Court remands 3 for belonging to unlawful society


A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court 3 on Thursday, remanded three persons at the Federal Correctional Centre for alleged criminal conspiracy and membership of unlawful society, to wit, cultism.

The Magistrate, Ms Adah Odeh, ordered that all the accused be remanded at Correctional Centre pending the determination of the case.

The Prosecutor, Insp Rachel Mchiave, told the court that the case was received at the DZ Section SCID Makurdi through letter NO. CJ:4161/BNS/JTF/OPZ/VOL.1/439 on August 1.

Mchiave stated that men of Operation Zenda JTF led by ASP Usman Danlami while on surveillance patrol on Aug. 1, within Makurdi town, acted on a tip off and stormed one hideout around Welfare Quarters area in Makurdi where the  accused persons were arrested.

She said that the suspects are  Raphael Torna, 33,  known as Chemical, Terungwa Agulebe, 42, known as Don Wany, and Benedict Shakpende, 28, all of various addresses in Makurdi.

Mchiave said one axe was recovered from the suspects during the arrest.

She said that investigation was ongoing into the matter and requested the Court for time to complete it.

She said that all the accused had confessed to belonging to the Black Axe confraternity terrorising Makurdi town.

The prosecutor said the act contravened section 97 of the Penal Code of Benue State, 2004 and 11(2) of the Abduction, Hostage taking, kidnapping, secret cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Law.

No plea was, however, taken for want of jurisdiction when the case came up for mention.

The Magistrate then adjourned the case to Oct. 12,  for further mention.

One dead, three hospitalised in Delta cult clash


A 35-year-old man, Sunday Ojagbugbe has died during a rival cult clash in Otefe-Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, close to the Secretariat of the community which hosts one of the state polytechnics.

The deceased was indigenous to Otefe-Oghara, an area that is said to have recorded several deadly cult clashes in recent times.

Tuesday’s killing reportedly involved members of two rival cult groups, Black Axe and Vikings.

Findings revealed that the victim was shot dead around the community secretariat.

It was learnt that three suspects injured during the attack are currently hospitalised, while five others have been arrested by the police.

Following the incident, the management of the school, in a circular signed by its Registrar Umukoro Mudiaga, had directed students to vacate the campus for two weeks to ensure their safety.

But the school’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Clinton Sagboje told The Nation yesterday that the two-week break had nothing to do with the incident.

“Mid-Semester is a normal practice in the school academic calendar. As such, it has nothing to do with the alleged incident in Otefe Community,” Sagboje stated in a text message.

Two feared dead, Delta poly shut as suspected rival cults clash


Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara was, on Tuesday, shut for two weeks following the alleged killing of two persons by suspected rival cultists.

Otefe-Oghara is in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The two suspected rival cults, Black Axe and Vikings cult groups, were said to engage in a bloody clash leading to the killings.

A Higher National Diploma (HND) student, said the incident happened between 8:00 a.m and 9:00 a.m on Tuesday.

“We were in the class, as usual, waiting for our lecturer to come and take us for the day when we saw 10 well-dressed strange boys entering into the class.

“The way they were walking, was like they were looking for someone and when they didn’t see the person, they left and went into about three other classes before finally going to the cafeteria.

“It wasn’t up to five minutes when a guy ran into a building in the Business Admission Block.

“It wasn’t long when we heard that someone had been killed; though I didn’t go to the scene, I saw people bringing out the guy severely injured,” the female Business Administration student narrated.

Another student who witnessed the incident said that after chasing the boy to the block, they used a brick to smash his head.

“The injured boy was then rushed to the medical centre, but the astonishing thing was that the suspected guys freely walked out of the school gate majestically as if nothing had happened.

“When they brought the injured to the medical centre, instead of the nurses to attend to him, they were asking questions at the same time saying they should take him to the hospital, but before they got to the hospital, the guy had died.

“The guy is in Business Administration ND1,” the female student noted, decrying the parlous security state on the campus.

Further report gathered revealed that besides another person killed at another location in the community, one of the fleeing armed cultists was shot and another arrested by security operatives who arrived at the scene.

The shot suspected cultist is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, was on another call when our correspondent contacted, just as he was yet to respond to a WhatsApp message sent to his handle.

Meanwhile, following the tension building up in the Polytechnic community over heinous cult activities, the polytechnic management on Tuesday swiftly declared a two-week mid-semester break to save its students from further killing.

In a circular issued and signed by the Registrar of the institution, Umukoro Lawrence Mudiaga, the institution asked the students to immediately vacate the campus and return on September 14 to continue the semester.

He warned that any student still found loitering around the school campus during the break would be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.

More than 100 youths renounce cult membership in Ikorodu


The end of Badoo activities may be close in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State as more than one hundred youths  renounced their membership of cult groups in the area.

They also promised to join law enforcement agents to protect their land from those they described as invaders.

The youths said to be members of Eiye Confraternity,  Bucaneers and the Black Axe said after much deliberations they decided to publicly announce their resolve to quit cultism and all forms of criminality.

They promised not return to their former ways again and thanked the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for granting them amnesty.

The Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi while thanking the state governor and  the Lagos State Commissioner of Police for their commitment to ensuring that the state is rid of crime and violence, challenged the repentant youths to channel their energy towards driving criminals out of the area.

Cult Clash Claims 2 In Delta


Tension has mounted in Otefe-Oghara community, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State following the death of two persons in a cult clash.
The incident, which happened yesterday morning, was as a result of two rival cult groups, Black Axe and Vikings, in the community.

The indigenes and students of Delta State Polytechnic Oghara are said to be hiding in their homes and abandoned their hostels.
It was gathered that the two deceased are members of two rival cult groups. While one of the victims was shot dead around the community secretariat, the other victim was shot in another location within the community.

It was further learnt that one of the fleeing armed cultists was reportedly shot by security operatives and is said to be receiving treatment at undisclosed hospital, while another suspected cultist have been arrested by the police.

Sources said the polytechnic management had also declared a two-week mid-semester break to avoid students being victims of the raging cult clash in the community.

Otefe-Oghara is the hometown of former Governor James Ibori and host community to Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Niger Delta University and other institutions. The state police public relations officer, Bright Edafe confirmed the development.

Naples, exponent of the Nigerian mafia “Black Ax” arrested


(translated into English via Google translate)

NAPLES – The carabinieri of the radio-mobile nucleus of Naples arrested Godspower Ighoyiwi, 38-year-old from Qualiano, a native of Nigeria, carrying out a measure issued by the investigating judge of the court of L’Aquila. The man is considered a serious suspect of mafia association and computer fraud. Investigations by the prosecutor revealed his participation in the Nigerian criminal organization known as Black Ax, dedicated to international drug trafficking, money laundering and computer fraud. The 38-year-old was checked in via Stefano delle Chiaie, in the San Carlo all’Arena district, while he was in a car with a fellow countryman. He is now in prison, imprisoned in the Neapolitan penitentiary of Secondigliano.

Criminals are increasingly using cryptocurrencies

No shit Sherlock.

“Despite anonymity and global networking, there are still successful searches. At the end of April this year, Italian police arrested more than two dozen suspected members of the Nigerian mafia Black Ax across the country in connection with illegal immigration and drug trafficking. They are said to have bought counterfeit credit cards on the Internet with Bitcoin and used them to purchase other goods.”


Rome (dpa) – Digital currencies are also increasingly becoming an issue for organized crime. The mafia in Italy repeatedly uses cryptocurrencies for its illegal business.

“All criminal organizations, including those of the Mafia type, have an interest in using these instruments for their business,” said a head of the Italian anti-Mafia police Dia in an interview with the German press agency. The Dia investigates organized crime in Italy. For his protection, the commissioner does not want to be named.

The most famous cryptocurrency is Bitcoin . It is purely digital, so no money that can be taken in hand. Digital money is mostly based on cryptic codes made up of numbers and letters. As a rule, they are traded in a decentralized manner and directly between users, i.e. not through a financial institution and outside of government regulation. To ensure that bitcoins are not copied multiple times, they are based on a complex database technology, the blockchain.

The mafia entered the financial world because of this technological development, explains the slide commissioner in his office on the outskirts of Rome, which is decorated with documents. Transactions with cryptocurrencies are fast and offer security and a kind of anonymity – advantages that are of course also useful for illegal business. It is therefore not easy to find those who are behind the trade. The police do not reveal figures on sales, police operations or damage caused by illegal business – investigative tactics.

Mafia organizations such as the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta use cryptocurrencies, for example, to trade with Latin American cartels, as can be read in the latest report to parliament on the first half of 2020. The ‘Ndrangheta is mainly active in the cocaine business and uses digital money to process payments with Colombian cartels.

The report also states: “The Mafia also seems to be paying attention to cybercrime and the possibilities of the world of the dark web, which are difficult to control, in order to feed huge flows of economic resources into the context of total illegality”. In plain language this means: The Mafia moves enormous sums of money in the hidden corners of the Internet, the so-called Dark Web. There, payments are made primarily with digital currencies. The mafia can launder money or settle bills unnoticed.

Despite anonymity and global networking, there are still successful searches. At the end of April this year, Italian police arrested more than two dozen suspected members of the Nigerian mafia Black Ax across the country in connection with illegal immigration and drug trafficking. They are said to have bought counterfeit credit cards on the Internet with Bitcoin and used them to purchase other goods.

In August 2019, the handcuffs clicked on four Ukrainians in the Tuscan city of Lucca. According to the investigators, they belonged to an organization that bought all kinds of drugs from cocaine to LSD to marijuana via the dark web in the Netherlands and Germany and paid for them with Bitcoin.

According to the Dia semi-annual report, the police have strengthened their units that investigate on the Internet in recent years. The financial police and the Carabinieri, for example, are also involved in the searches. In the investigation, it is also important to confiscate everything from a legal point of view in order to protect the immutability of the data, as a Carabinieri general told the newspaper “La Repubblica” in June. Only in this way can they later be used as evidence in court.

In Germany, too, cryptocurrencies are now part of the world of crime. “The use of crypto currencies for online payment in the context of criminal offenses in the area of ​​responsibility of the customs administration has increased significantly,” explains the General Customs Directorate in Bonn when asked. According to the investigators’ findings, in most cases the criminals use Bitcoins and the currency Monero .

The General Customs Directorate also states that cryptocurrencies are used in the context of criminal offenses to completely anonymize the ordering and shipping processes for incriminated products or services. This allows the criminals to conceal their identity or location – because payment transactions run from user to user and not, for example, through a bank, which in case of doubt could report irregularities to the law enforcement authorities