Black Axe, Eiye cult clash claims six lives in Ondo

Lockdown in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. Not due to covid-19 but thanks to cult-147

Source: https://dailypost.ng/2021/12/02/black-axe-eiye-cult-clash-claims-six-lives-in-ondo/

No fewer than six people have been killed in the Okitipupa community, headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The cult clash, which was said to have started last Wednesday, had given the community sleepless nights.

Meanwhile, in a bid to curb the ugly trend, monarchs within the council area in collaboration with the security agencies imposed a seven-hour curfew on the community.

According to the Jegun of Idepe, Okitipupa, Oba Micheal Obatuga, the traditional rulers and other stakeholders agreed on the imposition which he said must be observed between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am.

While admonishing residents to call their children and wards involved in such dastardly acts to order, the monarch disclosed that the perpetrators of the acts carried out the attacks mostly at night with the use of motorcycles.

On his part, the Chairman of Okitipupa Local Government, Igbekele Akinrinwa, said the community leaders and traditional leaders had been involved in a series of meetings over the disturbing development.

“We have spoken with all the security agencies and they are on ground to arrest anyone found in the act,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami, who had earlier confirmed the incident, stated that no one had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Odunlami maintained that investigations and series of meetings with the traditional rulers are ongoing as part of moves to stop cult-related activities in the area.

Police Warn Youths Against Cult Activities In Ondo

Source: https://allnews.ng/news/police-warn-youths-against-cult-activities-in-ondo

The Ondo State Police Command has warned youths in the state against heinous acts following cult clashes in the Okitipupa Local Government Area.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Funmilayo Odunlami, the Police Public Relations Officer issued the warning during a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday.

No fewer than three persons reportedly lost their lives in cult clashes alleged to have broken out between the Black Axe and Eiye fraternity in the area last week.

Odunlami said the police met with some youth leaders, traditional rulers, political office holders, and others over the matter.

The police spokesperson said that the Anti-Cultism patrol team had been deployed to the council area to quell the clashes.

She said that anyone caught engaging in cult activities would be arrested and prosecuted.

“We are on top of the situation in Okitipupa because we have met with some youth leaders, traditional rulers, political office holders and others to quell the cult clashes.

“We have also deployed the Anti-Cultism patrol to Okitipupa and its environs to ensure that cult clashes never arise.

“Anyone caught fomenting trouble henceforth under the guise of cultism will be arrested and prosecuted in the court of law,” she said.

Odunlami, urged parents to talk to their children and wards against taking part in cultism, adding that many lives and destinies had been wasted because of such acts.

She enjoined youths to ensure that they channel their energy to positive ventures, rather than engaging in things that would negatively affect them.

Global online ‘student cult’ cybercrime syndicate busted in Cape Town

The press and the police in Italy called them “The Black Axe” and that was then successfully used as a defence to free the members. South Africa and USA going for the same but for hoping for different results.

“Student cult” comprised mostly of middle aged criminals who cannot spell.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-12-04-global-online-student-cult-cybercrime-syndicate-busted-in-cape-town/

Black Axe, a crime syndicate operating in several countries around the world, has been exposed in South Africa via an international investigation that initially focused on Ireland.

Some authorities view the syndicate, also known as the Neo Black Movement of Africa, as a cult. Its SA wing allegedly has security known as “butchers” to maintain discipline.

According to both South African and US authorities, it has a base in Cape Town.

One of Black Axe’s suspected leaders in Cape Town was brazen enough to allegedly use, as an alias, the name of democratic South Africa’s first president, along with a fancy title – Lord Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

And DM168 can reveal that the international head of the syndicate, according to court papers in the US, “advised members against ostentatious displays of fraudulently obtained wealth to avoid attracting attention”.

An Interpol report on cybercrime in Africa, which DM168 reported on last month, said that from January 2020 to February 2021 “South Africa … had the highest targeted ransomware and BEC [business email compromise] attempts”.

Business email scams can involve a target unwittingly transferring funds to scammer-controlled accounts.

Black Axe is suspected of being behind an array of such online scams and money laundering.

In 2020 Udom Emmanuel, governor of the Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom, ordered that “cults, societies and groups”, including Black Axe, “are hereby declared unlawful”.

The European Asylum Support Office, set up by the European Union, also described Black Axe as a “student cult”.

It stated: “Student cults are characterised by violent initiation rites and conduct illegal activities such as: killings, human trafficking, drug trafficking, smuggling, extortions, kidnapping, forced recruitment, etc.”

Various reports say Black Axe was founded at the University of Benin, in Nigeria, in the late 1970s and drew inspiration from the US’s Black Panther Party.

Black Axe evolved and is now known as a criminal grouping that, besides South Africa, operates in several countries, including the US, Canada and Italy (where 30 suspected members were arrested in April this year).

It appears that its South African offshoot was foiled recently after investigators started sniffing out cybercriminals in Ireland.

In November 2021, Interpol announced in a statement that in mid-October it had sent a team to Dublin, Ireland, as part of investigations into financial crime networks.

Members provided support to Ireland’s Garda National Economic Crime Bureau as part of Operation Skein, an 18-month investigation into transnational financial crime, including business email compromise. Operation Skein resulted in more than a dozen arrests and the confiscation of luxury goods including alcohol and designer clothing.

Last month, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said it was suspected that Operation Skein crimes under investigation amounted to more than €18-million – nearly R327-million – stolen worldwide.

Interpol’s statement said that its members helped Garda police download data and records from phones and computers seized during Operation Skein crackdowns.

This is where South Africa fits in.

“Some of the data collected during the operation has triggered cooperative investigations between the US and South Africa, with the support of Interpol’s financial crime taskforce,” Interpol’s statement said.

“Evidence extracted is currently being analysed by Interpol with a global lens to help identify and target the principal global protagonists and provide further insight [into] how they carry out these cyber-enabled financial crimes.”

The massive operation led to other takedowns and South Africa was key.

Interpol said investigations led to cases involving Black Axe, which was “thought to be responsible for similar cyber-enabled attacks on a global level”.

In October this year in South Africa, the Hawks announced the arrests of eight suspected online scammers in Cape Town during a joint operation with the US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“The operation was initiated based on the Mutual Legal Assistance from Central Authorities of the United States of America that was approved by the Republic of South Africa,” Colonel Katlego Mogale said at the time.

She said the suspects “intimidated and berated their victims, ruined their lives and then disappeared”.

“We are confident that this investigation will have a significant impact on this region and beyond.”

Mogale told DM168 no further arrests were carried out. It was not clear if more individuals were set to be detained.

The US was after the eight arrested suspects, seven of whom are allegedly leaders of Black Axe in Cape Town, while the eighth is accused of operating with the group.

These suspects, and the allegations they face according to the US, are:

  • Perry Osagiede, aka Lord Sutan Abubakar de 1st / Rob Nicolella / Alan Salomon – alleged to be the “Zonal Head” and later “Elder” who ran the Cape Town offshoot of Black Axe. (DM168 has established that in 2020 a man named Perry Osagiede, based in Milnerton, Cape Town, was notified that he would have to forfeit R45,000 to the state. It was not clear why.)
  • Enorense Izevbigie, aka Richy Izevbigie / Lord Samuel S Nujoma – allegedly “Chairman of the Council of Elders” who helped steer the Cape Town grouping.
  • Franklyn Edosa Osagiede, aka Lord Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela / Edosa Franklyn Osagiede / Dave Hewitt / Bruce Dupont – the suspected “Chief Ihaza” or treasurer and later a suspected Elder.
  • Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, aka Lord Jesse Makoko / Philip Coughlan – the suspected “Chief Eye” or secretary.
  • Osariemen Eric Clement, aka Lord Adekunle Ajasi / Aiden Wilson – allegedly the “Assistant Eye” who assisted the secretary.
  • Egbe Tony Iyamu, aka Lord Aminu Kano / Richard Amall – the suspected “Chief Butcher” or head of security.
  • Musa Mudashiru, aka Lord Oba Akenzua – allegedly an “Assistant Butcher” who helped with security.
  • Toritseju Gabriel Otubu, aka Andy Richards / Ann Petersen – suspected of controlling a business used to receive proceeds from scams.

A US indictment against the seven suspected Black Axe leaders (the group minus Otubu), signed by Acting US Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Rachael Honig, provides detailed insight into how the syndicate allegedly operated in Cape Town.

It said Black Axe started out, and was headquartered in, Benin City, Nigeria.

In various countries it had regional groupings known as “zones” and its members were known as “Axes” or “Ayes”, who, on joining up, were given an alias or “strong name”.

“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 Companies and Intellectual Property Commission,” the US indictment said. Based on the US’s case, Black Axe members seemed to have flaunted their wealth accumulated via crime.

Court papers said that Black Axe’s national chairperson once addressed members, in part saying: “My worry for the movement is that we have lost the secrecy code. A greater percentage of Axemen gets involved in racketeering just like any other persons but, the issue with Ayes is that we are too lousy.

“In the cause of our daily life, we show off unnecessarily our bad money. Can’t we just hide ourselves in our lifestyle? Can’t we separate this our beloved movement from our illicit engagements? Why are we desecrating the essence of our common existence?”

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey said that, from 2011 to 2021, Black Axe members “and other conspirators worked together from Cape Town to engage in widespread internet fraud involving romance scams and advance fee schemes”.

Romance scams involved suspects using aliases on social websites and getting victims to believe they were in a romantic relationship with them, as well as getting victims to transfer to, or receive money from them.

Advance-fee schemes made false claims about their ability to provide or arrange loans, inheritances or other financing.

“Many of these fraudulent narratives involved claims that an individual was travelling to South Africa for work and needed money or other items of value following a series of unfortunate and unforeseen events, often involving a construction site and/or problems with a crane,” the indictment said.

“The Co-conspirators used certain victims and other individuals with US-based financial accounts to receive illegally obtained money in the US-based financial accounts and to transfer the funds to accounts overseas for [their] benefit.

“When some victims stopped or expressed hesitation in sending money … the Co-conspirators engaged in manipulative tactics to coerce the victims… For example, alias ‘Aiden Wilson’ … threatened to distribute personally sensitive photographs of a victim on the internet and to other people known by the victim.”

The suspects had also allegedly used “mules” in and out of the US to conceal criminally obtained money. It is yet to be seen whether the suspects, in custody in South Africa, will be extradited to the US. There have been other Black Axe-related cases there and arrests in several countries.

In October 2019, for example, Ikechukwu Derek Amadi was sentenced to nearly 16 years in jail after being extradited from Canada to the US, where he faced charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Amadi was accused of working with Black Axe.

Meanwhile, in August 2019 in the UK, it was reported that three siblings from Nigeria were sent to jail in London for conspiring to launder nearly a million pounds.

They had allegedly been planning to do so for Black Axe. DM168

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Nigerian crime gang engaged in unemployment scam busted by Ireland operatives

A drop in the ocean is a significant amount of water to a thirsty person.

Source: https://www.icirnigeria.org/nigerian-crime-gang-engaged-in-unemployment-scam-busted-by-ireland-operatives/

AN investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, has uncovered an international crime gang known as Black Axe, masterminded by a Nigerian, which specialises in preying on health workers and has defrauded the State of €183,000 in a pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) scam.

The gang had harvested information from the emails of HSE staff with a target to secure up to €1 million from their elaborate fraud, but only managed to get €183,000, according to a report by Irish Examiner. The information gathered were used to set up bank accounts in online prepaid financial services, while they perfected plans to launder the money.

The trial established that two Nigerians – Oluwagbewikeke Lewis and Bashiru Aderibigbe – aided by two ‘low-level’ Cork-based operatives and technology, engaged in several fraudulent activities where the identities of a sizeable number of HSE or Tusla staff were used to make PUP claims in the first months of the pandemic. The two operatives have been jailed for their parts in the unemployment scam.

Aderibigbe was arrested by Detective Garda Kieran Crowley during what was a relatively routine act of stop-and-search policing in the Midleton area. Having signalled for the driver of a Mercedes to stop, the detective noticed that the driver was acting nervously and he decided to conduct a search for suspected drugs. No drugs were found. However, what was seized became a key part of the PUP fraud investigation.

Two false passports were discovered, two fraudulent bank documents were seized, and two phone SIM cards were located. The SIM numbers would correspond with numbers provided for the setting up of bank accounts for the fraudulent PUP claims. Most significant of all, however, was the seizure of a mobile phone.

Instead of communicating by text message, the criminals had used WhatsApp voice messages instead. These would prove vital in linking the two defendants with each other, linking them with other criminals, and providing vivid accounts of the modus operandi of the gang.

At the time this phone was seized in Midleton, Detective Garda Trevor Conroy, from Wexford and on secondment to the Department of Social Protection, had been examining patterns in suspicious PUP claims. It was later established that email addresses of the unsuspecting victims had been harvested and used to dupe them into providing further personal information that would advance the fraud.

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan, confirmed that these health workers were oblivious to the claims that had been filed in their names and the payments made to accounts set up fraudulently from Cork, a country located in South-West Ireland.

A Nigerian interpreter assisted the Bureau to translate a web of WhatsApp recorded phone messages, which provided a unique insight into the workings of Black Axe as it targeted PUP payments. Operatives were also able to identify a number of the parties, including a man believed to be the leader of the criminal organisation known by the nickname ‘The Chairman’, a term of respect used among people involved in such gangs.

In one call, there is a conversation about how €1 million fraudulently claimed in pandemic unemployment payments would be laundered; in another, there is talk of how €30,000 of the proceeds of the Cork-based fraud was being laundered through accounts in Germany.

While fraud investigations typically involve detailed paper trails to follow the money, other policing strategies were involved, including the painstaking analysis of CCTV that could be gathered in coordination with the documented timing of withdrawals from the suspect accounts.

Aderibigbe was seen on security cameras on 22 occasions making withdrawals from the target accounts, in the course of which he pocketed €11,270 in cash from 13 different bank accounts. It was ultimately established in this way that in these 13 accounts, he had access to over €56,000 in cash from the fraudulent PUP claims.

A total of 74 PUP claims were observed in this fast-developing investigation. It was quickly becoming clear that this was a systematic scam, and the monies were being paid into 57 bank accounts. For instance, on August 8, 2020 Aderibigbe was seen on CCTV at the Crestfield Centre in Dooradoyle in Limerick City making one of the withdrawals.

One of the strongest pieces of evidence against his co-accused, Lewis, was the phone seized from him and the audio WhatsApp messages between Lewis and Aderibigbe and other parties.

When arrested, Aderibigbe made no comment during interviews with gardaí. Lewis was later arrested, and he also made no comment to the majority of questions he was asked and examination of WhatsApp messaging made it clear that the two co-accused have been friends for several years.

Detectives were satisfied from their analysis of the audio messaging WhatsApp that Lewis had direct contact with the director of the criminal organisation who was referred to as ‘The Chairman’.

Aderibigbe, 45, of Ballincollig, Co Cork, was sentenced to three and a half years with the final year suspended, while Lewis, 36, of Brookdale, Midleton, Co Cork, was sentenced to four years in prison with the last year suspended.

NBM shuts down some chapters

A zone (South Africa) and a whole region (North America) supposedly shut down (in the public official ceremonial sense) by the NBM and declared infested with bad eggs.

Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/11/nbm-shuts-down-some-chapters/

By Boluwaji Obahopo

The ripples caused by allegations brought against some members of NBM of Africa have led to the shutting down of the organization’s activities in its North American and Southern African chapters.

A few weeks ago, there were embarrassing fraud-related allegations against some suspended members of the organization in USA and South Africa.

The Pan-Africanist organization after appraising the situation considered the allegations against the suspended members as not only frightening but also repugnant to its image and sensibilities of its law-abiding members. The organization condemned any form of criminality and fraudulent practice that conflicts with the provisions of its code of conduct and constitution.

NBM also condemned attempts by some media and security organizations to undermine or taint the entire organization with the private actions of a few unscrupulous individuals.

The group’s stance was stated by its spokesman, Mr. Oluwatosin Dixon, while addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday. He stressed that its chapters in North America and Southern Africa would remain shut  until members in the affected regions take steps laid out by NBM’s national body to dissociate itself and redeem its image by assisting security agencies to identify the bad elements amongst them whose activities are against the laws of the host countries and its own creed as provided in section 2 of its constitution. This will be carried out in addition to the profiling of its members in the two Regions. The profiling will determine members with genuine qualifications and conducts as members of the organisation.

He added: “NBM will not allow some unscrupulous persons within and outside the movement to continue to destroy its good image earned over years with a clear focus on its objectives and vision of equity and social justice.”

Interpol Closes in on Global BEC Gang

I hear a few of the bigwigs are more than a little afraid to fly at the moment…

Source: https://thecybersecurity.news/general-cyber-security-news/interpol-closes-in-on-global-bec-gang-14425/

Irish law enforcement have joined forces with Interpol to observe down an arranged crime gang that has by now stolen more than €14m ($16m) from neighborhood businesses and folks via business enterprise email compromise (BEC).

The Garda has been investigating the gang for various several years for a number of really serious fiscal criminal offense offenses. Its 18-thirty day period lengthy Procedure Skein has currently led to the reported arrests of above 400 suspects, but the global nature of cybercrime intended intercontinental policing perform was also essential.

To that stop, Interpol’s World-wide Economical Crime Endeavor Power (IGFCTF) presented on-the-floor guidance to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) final month to enable share intelligence with international forces.

Interpol also assisted Irish police with electronic forensic perform, downloading details and get in touch with documents from seized products and examining the evidence “through a world wide lens.” This has by now triggered cooperative investigations with police in the US and South Africa, Interpol explained.

The investigation has also unveiled backlinks concerning the Eire-primarily based gang and infamous Nigerian crime syndicate Black Axe, which also focuses on BEC scams.

“Arrests and prosecutions outdoors of Ireland are foreseen as ongoing investigations unfold,” Interpol claimed.

BEC has been the maximum-grossing cybercrime class in excess of the previous a few several years, according to the FBI.

Reported crimes led to losses of nearly $1.9bn very last 12 months, off the back again of just 19,000 instances. That amounted to virtually fifty percent the complete for cybercrime losses in 2020. In 2019 it was $1.8bn, and the year ahead of that it was $1.3bn.

The investigation is not only targeting the BEC gang alone but also its international networks of income mules. They’ve presently enabled the team to launder close to €8m ($9m), in accordance to Interpol.

COVID-19 dealt endeavours by banking institutions to track suspicious transactions of this form of blow as essential personnel was sent to function from dwelling, often with out the suitable equipment at their disposal, in accordance to some reports.

According to a BAE Units report in September, 60% of compliance officers from financial institutions believe that that tracking revenue laundering has turn into more difficult in excess of the earlier calendar year.

From Cork to Nigeria: Gang of cybercriminals caught out by their own technology 

Trying to launder a million pounds through 57 bank accounts probably took up 30 mins of their day that day… what else were they doing?

Source: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40743138.html

On Wednesday, two ‘low-level’ Cork-based operatives were jailed for their part in a pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) fraud masterminded by the head of the Nigerian crime gang, known as Black Axe.

The gang had planned to secure up to €1m from their elaborate fraud, but in the end only managed to get €183,000.

They harvested emails of HSE staff, and people were sent bogus jury summonses requesting further information. That was then used to set up bank accounts from which the PUP claims were made.

During the trial of Oluwagbewikeke Lewis and Bashiru Aderibigbe, it emerged that snaring the fraudsters’ cyber crimes was, ironically, aided by technology.

A web of WhatsApp recorded phone messages gave gardaí a unique insight into the workings of Black Axe as it targeted PUP payments. They were heard discussing how they would launder up to €1m.

A Nigerian interpreter assisted officers from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau to translate what was on the recordings, and they were also able to identify a number of the parties, including a man believed to be the leader of the criminal organisation — a man known by the nickname ‘The Chairman’.

This is a term of respect used among people involved in such gangs.

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan confirmed that the nature of the fraudulent activity going on in the case had all the hallmarks indicating that it was the work of the Black Axe.

What was of particular interest to gardaí was the phone evidence that showed that one of the two Cork-based defendants was in direct phone contact with a person he referred to as ‘The Chairman’. Det Supt Cryan remarked that gardaí would not usually expect a low-level footsoldier in the organisation to have direct access to such a senior figure.

In one call, there is a conversation about how €1m fraudulently claimed in pandemic unemployment payments would be laundered.

In another, there is talk of how €30,000 of the proceeds of the Cork-based fraud was being laundered through accounts in Germany.

In another voice clip, one of the gang members was addressed by the nickname ‘Ebony3’.

The phone containing this valuable information in the investigation was seized by Detective Garda Kieran Crowley during what was a relatively routine act of stop-and-search policing in the Midleton area.

Having signalled for the driver of a Mercedes to stop, the detective noticed that the driver was acting nervously and he decided to conduct a search for suspected drugs. No drugs were found. However, what was seized became a key part of the PUP fraud investigation.

Two false passports were discovered, two fraudulent bank documents were seized, and two phone SIM cards were located. The SIM numbers would correspond with numbers provided for the setting up of bank accounts for the fraudulent PUP claims. Most significant of all, however, was the seizure of a mobile phone.

Instead of communicating by text message, the criminals had used WhatsApp voice messages instead. These would prove vital in linking the two defendants with each other, linking them with other criminals, and providing vivid accounts of the modus operandi of the gang.

At the time this phone was seized in Midleton, Detective Garda Trevor Conroy, from Wexford and on secondment to the Department of Social Protection, had been examining patterns in suspicious PUP claims. A pattern was emerging where a sizeable number of HSE or Tusla staff appeared to be making PUP claims while continuing in full-time employment in the first months of the pandemic. In fact, these health workers were oblivious to the claims that had been filed in their names and the payments made to accounts set up fraudulently from Cork.

It was later established that their email addresses had been harvested and had been used to dupe them into providing further personal information that would advance the fraud.

Det Gda Conroy was at this time gathering compelling evidence from an analysis of PPS numbers that PUP claims had been made by people who would not have been entitled to it.

A total of 74 PUP claims were observed in this fast-developing investigation. It was quickly becoming clear that this was a systematic scam, and the monies were being paid into 57 bank accounts.

By this time, the on-the-ground police work in Midleton and the investigation into patterns of claims going on by gardaí on secondment to the Department of Social Protection were all being coordinated under the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

Had the case against the two men living in Cork gone to trial, it is estimated that its duration would have been measured in months rather than weeks.

The evidence would have been technical in nature, and more than 70 witnesses would have had to give evidence from the prosecution side.

Defence lawyers were at pains to point out in mitigation that their clients’ pleas of guilty to the charges against them saved the State the considerable cost of putting together enormous books of evidence, and the even costlier onus of running the trial for a number of months — not to mention the huge demands that would have been made on the 12 jurors who would have been selected to hear the case.

On the matter of jury selection, this was one of the most novel and criminally-enterprising aspects of the fraud that was carried out.

Emails from the hacked information on various HSE and Tusla staff members were used to send out fraudulent jury notices, telling recipients they had been called for jury service — but that first they should confirm their name, date of birth, PPS number, and mother’s maiden name.

HSE and Tusla staff were targeted on the assumption that they would be working through the pandemic and would not be making a pandemic unemployment payment claim.

As was widely known, many of these employees were also working full tilt in the course of the pandemic. A few basic questions, that did not seek financial information of any kind, were unlikely to raise the suspicions of what were some very busy people.

The information the criminal gang harvested from the replies to the bogus jury emails were then used to set up bank accounts in online prepaid financial services and with An Post. Further bank accounts were set up to keep the money moving and, in effect, to launder it.

While fraud investigations typically involve detailed paper trails to follow the money, other policing strategies were involved, including the painstaking analysis of CCTV that could be gathered in coordination with the documented timing of withdrawals from the suspect accounts.

This proved extremely fruitful in this investigation: Bashiru Aderibigbe was seen on security cameras on 22 occasions making withdrawals from the target accounts, in the course of which he pocketed €11,270 in cash from 13 different bank accounts.

It was ultimately established in this way that in these 13 accounts, Aderibigbe had access to over €56,000 in cash from the fraudulent PUP claims.

For instance, on August 8 last year, Aderibigbe was seen on CCTV at the Crestfield centre in Dooradoyle in Limerick City making one of the withdrawals.

One of the strongest pieces of evidence against his co-accused, Oluwagbewikeke Lewis, was the phone seized from him and the audio WhatsApp messages between Lewis and Aderibigbe and other parties.

One piece of audio referenced plans to obtain up to €1m and attempts to get more bank accounts through which to launder it.

When arrested, Aderibigbe made no comment during interviews with gardaí.

Lewis was later arrested, and he also made no comment to the majority of questions he was asked. 

Examination of WhatsApp messaging made it clear that the two co-accused have been friends for several years. 

Detectives were satisfied from their analysis of the audio messaging WhatsApp that Lewis had direct contact with the director of the criminal organisation who was referred to as ‘The Chairman’. 

Cult Killings in Awka, Concerned Awka Indigenes in 33 Awka Villages petition Anambra police

Source: https://www.odogwublog.com/cult-killings-in-awka-concerned-awka-indigenes-in-33-awka-villages-petition-anambra-police/

The Commissioner of Police,
Anambra State Police Command,
Awka.

Thro;

The Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO),
Anambra State Police Command,
Awka.

Sir,

INVESTIGATE THE GRUESOME MURDER OF ONYEBUCHI CHRISTOPHER( EZE IMOKA) AND OTHER SECRET CULT RELATED ACTS

BY EZE OBI ( 07039819624), OKONKWO CHUKWUDI ( 08136538042), JAZZY SM(+2349018524934), CHISOM ONWURAJ AND OTHERS AT LARGE

On behalf of our brother, Christopher Onyebuchi ( Eze Imoka) of Amachalla Village Awka , who was gruesomely murdered by gunmen believed to be members of a secret cult called Ayez Confraternity, we write you as below:

  1. On Friday 29th October,2021, in the morning hours, Onyebuchi Christopher while discharging his duty as the Awka Chief Priest ( Eze- Imoka) was shot severally and assassinated by gunmen suspected to be cultists.
  2. That as the deceased Eze Imoka’s family persons were till nursing the sudden demise of Christopher Onyebuchi ( Eze Imoka), behold, the social media platforms were flooded with WhatsApp Chat proofs, adducing that Eze Imoka was gruesomely murdered by cultists who are members of the dreaded secret cult known as Ayez or Black Axe. The said WhatsApp proofs were downloaded from Facebook platforms and attached to this petition for documentary reasons.
  3. According to the reports trending on the social space, the WhatsApp chats were extracted from the cellphone of a suspected member of Amikwo Community Youth Security, Awka, by name Chisom Onwurah( Aka: Baret). The WhatsApp chats were made on different dates ranging from 25th October, 2021, 27th October, 2021, to 29th October, 2021. The WhatsApp voice notes were also made before and shortly after the murder of Eze Imoka by members of Ayez secret cult. Copy of one of the Facebook stories on how Eze Imoka was gruesomely murdered by gunmen is hereby attached for your perusal.
  4. Investigations conducted on the telephone numbers contained in one of the WhatsApp chats using truecaller, revealed that the phone no; 07039819624 is registered with MTN as Eze Obi, 08136538042 is registered as Okonkwo Chukwudi and +2349018524934 as Jazzy S.M. Attached to this petition are the WhatsApp profiles of the suspected cultists.
  5. Nevertheless, Eze Obi in his voice WhatsApp chats with Okonkwo Chukwudi attested that Eze Imoka ( Onyebuchi Christopher ) was gruesomely murdered by their secret cult, the RBC of the Ayez Sec. Eze Obi in his voice note vowed that more people are still going to be killed by their criminal gangs.

Sir, It is very imperative to note Sir that WhatsApp App cannot operate once the time and date of a cellphone does not correspond with any local time and date of a given country, therefore, the dates and times conveyed by the WhatsApp chat proofs are authentic, therefore, we request for proper and full police investigation into our complaint.
We request that Eze Obi who in his WhatsApp chats with Okonkwo Chukwudi spoke in secrecy but has very important undisclosed information to give on the real identities of those who murdered Eze Imoka should be tracked via his phone line, and his cellphone’s ( WhatsApp chats, call log and text message) alongside his partners in crime,Okonkwo Chukwudi, Jazzy SM and others at large be carefully and thoroughly probed by the police.
We appeal that Eze Obi, Okonkwo Chukwudi, Chisom Onwurah and others who are indicted by police investigation are made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a lesson to other cultists and the police findings on this case be made public interest of public peace.
We finally appeal that our complaint be detailed to State C.II.D, Awka or the Anti Cultism Squad of the command for proper documentation.

We shall be relying on your investigations
Signed

Mr. Patrick Nwosu

Mr. Ejike Obiorah

Men guilty of €183,000 PUP scam could have links with notorious Black Axe gang

Source: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/men-guilty-of-183000-pup-scam-could-have-links-with-notorious-black-axe-gang-41023571.html

Detectives suspect two men who pleaded guilty this week to a money-laundering conspiracy involving €183,491 in funds fraudulently obtained under the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) programme are part of the global-wide Nigerian Black Axe crime organisation.

Black Axe is considered to be the world’s biggest fraud gang, and senior officers attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) believe its activities in Ireland have significantly increased in recent years.

“It is suspected that this gang has been in Ireland for around 20 years but their activities here have become more prevalent,” a source told the Irish Independent.