The black mafia and human trafficking, the note by Pasquale Iorio and “Le Piazze del Sapere”

Source: https://www.urbanews.it/senza-categoria/la-mafia-nera-e-la-tratta-umana-la-nota-di-pasquale-iorio-e-di-le-piazze-del-sapere.html

(Translated by Google Translate…)

In some books and researches the most disturbing aspects of a phenomenon that threatens and pollutes the lands of the Domitian coast have been analyzed in recent years: that of the black mafia of violent Nigerian clans (often also Ghanaians and other African ethnic groups). In particular, we refer to Sergio Nazzaro’s essays on the “ Nigerian mafia ”, published by Città Nuova in 2019; to the emblematic writings of Leonardo Palmesano , collected in the volume “ Ascia nera. The brutal intelligence of the Nigerian mafia ”; to other journalistic inquiries such as that of Amalia De Simone in the Corriere della Sera (and others). From all these investigations a dramatic and disturbing picture emerges, on which so far there has been little attention on the part of the state organs and Caserta institutions, which continue to ignore the problem. Instead, it would be appropriate to intervene to stem this drift, in which a wicked pact is combined between the endogenous Camorra (that of the Casalesi) and foreign mafias, in this case of an African brand. This is especially true in an area such as that of the Domitian coast, with a major problem emerging starting from Castel Volturno, in a piece of the province of Caserta, which the State is still unable to control and bring back to legality. Sergio Nazzaro and Palmesano himself, who continues to investigate the new crime and does so with his lucid and relentless style like the mafias he meets on his journey to hell. In fact, in his book he tackled sexual slavery and human trafficking by meeting one of the most dangerous organizations in recent years. They call it Black Ax, Black Ax, and was born in the seventies at the University of Benin City, Nigeria, as a fraternity of students. At first it was a gang halfway between a religious association (they call them cults) and a criminal gang, which establishes initiation rites and requires its affiliates to wear a headdress, a beret with a skull and two crossbones, like the symbol of the corsairs. Today, however, it is a new mafia and the tentacles of this organization have also arrived in Italy, where the Nigerian bosses have begun to dictate the law in the suburbs of our cities. After “Ghetto Italia” and “Mafia Caporale” Leonardo Palmisano concludes his trilogy on exploitation with ” Black Ax”, a field investigation made up of meetings and interviews with the victims and executioners of a ruthless organization that is becoming one of the most concrete threats to the security of our country. The aberrant and violent logic of the trafficking of Nigerian child prostitutes who arrive in Italy on migrant boats is described in detail. From Libya to the Domitian coast on the border between Lazio and Campania: forced into prostitution to pay off the debt of the trip to Italy. «The age of Nigerian women on the street is getting lower. Criminal organizations want younger and younger girls: they are more attractive on the sex market ”. As Amalia De Simone told us on the Corriere della Sera already in 2017, there is a road about 40 km long where humanity is suspended. It is a line that separates the land and the sea between Lazio and Campania. Her name is Domiziana and walking along it you meet hundreds of mainly Nigerian girls, forced into prostitution. Many of them are underage girls. For years, many little women have been arriving in this area at the same time as the migrants landed. Like B. who looks 14 at all. Slim, with a body that is not yet that of a woman, large eyes. A photography artist, Giovanni Izzo , noticed it who has been searching the Domiziana for some time, writing down the numbers of girls who seem smaller to him to report to social workers. With her there was another girl, perhaps even smaller, of whom we have lost track. Usually a matron is the one who initiates hundreds of Nigerian girls into sex slavery, one who must be obeyed under penalty of curses and misfortunes foreseen in voodoo rites. The axis that starts from Nigeria and reaches the streets of our cities is linked by a series of rituals in which the maman constitutes that macabre glue that forces hundreds of girls into prostitution. This is also demonstrated by one of the latest operations, not surprisingly called “maman”, carried out by the Guardia di Finanza of Palermo. Young women, lured at home and made to arrive in Italy with the promise of a stable and dignified life, they are literally handed over to the matron: it is to her that they must obey, it is to her that they must submit without many conditions. In many cases, these children end up being slaughtered fodder, being used to supply and feed the macabre market for human organs. And this is the most repellent aspect for us, on which for a certain phase there was also attention from the national press (which has now faded). The disturbing figure of In many cases, these children end up being slaughtered fodder, being used to supply and feed the macabre market for human organs. And this is the most repellent aspect for us, on which for a certain phase there was also attention from the national press (which has now faded). The disturbing figure of In many cases, these children end up being slaughtered fodder, being used to supply and feed the macabre market for human organs. And this is the most repellent aspect for us, on which for a certain phase there was also attention from the national press (which has now faded). The disturbing figure of on which for a certain phase there was also attention from the national press (which has now faded). The disturbing figure of on which for a certain phase there was also attention from the national press (which has now faded). The disturbing figure of maman it is strategic, to them the Nigerian criminal organizations entrust the success of shady deals, when unfortunately there is the increasingly flourishing market of prostitution. Not only in Italy, but also abroad it works like this: wherever there is the hand of the mafia in the most populous African country, there is always a maman who acts as the true “mistress” of enslaved girls. Years ago the video of a ritual of “entrusting” a young Nigerian girl to a maman in Dubai caused a sensation: the woman is without clothes in front of the camera, the voice of the maman is heard who questions her stating that every penny earned must be given to her, until she repays the debt owed to leave Nigeria. Circumstances very similar to those encountered in Italy: women, often organic to the brotherhoods of the Nigerian mafia, they force the victims to prostitute themselves on the street and in case of lack of obedience, the dramatic specters of violence against family members in Nigeria or voodoo rites are evoked. In fact, the criminal organization pays for the trip from the African country and organizes the crossings of the desert and the Mediterranean, then in Italy it is the maman who does the rest of the work until the girls pay off the debt. But even in that case, freedom does not appear to be taken for granted: it is difficult for young women to free themselves from their tormentors. Only in a few cases in Italy there is the report of the victims, in other contexts it is the work of the Police to unmask the organization. But the recovery of the women who suffer these real tortures is not easy. Their ordeal, as mentioned, starts from Nigeria: here they are recruited from girls in difficulty and attracted with promises of work and a stable life towards Europe. It is often too late when young women realize the trap. The figure of the maman appears increasingly on the rise, functional to the shady business of the deeply rooted Nigerian mafia. An alarm that is also of a social nature: if the role of mamans is growing, it is because the prostitution market is increasingly on the rise. A sign of a certain degradation within society: if the number of enslaved women coming from Nigeria is increasing, it is because the number of Italian customers who obviously do not ask themselves (or pretend not to know) what lies behind the phenomenon of prostitution is increasing.connection house ”, most of them are houses, often abandoned, or illegally occupied and rented by compliant premises. For some time we have asked the Prefect of Caserta – now we also turn to the Minister of the Interior and the judicial bodies – to intervene to prevent and repress this phenomenon not worthy of a civilized and modern country. Among other things, it takes little to identify these inhumane places, also through the control of the irregular traffic of vehicles and minibuses – very often driven by the same showy maman – which cross on the Domiziana and on the avenues of the coast of Castel Volturno and Baia Domizia).

Four cultists arrested in Ogun during supremacy battle

Source: https://www.flowerbudnews.ng/four-cultists-arrested-in-ogun-during-supremacy-battle/

Four suspected members of Aye and Eiye Confraternities were arrested by operatives of the Ogun State command on Saturday, July 17 during a supremacy battle.

The suspects – Olusegun Owoola, 26; Gbenga Akinkade, 34; Jinadu Waliu, 30 and Sanni Hammed 27 were arrested in the Atan Ota area of the state.

The Divisional Police Officer, Atan Ota Division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu, had received information that the two groups were on the rampage at Hotel Road area, Atan Ota, and that there were sporadic gunshots in the area.

He mobilized his men and moved to the scene where they met the two groups engaging each other in serious gun battle.

The policemen there and then engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them, at the end of which four cultists were apprehended.

Recovered from them are one locally made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, iron rod and assorted charms.

The Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Cultistm section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also warned that the command would not tolerate any act of brigandage and hooliganism, and would do everything within the law to eradicate it.

Police Arrest Over 110 Suspected Cultists, Armed Robbers In Delta

Source: https://independent.ng/police-arrest-over-110-suspected-cultists-armed-robbers-in-delta/

UGHELLI – As parts of its drive to rid the state of crimes, the police in Delta State have arrested over one hundred armed suspected cultists and armed robbers at different locations in the state.

In a press release by the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, stated that the cultists were arrested on 15/7/2021 at about 2050hrs, by the RRS team of the police while on visibility patrol along Ibusa-Ogwashi-Uku – Issele-Azagba road after Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic.

He explained that the RRS team received information that a group of suspected cultist came out from the bush with intent to cause mayhem, and the police team quickly swung into action but the suspected cultists who were armed on sighting the police, quickly retreated back to the bush.

” But the police did not relent, they chased them into the bush, and there was exchanged of gun fire, the hoodlums who could not withstand the firepower of the police threw away one AK 50 rifle with breach No. NA48333 containing a full loaded magazine with nineteen rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition and escaped.

“Also, a cult initiation process was foiled by SACU operatives who acted on intelligence information that there will be cult initiation in Ogume community in Ukuani Local Government Area of Delta state.

“SACU operatives stormed the bush at night, and successfully arrested over 28 suspect. Eight suspected Aiye confraternity cult members were also arrested in Warri. Further investigation and the confessional statement of one of the suspects led to the arrest of one Lucky Eluagu (m) alias DJ Lucky age 27years of old Okpe Street Jeddo in Okpe Local Government Area.

“The suspect confessed being a valid member of Aye confraternity. Exhibit recovered from him includes a face cap with black axe logo.

In a related development on the 13/7/2021 at about 1630hrs, the police in Oviwan-Aladja division acting on a distress call that some armed robbers were at a bush bar in Otor-Udu, consequently, they swiftly deployed patrol teams to the scene, on sighting the police, they attempted to escape in a motorcycle, they were chased by the patrol teams, two of the suspects escaped while one was arrested.

“On Searching, the suspect, Umukoro Collins was in possession of a black bag, on searching the bag, one (1) locally made pistol and one (1) live cartridge was recovered”.

Also, On 15/7/2021 at about 1745hrs, ‘B’ Division Warri patrol team while on stop and search at Igbudu area had an encounter with three (3) armed men gang suspected to be armed robbers.

“The gangs were armed with a locally made gun on sighting the Police, opened fire on the patrol team and on the process Police returned fire, one of them that was armed with a locally made gun was fatally injured while others escaped.

“One locally made gun, one live cartridge and one (1) expanded cartridge were recovered. Effort is ongoing to track down the fleeing suspects.

Men of the Eagle-Net Special Squad operatives while on stop and search same day at Otukutu junction, Ughelli South Local Government Area, sighted two young men, the suspects on sighting the police attempted to run but were given a hot chase by the police which led to the arrest of one Mohammed Umar ‘m’ 18yrs of Raba LGA of Sokoto State and Aliyu Abubakar ‘m’ 20yrs of Danko Wasagu LGA of Kebbi State.

The police discovered that one of them sustained a broken arm and injuries on his back which crave suspicion, after a thorough search on the said suspects, one live cartridge, one mini Techno phone, three thousand naira (N3,000), some sticks of cigarettes and one lighter was found in their possession.

Rival Cults Kill Six Persons In Delta

Source: http://saharareporters.com/2021/07/14/rival-cults-kill-six-persons-delta

The last victims killing believed to have been retaliatory attacks, as they were suspected to be members of Black Axe Confraternity.

t least six persons have been killed as hoodlums suspected to be cultist clashes between Monday and Tuesday in different locations of Asaba in Delta State.

The last victims killing believed to have been retaliatory attacks, as they were suspected to be members of Black Axe Confraternity.

A source said that an Asaba-based Surveyor known as Ifeanyi who was one of the victims was mowed down at about 7pm on Monday, at a street opposite the Stephen Keshi Stadium, along the popular Nnebisi Road.

Another victim, a middle-aged man whose identity could not be ascertained, was reportedly beheaded at the early hours of Tuesday. His severed head was deposited at Otuogwu area in the metropolis, while the body was said to have been recovered where it was staked behind Oshimili South Council Secretariat. The source added.

Meanwhile, the Acting Public Relations Officer of the Delta Police Command, Bright Edafe, confirmed three people dead between Monday and Tuesday.

“The information we have here confirmed three killed and it is cult-related matter. The police are on the situation,” he stated.

It was learnt that there is fear and anxiety among residents in the town, while many youths have temporarily relocated because of the cult clash.

Police Arrest 1,320 Suspects, Recover 110 Arms In Lagos

Source: https://theinterview.ng/2021/07/14/police-arrest-1320-suspects-recover-110-arms-in-lagos/

The police in Lagos State said it arrested 1,320 suspects and recovered 110 arms between May 1 and July 13.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, revealed this at a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday.

Odumosu said that 125 ammunition of various calibres and eight stolen vehicles were also recovered.

Odumosu, who attributed the arrest to a recent establishment of some tactical units, added that the Command was also able to foil 46 cases of armed robbery within the period.

“Recently, the Command established some tactical units to conform with and tackle the new dimensions of social vices in the state. This paid off.

“Many cases that were recorded have been unraveled, while many suspects arrested have been prosecuted. Isolated cases of robbery in traffic have also been tackled.

“Due to the general appraisal of security in the state and robust intelligence gathering, the Command has embarked on constant raid at flash points, where miscreants, who terrorise innocent people hide.

“The idea is to be proactive and take the fight against crimes and criminality to their dens,” he said.

Giving a summary of the arrest, Odumosu said the suspects were raided at various locations across the state and many dangerous weapons as well as suspected hard drugs were recovered from them.

“In totality, from the month of May till date, the command arrested 66 suspected armed robbers, seventy two 72 suspected cultists and 47 murder suspects.

“The Command, within the period under review, was able to charge 151 suspects to court amongst whom were 15 cultists/armed robbers,” he said.

Odumosu said the July 7 Black Axe confraternity celebration was foiled with the pro-activeness of the Command and 12 cultists were arrested with four different arms recovered.

“The command has strategically harnessed all available means of having adequate and solid security system in Lagos State.

“These include constant engagement of the stakeholders, robust intelligence gathering, multi agency collaboration and incorporating forensic methods of investigating cases in the command.

“I wish to reiterate our determination and commitment to harness all available means of reducing crimes and social vices in Lagos,” he said.

Cult war claims 10 persons in Asaba

Source: https://www.blueprint.ng/cult-war-claims-10-persons-in-asaba/

No fewer than 10 persons have been killed in Asaba, Delta state, as rival cult groups, Aromate and black axe confraternities engaged in reprisal attacks.

There was palpable tension in Asaba metropolis especially the affected areas as fear gripped residents.

Details of the incident was sketchy as at press time but a reliable source said trouble trouble began following the brutal murder of one of their leaders.

In a renewed orgy yesterday, the suspected cultists unleashed more violence on Ibusa road, Asaba, killing one of the cultists.

It was gathered that the head was severed and displayed at the popular Coka junction, Ibusa road, Asaba.

It was also reported that one of their veteran was gruseomely murdered behind health center, opposite, Steven Keshi stadium, Asaba by the rival group.

Recalled that Chairman of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oshimili South local government area was killed by a rival group on Monday in Asaba.

The victim was shot dead on his way back from school runs as early as 7am, and also shot his wife at the hand side.The ex – NULGE Chairman popularly called “Searchmore” was shot dead in front of wife before shooting his wife at hand.”

An eyewitness had it that, “the man and his wife were in the vehicle coming back after dropping their children in the school.

According to him, “he was a revenue officer in the local government here in Asaba, he was on his way coming back together with his wife when the cultists shot at them around camp 74 area of Asaba, behind government house.

“The man died on the spot while his wife was rushed to hospital, were she was receiving treatment.

When contacted, the Police public relations officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe said three people have died so far in cult related matter.

PPRO however said several arrest have been made, but could not ascertain the number of cultists arrested.

Suspected 17-Yr-Old Drug Peddler, 8 Black Axe Cultists Nabbed In Delta

Source: https://tribuneonlineng.com/suspected-17-yr-old-drug-peddler-8-black-axe-cultists-nabbed-in-delta/

Operatives of the Nigeria Police, Delta State Command, have arrested a suspected 17-year-old drug peddler with 107 suspected drugs and eight members of the Aiye Black Axe Confraternity in Asaba and Warri axis of the state.

Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday.

He said the teenager, Esealuka Paul, was nabbed on July 8 by Operation Delta Hawk team along Cable Point Asaba with 68 sachets of dried weed suspected to be Indian hemp, 33 sachets of SK, six packs of Razler and one lighter.

According to him, the right suspected Black Axe cult members were rounded up on July 7 in spite of police warning against any congregation of cult groups to celebrate the day.

“On the  7/7/2021 at about 1400hrs, in line with Commissioner of police  directives on cult activities, bearing in mind that 7th July of every year is the day singled out by Aiye contratanity cult group to mark their day and also bring out their ugly faces thereby causing mayhem in the society.

“The Commissioner of Police, in his usual proactive ways, directed that all DPOs be on the lookout and  ensure that all their nefarious activities were checkmated.

“The DPO ‘A’ Division Warri, CSP T.Y Mahmud led men of the Divisional Rapid Respond Squad on visibility patrol, while on patrol, intercepted and  arrested one Oghenewaro Bebe ‘m’ 21yrs of No. 22 of Ughoton area in Okpe LG in a full regalia of Aiye Black Axe confraternity.

“The suspect confessed to be a member of the above cult group. He led the team to a bush bar at Jeddo which is their meeting point.

“At the bush bar, one live silver-like 7.63mm ammunition was recovered. Suspect further led the police to Ughoton community where one of the top leaders of the confraternity, Oritsetusem Fenemigho ‘m’ 29yrs, was arrested along with Weyinmi Onomakponi ‘m’ 35yrs, Emmanuel Edah ‘m’ 27yrs, Osro Etiosa ‘m’ 23yrs, Oshef  Benji ‘m’ 27yrs, Confidence Sunday ‘m’ 18yrs, Akintemeyin James ‘m’ 18yrs and Hope Agbogidi ‘f’ 25yrs.

“The following exhibits were recovered in the apartment: Two (2) locally  made pistol, one (1) battles axe, one (1) long cutlass, five (5) customized Aiye pillows, one (1) customized center table with Aiye logo, one (1) AK 47 expended ammunition, necklace used as body protection charm, two (2) HP Laptop, six (6) iphones, two (2) suspected stolen Lexus car keys, one (1) original and a duplicate copy.

“The said Oritseusen Fenemigho equally led the team to Idimi Osobo under Okere Urhobo where they recovered a suspected stolen car,” he narrated.

He quoted the Commissioner of Police, Ari Muhammed Ali, as thanking members of the public for their cooperation, urging parents and guardians to monitor and advise their wards against cultism.

One dead, scores injured as 7/7 cult celebration turns bloody in Benue

Source: https://dailypost.ng/2021/07/10/one-dead-scores-injured-as-7-7-cult-celebration-turns-bloody-in-benue/

A resident of Ugbokpo community in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State has been shot dead following a clash between rival cult groups in the area.

DAILY POST gathered that the incident happened when the Black Axe, a dreaded cult group was celebrating the “7/7 Confraternity Day” which is usually observed annually across the country.

An eye-witness who spoke to reporters on Saturday said, the two dangerous groups engaged each other in a gun duel which led to the death of one person while others were left injured.

The cult clash which lasted some hours was also said to have consumed the family home of late District Head of Ugbokpo and Clan Head of Adija, Chief Joseph Adama.

It was gathered that the incident aroused tension in the community and its environs over the fear of reprisal attacks.

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, AneneCatherine Sewuese said the command has not received any report on the matter.

1 dead, others injured as rival cult clash in Bayelsa

Imo Police Arrest Nekede Polytechnic Student And His Gang Member For Alleged Armed Robbery

Source: https://www.tori.ng/news/174630/imo-police-arrest-nekede-polytechnic-student-and-h.html

The police spokesperson said items recovered from Ebere’s house include an iPhone, a Bank ATM Card and a wrist watch belonging to Christopher Obilor.

The Nigeria Police Force, Imo State Command have arrested one Christopher Obilor, a suspected armed robber, a cultist and also a Higher National Diploma (HND ) student of Biochemistry in Federal Polytechnic Nekede,  whose gang has allegedly been terrorizing the Nekede community. 

A statement released by CSP Michael Abattam, spokesperson of the state police command today July 9, says the command’s tactical team while acting on an intelligence report, stormed the hideout of the suspect at Nekede Polytechnic Road Owerri,  Imo State where he was arrested.

”When his house was searched, a locally made cut to size double barrel gun, one short axe,  a saw blade and substance suspected to be hard drug were recovered. On interrogation, he confessed to his membership of the dreaded Black AXE confraternity and also a member of a robbery syndicate with an operational base in Nekede.” 
the police spokesperson said

Abattam added that on July 6, Obilor led the command’s tactical teams to the house of his accomplice who sold the gun to him at No.8 Naze road Umuoma in Owerri North LGA of Imo State where 27-year-old Ebere Michael aka “Dede “, of Agbaje Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State was arrested.

The spokesperson said items recovered from Ebere’s house include an IPhone, a Bank ATM Card and a wrist watch belonging to Christopher Obilor.

He added that an investigation is ongoing and efforts are on top gear to arrest the remaining members of the syndicate.