It was reported this morning that the operatives of the Nigerian Police, Ogun State Command apprehended four (4) suspected cultists at Ilaro town, located in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State. The police raided the area after they got a report that some cultists killed a man, Segun Onifade by name in Ilaro, Ogun State.
According to reports by daily post, the suspected murderers of the man were said to be members of a popular Cult Group, known as Black Axe Confraternity, A.K.An “Ayee” and they have been on the wanted list of the Ogun State Police Command for some time now.
The Ogun State Police Image Maker, Mrs. Abimbola Oyeyemi, toldthe pressmen that they were arrested on Sunday after information reach them from the Ilaro divisional headquarters of the Ogun State Police Command that the dreaded cult members are holding a nighttime meeting at a hideout behind a popular primary school, located in Igbo-Ewe area. She said, the DPO, CSP Olayemi Jacob led his boys to the hideout, immediately the information reach them and they were able to arrest four of the cultists.
The names and nicknames of the apprehended cultist are; (i) Adebayo Adeoluwa (alias Dudu) and (ii) Yusuf Adelakun. (iii) Samson Jacob (alias Cyborg). (iv) Iyanu Kazeem Akande (alias Omo Iyami). The policemen were able to retrieve 2 locally made barrels, cartridges, assorted charms, 1 battle axe, 1 Boxer Motorcycle, and plenty of Indian hemp.
The case has therefore been transferred to the Anti-Cultism squadron of the Ogun State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a thorough investigation, following an order from the Ogun State Commissioner Of Police, CP. Lanre Bankole.
Ekiti State Police Command has arrested seven cultists with dangerous weapons in Ekiti State.
According to a statement by the Police spokesperson, ASP Sunday Abutu, the cultists were arrested by men of the RRS.
The statement reads “On 30/04/2022 at about 10:00hrs, the Command received credible intelligence that two rival cult groups- Black Axe (AIYE) and EIYE secret cults, were on the rampage in Aramoko-Ekiti.
Upon the receipt of the information, Command operatives swooped on the scene and arrested one Olajide Marvelous ’24yrs’, Sunday Kolawole ’20yrs’, Olajide Samuel ’25yrs’, Jamiu Olalekan ’24yrs’, Sunday David ’18yrs’, Idowu Olarenwaju ’25yrs’ and Okeke Dada ’24yrs’ while others took to their heels and escaped arrest.
Investigation revealed that the two cult groups were fighting for supremacy and have been terrorizing innocent citizens and causing a nuisance in Aramoko-Ekiti.
Offensive weapons and insignias of cultism were recovered from them while efforts are ongoing for the possible arrest of the fleeing suspects.
What is otherwise a quality report becomes poor and inaccurate simply by making reference to “the (non-existent) black axe” and not using the organisation’s actual factual name. Such a poor inclusion is understandable from such low level newspapers as The Sun and The Express… but c’mon this is supposed to be the all knowing government.
Nigerian organised criminal gangs, some of which are linked to confraternities or ‘cults’, are thought to be responsible for much of the trafficking of women to Europe
‘The terms “Nigerian Mafia” or “Costra Negra” have been employed to describe the range of Nigerian confraternities operating across much of Nigeria and Europe with Italy and Nigeria as the epicentres and Nigerians as the victims… These confraternities are the brain behind majority of the human and drug trafficking operations ongoing between Nigeria and Europe, with Italy as the European hub…
‘The Nigerian confraternities have specific characteristics and modus operandi that distinguish them from other criminal gangs but that also help to sustain and strengthen their roles in the human trafficking chain.
‘It seem[s] very clear that the Nigerian confraternities are able to function and profit based on the laws of demand and supply. As long as there are throngs of desperate young Nigerians there will always be a supply pool of victims of trafficking to help meet the demand for cheap, exotic and younger sex workers on the streets of Europe where prostitution is not illegal in most countries.
‘Nigerian human trafficking gangs linked to criminal confraternities or “cults” are very powerful, brutal and violent in their operations. These confraternities have millions of members spread out across Nigeria and in different European countries with strict codes of loyalty and solidarity and with the use of traditional religion as a hallmark of their business operations. The deteriorating socio-economic situation in Nigeria is creating a growing pool of potential victims of human trafficking.
‘Nigerian criminal networks are largely active in THB [Trafficking in human beings] for the prostitution market in Europe, posing a great challenge to EU law enforcement agencies since Nigerian networks have achieved significant influence in EU organised crime by regular cooperation with local criminal groups. Besides THB, Nigerian Confraternities are known to be active in other criminal businesses in the EU, such as drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, migrant smuggling, corruption and currency counterfeiting. Europol has been supporting several priority investigations involving a wider range of destination and transit countries used by Nigerian human traffickers
With the increasing challenges of moving and trafficking victims via Libya and the Mediterranean sea, the confraternities have devised new methodologies to traffic women. It seems that direct trafficking from Nigeria has been displaced with more victims originating or carrying the passports of other African countries, but with the stamp of the Nigerian mafia all too visible.
The confraternities are well known to employ excessive violence and brutality in every aspects of their operations both in Europe and across Nigeria. Violence is a key element in the recruitment and initiation of victims of trafficking as well as cult members, which can include physical abuse, rape, excessive use of force and torture… Violence is employed in the course of trafficking and exploitation of victims who are beaten, raped and mentally tortured in different ways to make them compliant and obedient.
Perhaps the key factor in the success of the confraternities is that they are very versatile, very well organised criminal networks, very quick to adapt and change their modus operandi as the situation requires
Experts stated traffickers recruit victims directly from asylum or migrant reception centers in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Larger, well-financed, and highly organized criminal groups – some of which are linked to Nigerian criminal organizations or confraternities originating in Nigerian universities, including Black Axe, Eiye, or Maphite – are responsible for much of the sex trafficking to Europe, especially in Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Many residents of Ogun State now live in constant fear as more youths with the encouragement of politicians take to cultism and cause panic in major cities, writes DAUD OLATUNJI
While it trying to permanently end kidnappings, Ogun State is also being confronted with violence caused by cultists.
Recently, violence ensued between two rival cult groups: Eiye and Aiye confraternities. One of the violent incidents occurred not far from the Government House, Isale-Igbein, Abeokuta in the Ogun Central
The killings spread to Sagamu in the Ogun East Senatorial District and later to Sango-Ota in the Ogun West Senatorial District claiming many lives.
No fewer than 60 persons have been gruesomely killed in various clashes between cult groups in different parts of the state between 2019 and 2022.
Areas which have been turned into battlefields for cultists are Abeokuta, Ifo, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Sango-Ota and Ijebu-Igbo.
The immediate past Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun in January 2021, confirmed that at least 25 persons were killed in cult clashes in different parts of Ijebu-Ode.
Also in November 2020, about 20 people were killed in various cult clashes between members of the two groups also in Ijebu-Ode.
The killings, however, subsided for a while before it recently reared its ugly head with the latest killing of 15 people.
Sources told our correspondent that the recent killings had been going on almost on a daily basis before the latest one that happened a few weeks ago, claiming the life of a notorious cult leader in the state capital.
Thursday, March 24 would continue to linger in the memories of the traders and passers-by at Panseke market, who were caught in the web of the killing of a cult leader, Tommy Boy.
The ever bubbling Panseke market became a ghost of itself shortly after some gun-wielding young men invaded the market and went straight for their target.
The traders and passers-by scampered for safety as gunshots rented the air while the assailants were hacking Tommy Boy to death . He was hacked to death by suspected members of the Aiye cult group.
It was further gathered that Tommy Boy was a suspected leader of the Eiye confraternity group, a notorious cult well known to many people in Panseke, Onikolobo, Oluwo, Adigbe and Onikoko communities, mostly populated by students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta.
Prior to his death, ,six others had been hacked to killed in the same manner by the two groups in reprisals.
The killings took place in different parts of Abeokuta such as a relaxation centre at Asero, Kugba, Ikereku, Panseke, Adigbe, Oke- Ijeun and Isale-Abetu. Tommy boy’s death sparked off the killings of eight persons residing in Sagamu. Seven persons were reportedly killed in Abeokuta within one week.
Sharing their feelings with our correspondent on why the clashes lingered in the state, some of the residents of the state blamed the government and politicians for the violence .
Some of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity, cited the case of late ‘Tommy Boy whom they said had become terror in the state capital while the government looked the other way.
Tommy boy was reported to have installed himself as a transport union leader collecting levies from commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders in Oluwo, where he resided.
Some non-governmental organisations, community leaders and residents attributed the thriving of cultism to politicians’ action during elections
The Executive Director, Women For Peace, a gender equality initiative, Mojisola Akinsanya said the solution to the problem could only be discovered after getting to the root of the menace .
Akinsanya said, “Politicians are driving cultism whether we like it or not. It is when politicians can take that bold step that during this election, we are not going to use thugs nor fraternity to mobilise or intimidate people.”
For Adesina Adefolahan, Executive Director, Community Education, Advancement of Peace and Development Initiatives, the need to talk to politicians to stop encouraging cultism is imperative.
On his part, Tola Adenekan, the Chief Executive Officer for Center for Grassroots Education, Healthcare and Empowerment, said, “The government in the state needs to be more serious and focused in tackling the issue of cultism.”
A resident of Sagamu where eight persons were killed in one day, who preferred to be simply identified as Adesewa, said Sagamu had been turned into a slaughter slab by the cultists .
Speaking on the reasons for the recent killings in some parts of the state, especially Sagamu, Adesewa said, “All we heard was that they killed their leader in Abeokuta and they were also retaliating.”
A community leader, the Executive Chairman, Ilugun Community, Itesiwaju Ilugun Community Development Association, Adekunle Moses raised the alarm that a lot of young boys were involved in cultism .
The state Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, Dr. Samson Popoola attributed the incessant menace of cultism to the proliferation of tertiary institutions in the state.
Popoola said the case of cultism in the state was not worse compared to other states, claiming that media publicity had the perception of a bad situation.
Speaking on the extent of damage of the menace, Commandant National School Crime Prevention Corps , Dr Ige Folayinka, said the clashes had claimed many lives in the last six months in the state .
He said the situation was so bad that the killings had been extended to secondary schools in the state.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Communications, Remmy Hazzan said prior to the moment it reared its ugly head, the government had nipped it in the bud .
He said the recent killings showed that the government needed to go back to the drawing board to reassess the situation.
Hazzan said, “For some times now, it actually subsided and we thought that the step we took especially when the Ijebu saga happened, we thought that, the step would subsume it until the unfortunate recurrence that took place in Abeokuta for which the attacks now began to bring out their ugly heads especially the Sagamu area.
“We need to come up with a solution; more encompassing and sustainable and that means every single stakeholder in this matter is of importance; the parents of these people that are involved, influential people in the society who have access to those who have been fingered in all of these involvement in cult-related issue, the security agency, community leaders, everybody matters in this particular case so that we can have peace because without peace every effort and progress will just be completely useless.”
When asked to react to the general belief that the body language of the state government allowed cultism to thrive, Hazzan faulted the submission .
He denied that the government was pampering the hoodlums, challenging anyone with such a belief to be specific on what he meant .
Hazzan said, “That is not a fair way to intervene and whoever says things like that too should be able to narrow it down to the specific because what you call body language may not be something that is true .
“The person also needs to press it down. What type of body language? Do we have suspects that are being condoned. Do we have members of our cabinet who are promoting cultism? Do we have people who are friends of the administration that are promoting cultism? What exactly is specific about the body language allegation?”
On the official adoption of yellow colour by the state government which is believed to be a subtle way to support a particular fraternity among the cult groups, Hazzan cleared the air, saying yellow was adopted for political reasons and not otherwise.
Hazzan said, “Now, the issue of yellow is more of a decision that came by our late commencement of campaign in 2018 and 2019 and we were just looking at. If we are going to be able to have a branded shirt because we want to run a crash programme about our campaign, can we have a uniformed colour that is very bright and easily noticed in which we could be identified,
“Now that decision came, there’s no colour that you will use in any electioneering that a particular group of fraternal fellows will not say it’s their colour, go for blue the Eiye confraternity will say it’s their colour, go for yellow, the Buccaneers will say it’s their colour, go for red, the Aiye will say it’s their colour, go for black, the black axe will say it’s their colour.”
Reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the command had swung into action by setting up a special squad to tackle the menace of cultism.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A fraud gang suspected of swindling a US-based company out of some EUR 455,000 has been taken down in raids across Johannesburg led by investigators from the Hawks Serious Commercial Crimes Unit and US Secret Service agents, and supported by INTERPOL.
With investigations on-going, the operation led to the arrest of seven people allegedly linked to a Nigerian organized crime syndicate that specializes in online fraud. The suspects allegedly bought luxury vehicles with the proceeds of their crimes.
The operation was part of a global initiative under the framework of INTERPOL’s Global Financial Crime Task Force (IGFCTF), where 14 countries including South Africa and the United States work closely together to tackle the global threat of cyber enabled financial crime.
The suspects – four men and three women aged between 25 and 42 – are believed to be key figures in a global crime syndicate involved in fraud and money laundering.
The gang is also believed to be behind romance scams, using fake online identities to lure vulnerable men and women to transfer money. Romance scams generate millions of US dollars worldwide.
Commending the collaborative work of the multi-disciplinary team which led to the arrests, Hawks head Lt-Gen Godfrey Lebeya said: “Organized criminal groups should know law enforcement agencies are collaborating on an international level to dismantle criminal networks.”
The Johannesburg operation is one of several global operations under the framework of IGFCTF where law enforcement authorities are working together to crack down on West African fraud syndicates targeting individuals and businesses worldwide.
The authorities involved are now working closely with INTERPOL to track the movements of the gang’s money worldwide, with investigations focusing on a worldwide criminal syndicate known as Black Axe, which allegedly used business email compromise (BEC) scams to defraud a US-based mental health institute.
BEC scams usually target third-party vendors to gain access to business email accounts after which payments are diverted to the bank accounts of money mules.
Michael K. Burgin of the US Secret Service said: “The fight against cyber-enabled crime knows no boundaries, and the collaborative efforts in this case show how vital it is to work collectively with our international partners to execute impactful takedowns of these highly organized transnational criminal syndicates.”
Eight suspected Black Axe leaders were arrested in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2021, leading to a massive drop in the group’s activities and similar crimes. They face extradition to the US, where they are charged with stealing more than EUR 6.25 million from romance scam victims there.
“Taking advantage of globalization and digitization processes, criminals are able to commit financial crimes with increasing efficiency and sophistication,” said Rory Corcoran, Acting Director, INTERPOL Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre (IFCACC).
“The Johannesburg arrests highlight the importance of international cooperation between INTERPOL and its global law enforcement partners to target and disrupt the criminal syndicates involved in all forms of financial crimes and corruption,” added Mr Corcoran.
Since its creation in January, the Centre has helped INTERPOL member countries intercept more than EUR 4.5 million tied to BEC and romance frauds.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Anambra has confirmed that no fewer than 32 suspected cultists and criminals have been arrested in the state.
DSP Ikenga confirmed the development on Sunday.
He said that the operatives also recovered guns and other dangerous weapons from the suspects.
Ikenga said the raids that led to the arrests was part of the determined efforts to rid Anambra of all forms of criminality.
According to the PPRO, the suspects were involved in crimes including armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, and extortion.
“Acting on credible information, the Command operatives on March 30 arrested one Ozo Olie Ifeanyi, 43, in his residence at Odoje village, Onitsha and recovered one locally fabricated single barrel pistol and one live ammunition concealed in a bag.
“He has confessed to being a member of the Black Axe Cult Group and specializes in robbing unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables.
“Another suspect, one Ifeanyi Nwobu, 49, from Enugu-Ukwu was arrested on the same date.
“The command also recovered one locally-made Beretta pistol, one magnum pump-action and ammunition from the suspects who have made statements that are useful for investigation,” he said.
Ikenga also said 30 suspected touts, ranging from 17 years to 44 years, were arrested for flouting Anambra State Government’s ban on touting, extortion, and illegal revenue collection in the state.
He said they were nabbed on April 6 around Tarzan Junction, Owerri road, Upper Iweka, Ochanja Junction, Awada road, Head Bridge, Kara Junction, and Atani road.
The PPRO reiterated the resolve of the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, CP Echeng Echeng, to defend the people of the state from all criminality and insecurity.
“Protection of lives and property, maintenance of law and order will never be taken for granted, we call on residents to increase the level of information they give us,” he stated.
EFFURUN- THE Neo Black Movement (NBM) of Africa and three others have slammed a N1 billion law suit against Linda Ikeji, a Nigerian foremost micro online blogger for defamation and libel at the Delta State High Court in Effurun Court 2.
The suit with number EHC/210/2021 had the Registered Trustees of NBM of Africa, Olorogun Ese Kakor, Olorogun Felix Kupa and Mayor Onyebueke as Claimants with Linda Ikeji as the sole defendant.
The Claimants through their Counsel, Chief E.K. Agbroko Esq are praying the court for an award of N1 billion and an apology to be published in her blog and two national newspapers amongst others.
The Counsel avverred that Ikeji had on the 19th day of October 2019 published in her blog an article in which she defamed his Clients by referring to them as ‘Black Axe’, calling them name different from their organization.
Agbroko added that that his clients’ organization is not known as such.
According to him, “The name of the organization is NBM of Africa, she also called them criminals in the said publication.
“When my clients got wind of the publication, they consulted me and we put up a demand letter of retraction and apology. But she neglected and refused to do the needful.
“After several reminders and upon expiration of the letters, the organization decided that a libel suit be filed against her.
“This suit will be an eye opener to all bloggers who do not verify facts before publishing, when the trial start the whole details will be unfolded.
“The matter first came up on the 24th day of January 2022 and she has failed to put up appearances and a defence.
“The matter has had three adjournments and it is now set for trial on the 13th day of May, 2022.” He added.
The matter which is before Honourable Justice Roli Daibo- Harriman of High Court 2, High Court of Justice, Effurun, Delta State came up yesterday but the defendant was absent and no representation by Counsel.
The court then adjourned to 13th May for commencement of trial.
Nigeria’s leader, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted angrily to the killing of over 15 persons by cultists in the Abeokuta and Sagamu areas of Ogun state
The president while condemning the incident ordered the security agencies to put an end to the activities of cultists in the state
Earlier, the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun ordered the relocation of security agencies to Sagamu in other to fish out those involved in the recent cult activities
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on security agencies in Ogun to give a ‘fight to finish’ to stem the tide of cultism and cult-related activities in the state. The president made this call through a statement on Thursday, March 31, after cultists killed over 16 people in the state within 10 days.
Premium Times reports that a battle between the Eiye and Aiye cult groups in the state led to the killing of a popular area boy, known as Tommy, and 15 others.
Worried by the spate of killings, President Buhari, through his media aide, Garba Shehu, ordered security agencies to dismantle cultists or cult-related activities in the state. The president in a statement said: “What should frighten us is that the deadly cult groups are increasingly attracting lonely, anxious, troubled youth who they trap in unorthodox social practices.” In a related development, the Nigerian military has been urged to declare a full-scale war on terrorists operating across states of the country. The call was made by lawmakers of the Nigerian Senate after the attack on an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train on Monday, March 28. According to the Senate, the operations of the terrorists in Kaduna makes it imperative for the appropriate authorities to take decisive action.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported how a bloody clash between rival cult groups had left 8 dead. A source whose name was not revealed said the clash started at a friend’s night programme when some boys accosted a Vikings carrying bag in his hands at midnight at Etebi in Esit Eket According to the source, the Black Axe group searched the bag and discovered it contained locally made pistols that they seized, which later degenerated into violence.
Aye my Chairman & My Elders It is very unfortunate that thing are going on this way,It all boil down to experience which give birth to higher orientation in any position you finds yourself there is no doubt about it, we are all learning, all position weather assistance you call it is contest for, there must be an election. You cannot just make a Zonal Eye on a personal discretion from a recognized Forum within the same zone without the knowledge of the said forum Coordinator & his EXCOs and push it to the COE for approved. The said lord (Candidate) must have 2/3 major of approval by the Excos of that forum if such appointment/election must ever happen. If this process was not followed that means the process is totally wrong, you do not imposed a person on people who fellowship in the same forum. The Zonal Coe need to have a record of the said person from the forum directly to ascertain if the person pay his due, attends IT or if they have the full knowledge of him that will discharge his duties in accordance in respect to the position without a conflict.
For any lords to a member of NCOE or elected into the National EXCO he must belong to a zone and he need a zonal approval and everything concern the lord will be made known to the NCOE before is eligible to contest any position. A National Head cannot imposed any Exco position weather assistance or otherwise to a zone. The Zone recommends a lord to National assistance, so it is apply to a zone to forum issue. If this point is not agreed on we can take it to nbmarena.org for further debate for clarity seeks. There is a cry in Sevilla forum where their coordinator (CD) and 3 other lords made a complain that their CD was suspended for his constructive contribution to the way further of this great Zone, although I am not in position to welcome their claim, I have to direct them to the Zonal COE chairman, where the highest law
making power can decided if the claim was right or wrong, we are all one brother in a hood, we need to differential an constructive argument, an insult, an indiscipline so as not to apply personal grief to judgment, sometime is good to seek and check properly if I am really insulted as person , my position is been insulted or I felt insulted on try to discharge my assigned duties. Every action has its own price. I will not remain silent as far as this great Zone is concern; we need to look into issue to correct our disunity, I use this medium to appear to the zonal COE to look into this piece of mind, if the coordinator desires more punishment or freedom. As a founding Zonal Head and a permanent Elder which via rumors many say they will not recognized there is a founding member, I am sorry history has made it so; I remain a recognized Founding member I must speak what I know & the truth, nobody can enforce my silent for all what I have put into this great zone both dedication, financially, physically contribution for years no stop, I thank GOD I speak for future seek. Dodorima. Lord Ibn Battuta Ju Bishop.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has listed South Africa’s (Cape Town based) top scammers who are suspected of running international wide-scale fraud.
The scammers, who are part of the Black Axe group, failed to get the beginning of their extradition to the United States thrown out of the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 5 March 2022. They face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft in the United States.
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP SCAMMERS
According to the BBC Black Axe is a violent mafia-style gang in Nigeria linked to murder and fraud. It has infiltrated the country’s political system and launched a global scamming operation well beyond Nigeria’s borders.
According to the FBI, Black Axe operated in various countries, including South Africa, and was organised into regional chapters known as “zones.” Black Axe worldwide was governed by a National Council of Elders and members of Black Axe were referred to as “Axemen” or “Ayes.”
The FBI said in or around 2013, the Cape Town Zone of Black Axe was formed. In or around 2018, the Zone was registered as an organisation with South Africa’s Company and Intellectual Property Commission.
The men are accused of swindling lonely women on online dating or social websites, making false statements about their ability and intention to provide and arrange for loans, inheritances, and other forms of financing.
The accused all transferred money across an interstate wire that travelled through New Jersey, which is why the FBI is investigating these Africa-based alleged scammers.
The accused are as follows:
Perry Osagiede, also known as “Lord Sutan Abubakar de 1st” or “Rob Nicolella” or “Alan Salomon”.
Enorense Izevbigie, also known as “Richy Izevbigie” or “Lord Samuel S Nujoma”.
Franklyn Edosa Osagiede, also known as “Lord Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela”, “Edosa Franklyn Osagiede” as well as “Dave Hewitt” or “Bruce Dupont”.
Osariemen Eric Clement, also known as “Lord Adekunle Ajasi” or “Aiden Wilson”.
Egbe Tony Iyamu, also known as “Lord Aminu Kano” or “Richard Amall”.
Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, also known as “Lord Jesse Makoko” or “Philip Coughlan”.