of the groups in order to put their notorious activities to a permanent end.
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If I paid someone to dismantle a shed in my garden and they took away 16 pieces of wood and left hundreds of pieces still standing… I’d argue they hadn’t in fact dismantled anything.
At least 16 people were arrested by Italian police on Tuesday after dismantling a Nigerian Mafia drug ring in the northern city of Trento, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
In their report, Italian police said they had carried out 20 raids in the regions of Trentino, Veneto and Lombardy, as part of the operation, dubbed ‘Underground’. An operation that made it possible to dismantle the gang that controlled drug trafficking in Trento. The 16 people arrested are drug dealers who “shuttled” between Trento and Venice for supplies
According to ANSA, drug trafficking and distribution were managed by a Nigerian woman, Agho Isoken Tina, alias Mama T. She would have been assisted by her son and her sister-in-law. The gang is said to have used prostitutes, one of the basic activities of the Nigerian mafia, to sell their goods. For the commander of the flying squad of Trento, Tommaso Niglio, who led the operation, most of the clients of his gangs represent asylum seekers who risk their lives in search of their daily fix. Half a kilogram of cocaine and heroin was also seized during the raid.
The Nigerian Mafia or the ” Black Ax”
Born in the footsteps of Cosa Nostra (Sicilian mafia) and Camorra (Naples mafia), the Nigerian mafia has taken up residence in southern Italy. Long subordinated to the Sicilian mafia where it managed the prostitution, drugs and human trafficking market, it gradually stood out especially after the birth of the ” Black Ax”, a network born in Nigeria and then exported to Italy. It is a well-structured organization, with international links, in Europe [notably in Nantes] and in the United States.
Against the incessant cult clashes in Ogun State of recent, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has said that the state police command would not hesitate to unleash its full arsenal against anyone who has decided not to allow the state to continuing enjoying peace across its 20 local governments.
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun made this declaration on Tuesday while engaging youths, community leaders and security stakeholders in Ijebu over the need to find lasting solution to the problem of cult clashes around Ijebu Ode and its environs said to have claimed about 25 lives in the last one month.
He urged them to cooperate with the police in its fight against cultism.
Ajogun, who met with the stakeholders at the Ijebu Area Command, Igbeba in Ijebu Ode, shortly after parading eleven suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity before newsmen, said the “battle of supremacy” between rival cult groups had claimed no fewer than 25 lives.
He expressed his dismay at the incessant clashes in the town, declaring the police command would come all out against the culsits, not only in Ijebu Ode but everywhere in Ogun state.
The CP said the command had worked to curtail the violent activities of both Eiye and Aiye groups by confronting them heavily, which led to the death of a a member on the 29th of December, 2020.
He stated that no fewer that sixteen persons had been arrested in the last one month, while assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
According to him, some of the suspects are currently undergoing prosecution for the offences of attempted murder, murder, robbery and cultism.
Ajogun, who said the successes recorded by Ogun State Police Command in restoring calm to Ijebu Ode area, was truncated on January 9, 2021 when one Michael Jayeola, a member of Black Axe, was shot dead and had his right arm severed at Ijebu Mushin market, declared that police would engage cultists “fire-for-fire” in the state.
“I therefore want to sound a note of warning to all the leaders, rank and file members, counsellors and procurers of cultists, others who are nursing the ambition of joining them, that the command is all out for you all. We are determined; we are battle ready. Henceforth, any person, cultist or not, found with weapon, or displaying weapon in the public, or using same to maim or kill in Ijebu Ode metropolis, Ijebu Ode environs, indeed in any part of the state, will be dealt with in the most decisive manner.
“It would be fire-for-fire, and whoever is arrested, will be made to face appropriate charges, including attempted murder, murder, armed robbery and kidnapping. This warning is for all the youths and parents in Ijebu Ode and its environs in particular and to the general public at large.
“All hands must be on deck to checkmate the disturbing activities of these hoodlums, which is portraying Ijebu Ode and its environs in bad light. No cult group will be permitted to derail the town from path of peace, progress and advancement”. The CP stated.
While commending the state governor, Dapo Abiodun for providing logistics and support to the police in tackling the menace of cultism and other violent crimes, Ajogun called for the cooperation of members of the public by providing useful information to the police in fight against insecurity in the state.
The CP later visited some cultists’ flashpoints in Ijebu Ode to sensitise youths and community leaders on the dangers of aiding and abbeting cult groups.
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At least four persons have been confirmed dead at the seaside of Kweme, Pengbon Community in Seme border area of Badagry West Local Council Area of Lagos State.
Information made available to our correspondent by the Baale of the Pengbon Community, Chief Ayeleso Ganjo, stated that the clash which broke out between the rival cult groups on Monday in the area has left four people dead as at Tuesday, January 12th, 2021.
The Baale said the clash allegedly occured between two rival outlawed cult groups , Black Axe Confraternity also known as Aye and the Air Lords also known as Eiye.
The deceased persons include Agossu Daniel 20, Ayewa Amaniel 21 and two others who are yet to be identified.
“Its unfortunate that much is not being done to help our people here. This is a border community where government generates revenue.
“Activities of these cult groups are increasing by the day. Last year, I arrested one of the deceased persons Agossu Daniel with ammunition in his pocession and handed him over to the police, till today i cannot say of what happened of that case at the police.
“Last year 2020, i wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, drawing his attention to the rising cases of criminality in this border community.
“KIllings and all sorts of criminality happen in this area from time to time without any action by the government agencies to put to check further occurrence.
“The families of the victims of this present case like we regularly experience it here are presently perfecting arrangements to hurriedly pick their dead bodies for burial,” said Ganjo.
A call and text message to the Police Public Relations Officer of Lagos State, Superintendent Olumuyiwa Adejobi were yet to be responded to as at the time of filing this report.
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In furtherance to my last message, where I mentioned that all officials of our movement who engage in illicit/illegal dealings which includes but not limited to : Drug and human trafficking, Prostitution racketeering, Graft etc should immediately drop the offices they occupy upon discovery of their involvement in any of the above listed,for avoidance of doubt and clarity purpose I reiterate that the instruction must be adhered to..
Again,the above is not limited to just people in Europe but everywhere in the world where we have operational regions and zones which includes Asia, North America, Southern Africa, Uk/IRL as well as all zones in Nigeria.Egypt is not left out.
The order is effective immediately and I will deal ruthlessly with anyone who attempts to circumvent the whole in any way,manner or form.