Cultists butcher rival, post beheading video on WhatsApp

Date: 31/3/21


The police have arrested a suspected member of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity for the murder a rival cult member and recording his beheading.

After killing his victim, Ugochukwu Igwilo, the suspect, Nzubechukwu Victor Okonkwo, reportedly posted the video of his apparent beheading on WhatsApp, a private messaging social media app.

Okonkwo was arrested by the Inspector-General’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Abia State.

The suspect, who was arrested alongside Prince Kalu, an alleged member of the confraternity, was apprehended after operatives of the IRT, headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, raided a seven-man gang of armed robbers who robbed and killed some POS agents in Aba Town.

Sources disclosed that the armed robbers were all members of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity and that during interrogations they confessed that a member of their confraternity, Okonkwo, was the person who killed and beheaded the person who was seen in the viral video.

It was further gathered that after the victim was beheaded, Okonkwo and three of his gang members also cut of the victim’s legs, arms and his private part and took it to a native doctor at a village in Ahia Afor, where it was used to make charms that they claimed would give them protection from the police and rival cult gangs.

Narrating why he killed and beheaded Igwilo, Okonkwo, who claimed to be a student of Nigeria Maritime Academy Oron , Cross Rivers State, said:

‘I am from Idiator North, Local Government Area of Imo State, and I joined the Vikings Confraternity in 2013 and I live in Aba with my parent. Mr Virus took me to join the Vikings Confraternity. I was the former head of the confraternity in Aba in 2015. I ruled for six months before I was removed and we had three guns during my time. I was arrested because I killed Ugochukwu Igwilo, who is a member of Black Axe Confraternity. We had a cult war in Aba in 2020 and Ugochukwu killed one of our members, Lampard, and the message was reported in our WhatsApp group chat.

‘Ugochukwu attacked Lampard at his compound in Umuchichi around Osisioma area of Aba and butchered him, and before then Ugochukwu had also attempted to kill me but I escaped. Ugochukwu was also the former head of the Black Axe group in Aba. So, on March 6, 2021, Ugochukwu came to where we were playing football with one Segior and a member of our group known as “More-Light” was with a gun with him at that time. Then we ordered Ugochukwu to follow us into the bush with the gun and he obeyed. But while we were moving into the bush, he attempted to escape and Otiko, a member of our group, went after him and broke his head with a big stick. Then I shot him with the locally-made gun and he died on the spot. Then we dragged his dead body to our Island which is not far from the bush and I cut off his head and I videotaped it. I then sent video to our WhatsZpp group chat, from where it went viral. I also presented the head to our members who were not on ground when we killed the victim. Two other members of our group, Spiritual and Otiko, then went to the corpse and removed more body parts that they took to a native doctor at Ogbor Hill in Village Ahia Afor. The herbalist grinded the head then asked us to pound the bones. When our present members were pounding the head, the herbalist was making incantations, saying the charm was to prevent the police from arresting us. But the charmed failed us. The video I shared went viral and when More-Light was arrested over the POS robbery, he also confessed that he was part of the group that killed a beheaded Ugochukwu. Prince was just a witness to the crime. I was planning to become an engineer but now that dream has been cut short. My biggest regret is that someone else will be sleeping with my girlfriend.’

One dead as rival cult group clash in Osun


The clash between two rival cult in Osogbo, Osun state, Saturday left one person dead. 

The victim, Azeez Tajudeen, was killed in front of Laro-Timehin, Isale-Osun area, Osogbo,  during a carnival organised by a group. 

It was gathered that Tajudeen was invited out of the carnival and macheted to death. 

Sources said the victim was shot three times before he was eventually killed with matchete. 

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Daniel Adigun,confirmed the killing. 

He said the clash was between two cult group who might have had altercation before the carnival. 

According to NSCDC spokesman, the corpse has been deposited at the morgue of UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. 

He assured residence that normalcy has been returned to the place. 

Police determined to decimate robbery, cultism — CP


The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has vowed to get rid of robbers and cultists with the adoption of community policing strategies in the state.

Odumosu made this promise in a statement signed on Saturday by the Police Public Relations Officer OlumuyiwaAdejobi. The police boss said that police operative attached to Akodo Division arrested two suspected members of Aiye Confraternity at Eleko Beach in an attempt to attack their targets in the afternoon. “Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol with some live cartridges and some charms. “The suspects will be transferred to State CID, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and prosecution,” he said.

Odumosu said that it was imperative to take the battle against robbery and cultism to their dens across the state and flush them out according to the provisions of the law. He reaffirmed his zero tolerance for crimes and social vices, especially cultism which were the root of all violent crimes. “Similarly, the Rapid Response Squad operatives on new year arrested two suspected robbers operating on motorcycle and eight suspected criminals in their various hideouts. “Preliminary investigation reveals that the trio connived, converged, and lodged on Obalende Area, Lagos, in preparation for their robbery operation,” Odumosu said. He said that items recovered from the robbery suspects include two knives and their operational motorcycle. “Meanwhile, eight suspected criminals including three suspected cultists, five drug dealers were picked up at different locations within the state on new year’s eve.

Three killed in Lagos cult clashes


No fewer than three persons suspected to be cultists have been killed and many others injured in the Abesan area of Lagos State.

The clash between Eiye and Aye members reportedly started on the Boxing day when some members of one of the cult groups were attacked and a reprisal attack on Monday led to the death of three people.

This is just as the police in the state arrested about fifteen suspected cultists during raids on different black spots in Ikorodu and Ajah area of the state.

The Abesan killing was said to be a reprisal attack from suspected members of the Aye cult group whose members were attacked last weekend.

Newsmen gathered that trouble started around the Abesan Low Cost Housing Estate when suspected members of the Aye cult group attacked their rival group.

Two members of the Aye group were reportedly badly injured in the attack, resulting in the reprisal attack that led to the death of three persons on Monday.

Meanwhile, the police in the state swung to action and arrested fifteen members different cult groups in the state.

The image-maker in charge of the state police command, Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of the suspected cult members.

Adejobi said “as part of its efforts to protect lives and property in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command has been on the trail of criminals who have been terrorising Lagosians at strategic locations, especially in Ikorodu and Lekki/Ajah areas of the state in order to decimate their plans.”

“On 28/12/2020 at about 4am, while responding to a distress call from Agunfoye area of Ikorodu, the Police Surveillance team attached to Ikorodu Division of the Command arrested one Taiye Lasisi ‘m’, 20, of Agunfoye, with a locally made Revolver pistol.”

He also continued that “after his arrest, a search was extended to other black spots in the area where 13 (thirteen) other suspected cultists belonging to Aiye Confrarternity were arrested.”

He listed the arrested cult members as Segun Ariyo aka Zangalo, who was once arrested and transferred to the disbanded SARS in Lagos, Kazeem Akinpelu, Ibrahim Oni, Tobi Awoyefa Yusuf Okunlowo, Oyesanya Damola ‘m’, Bola Hassan ‘m’, Toheeb Adesina ‘m’, Hassan Ashiru Onafowokan Michael, Folahan Adeola, Damilola Adeola and Julius Ihara.

According to Adejobi “exhibits recovered from the suspects are eight mobile phones, three bags, one black belt, one White handkerchief containing four lighters, one black nylon containing some charms, some expended and live ammunition and two black 25 litre kegs containing skuchies.

“Similarly, the police operatives in Akodo Division, on December 28, 2020, at about 4am, arrested one suspected cultist, Lekan Razak (20) while attempting to rob at No. 25, Ibomide Street, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.

“The suspect, who has confessed to be a member of Eiye Confraternity, was arrested with a locally-made pistol with some live cartridges.”

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for the transfer of the suspects to the State CID Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation.

He also reiterated his zero-tolerance for cultism and other crimes in the state.



One person was confirmed dead on Friday in a fracas reportedly involving rival cult groups in Osogbo, Osun State.

The clash which started at a carnival held near Arikalamu Compound, Osogbo, on Thursday reportedly claimed the life of a scavenger, simply identified as Saheed.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said Saheed was killed with a stone after he clashed with an unnamed member of Aye Confraternity.

The source further said that the deceased, who belonged to a rival cult group, acted rudely to a senior member of Aye and was killed at the venue.

“He had attended a carnival in the area when the crisis started. He was a scavenger,” the source added.

Upon learning of his demise, members of Saheed’s group were said to have organised a candlelight for him on Thursday evening in the Sabo area.

City Round learnt that during the procession, traders in Sabo, who were predominantly Hausa, were beaten up for allegedly impeding the movement of the mourners.

A resident of Sabo, simply identified as Amusa, told our correspondent that, a yet-to-be-identified trader was killed in the process, adding that the hoodlums continued their onslaught on Friday morning.

A female trader in Sabo said many people were injured in the clashes and taken to hospitals within the town. She, however, said no one was killed in Sabo.

When our correspondent visited the scene around 10am on Friday, gunshots suspected to have been fired by the hoodlums were heard some metres away from where the police were stationed.

Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, who was also at the scene, told journalists that the parties involved had been identified.

The Special Adviser to Osun State Governor on Security, Abiodun Ige, confirmed one dead.

Ige said, “Normalcy has returned to the area. One person was confirmed dead in the fracas but the identity of the deceased is not available yet. Rival cult groups were involved in the clash which claimed one person.’’

New year Eve: Cultists kill two in Delta community


No fewer than two persons have been killed on the eve of New year in a cult war believed to be retaliatory between members of rival cult groups in the Sapele local government area of Delta State, This is coming barely 48 hours after a popular hairstylist, Adams Ejuvwese, popularly called 10 over 10 was killed.

Vanguard learnt that trouble started on Tuesday after the popular hairstylist while sitting in front of his saloon along New road by Otite road junction in Sapele on Tuesday was gun down in broad daylight by suspected cultists. Sources said the killing which shook the community was greeted with reprisals, during which cult members at the scene were reportedly heard boasting that they would retaliate the murder of the young man. Barely 16 hours after the killing, a rival cult member said to have celebrated the death of the hairstylist was said to have been arrested by men of the vigilante.

According to sources, one of the men shot last night, whose name cannot be ascertained as at the time of going to press, was killed inside his car (a Venza) while heading to the Total end of New road by Adeola, close to a popular car stand, an action that sent members of churches around that vicinity scampering for safety. Another cult member was also shot dead on Ofortokun road, at the back of a public secondary school, while the third person reportedly shot at Cemetery road is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital inside the town. Yesterday killing has brought the number of cult-related deaths cases to five in the past one month. A 26 years old, Aghogho Destiny was gunned down early last month, at the Mission Road area of the town by gunmen suspected to be cultist, while two persons were shot that same night with one dying from the gunshot wounds while the other victim, Odirin is still battling for his life, at an undisclosed hospital in town. Meanwhile, residents of Sapele have appealed to the state Governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa to quickly intervene, “This town is under attack by these cultists and soon we will not be able to go out of our houses, we need government’s intervention without any further delay” a resident, Alao Kubehinje said The residents, therefore, appealed to the state governor and the Hon Eugene Inoaghan to as a matter of urgency intervene and save their lives from the rampaging cultists.

Ogun So-Safe Corps nabs suspected black axe cultists terrorising Ijebu


The Ogun State Government security outfit, the So-Safe Corps said it has arrested three suspected black axe cultists terrorising Ijebu axis of the state.

The So-Safe Corps said it was notified a few weeks ago that the activities of some notorious cult groups in Ijebu could cause psychological trauma to residents if it was not nipped in the bud.

The corps said it gathered intelligence that some Aiye Fraternity members in Ijebu axis were planning to create civil unrest by engaging a rival cult group in a fight.

“The State Commander of Corps, Soji Ganzallo, said after series of useful intelligence were gathered, the Special Squad of the corps were deployed to foil the deadly operation of these crime suspects and to smoke them out before their dastardly act could be launched on innocent Ogun residents,” DAILY POST was told.

A statement by the spokesperson of So-Safe Corps, Moruf Yusuf, confirmed that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday morning.

According to Yusuf, the suspects had confessed to the criminal offences, saying “they boldly confirmed it that creating a state of cacophony is their day to day business activities.

“The apprehended suspected cultists are Mr Asiru Asa, Messrs Femi and Idris.

“These unscrupulous elements were apprehended today Wednesday, 30th December 2020 at Satina Street located in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

“The suspects were transferred to the police at Igbeba division together with the items recovered from them – one pump-action and two cut-to-size locally made guns,” the statement read in part.

Central African mafia in Palermo


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On December 12, Matteo Salvini, leader of the League and senator of the republic, was in Sicily, in Catania, where the hearing of the trial took place which sees him accused of kidnapping for having delayed the disembarkation of the irregular emigrants of the Gregoretti ship in 2019. By coincidence, the next day the BBC dedicated a reportage to Sicily.

Accompanied by photographic documentation, the report explains how the island has become a happy, joyful multicultural center thanks to the fact that thousands of young Africans, mainly from West African countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia, they have chosen it as their new home.

It is often forgotten, says the BBC, that while tens of thousands of Africans have passed through the island, passing through on their journey to Northern Europe, as many have instead decided to stay. Palermo in particular, “always a melting pot of cultures”, is fortunate to have a mayor, Leoluca Orlando, “pro-migrants” and for this reason the city has long been known and appreciated for its hospitality. “Over the years,” observes the author of the report, migrant journalist Ismail Einashe, “I have seen how much African culture has reshaped the city, from musical tastes to the popularity of African dances to food and even the hairstyles of young people. Sicilians “. “In no district of Palermo”, he continues, “the African presence is more evident than in that of Ballarò,

Following is a description of the evenings in Palermo, animated by African songs, drums and dances while in the bars of Ballarò you can drink spritz, but also cocktails that taste of mango, hibiscus, pineapple and ginger, and in the restaurants Sicilian and African dishes are served . At the market, then, next to the Italian stalls, there are those full of once unknown products, such as okra and sweet potatoes, and African women grill corn cobs: “A corner of Africa sprouts everywhere, from Nigerian women who sell soda, sweets and beer to Senegalese tailors who make African-style clothing ».

In addition to his own direct experience, Ismail Einashe drew on Italian sources to document himself, but in a very selective way: for example, the website, where it is possible to read an article entitled «Palermo. I will dance safer thanks to Africans ”, in which it is argued that immigrants have“ contributed positively to returning the historic center to the city ”; or L’Espresso, which in 2019 published the article “Palermo, the capital of hospitality: the great lesson of Sicily to all of Italy”, according to which Ballarò “lives again” thanks to the immigrants who denounce the extortionists of the mafia: ” an alternative model “.

In the L’Espresso article, however, it is said that the journalist Gianmauro Costa, a fervent supporter of the providential good influence of immigrants on Palermo, nevertheless set his novel “Black Market” in Ballarò, whose protagonist “is struggling with Black Ax, the new Nigerian mafia ». Just scroll through the Palermitan news to understand why. Eiye, an offshoot of Black Ax, manages the racket of trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing in Ballarò. This is also why violence is frequent in the neighborhood. Among the recent ones, one of the most serious involved dozens of people at the end of May: a maxi brawl between Italians and Africans mostly from Gambia armed with knives, sticks and shards of bottles that required the intervention of dozens of police vehicles. and police.

But Ismail Einashe does not mention these problems, much less speaks of the way in which the immigrants arrived in the city “which they have chosen as their new home”. Irregular, illegal, clandestine. Not once are these terms used in the service.

Yet many, if not all the foreigners who, according to the journalist, revive and normalize Palermo and Sicily by fighting the mafia and animating the life of once infrequent neighborhoods, have presumably landed in Italy without documents and visas, transported by an organization of traffickers. , and, if they still live in Italy, it is because they took their time declaring themselves refugees and filing an asylum request.

This is certainly the case of the Nigerian singer Chris Obehi, who arrived from Nigeria at the age of 17 “after having faced the dangerous route that passes through Libya” and who in many of his songs evokes the difficulties encountered in reaching Palermo. In one of his greatest hits he sings the crossing of the Mediterranean: a few unrelated words, the text, and a single sentence repeated and shouted over and over again: “We are not fish, we are not fish in the sea, but we are human”.

Almost incidentally, the BBC article notes that “a growing anti-migrant sentiment pervades the island.” Why are they irregular? Why do they use the expedient of calling themselves refugees to be included in the expensive reception program set up for them?

Why, when they leave, they mostly find no work except in black, since in Sicily the inactivity rate exceeds 52 percent and they also do not speak Italian and lack training? Why do they join the Nigerian mafias or other sectors of organized crime?

No. For the BBC, anti-migrant sentiment arises from the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cultists, Recover Arms


The Police in Anambra, Southeast Nigeria on Monday said they have arrested four suspected cult members and recovered incriminating items including a pump-action machine gun from them.

The command said one of the arrested suspects had been on their wanted list for cultism related offences.

Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command said the suspects were harvested from different hideouts across the state by operatives of the Special Anti-Cult Squad (SPACS).

Mohammed said the suspects had confessed to being members of Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities.

“Command Anti-Cult Unit raided various hideouts and blackspots following intelligence reports and arrested three suspects as follows; Nwabuwanne Maduka 22, Anayo Ikechukwu 21, and Gozie Okoye, 37,” he said.

“Suspects were arrested at Amawa village Ogbunike in Oyi LGA of Anambra State and they voluntarily confessed to being members of cult groups, exhibits recovered in their possessions included one pump action gun.”

The fourth suspect, one Chukwuweike Ndupu, 26, a  native of Atani, Ogbauru Local Government Area who resides at Oye Olisa, Ogbunike in Oyi LGA has been on the Police wanted list in cult-related cases, the police spokesman said.

“He has voluntarily confessed to being a member of Vikings confraternity and exhibits recovered in his possession included one locally made single barrel pistol and one live cartridge.”

Mohammed said the cases were under investigation and those culpable would be charged to court while urging members of the public to provide timely information for prompt response in a time of emergency.

Cultism has been a source of major security concern in Anambra.

Professor Au Nnonyelu of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Business School Awka, at a recent Media Symposium in Awka noted that the prevalence of cultism in Anambra was a big question mark to the claim that the state was the safest in Nigeria.

Nnoyelu blamed the spate of cultism on poverty and unemployment which had resulted in a struggle for access to control resources that were non-existent.

He called on Anambra State Government to urgently address the issue of youth unemployment as a way of controlling cultism in the state.

“It is for contestation among the youth for resources that are inexplicable, the government has to address it because it is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode anytime soon,” he said.

Why we killed three members of a rival group – 26-years-old cultist confesses


A 26 year old suspected cultist, Tolu Omojuwa has confessed that his group, ‘Eiye fraternity killed three members of a rival cult group known as Black Axe over supremacy tussle in Igbokoda, headquarters of Ilaje council area of Ondo State.

Omojuwa who was paraded alongside 33 other criminals by the state police command in Akure, weekend, said the two rival groups had been having a running battle over supremacy tussle in the oil rich riverine area of the state for over three years.

Speaking with newsmen, the suspect said ” My group Eiye group had for long been having clashes with ‘Aye’ fraternity, otherwise known as Black Axe group in the community and this had led to the killing of three of the ‘Aye’ members also known as Black Axe by my group.

According to him, the clash between the two cult groups had been on since 2017 within the community.

The suspect disclosed that he was arrested when he was invited for ‘peace talk’ by leaders in the community.

Meanwhile, four other suspects were arrested for cutting off the head of a corpse in the mortuary in Ajowa Akoko area of the state.

The suspects include Salau Ahmed aged 31, Ologe Oni aged 23, Ibrahim Ahmed aged 35 and Ibrahim Ganiyu aged 45.

The state police commissioner, Bolaji Salami said ” on 15th December, 2020 at about 1400hrs, at Ajowa Akoko, the Detectives of Ondo State Command received an information that On the 25th day of November, 2020 the head of one of the corpse in the mortuary at Ajowa Akoko was cut off and taken away by unknown person/persons.

“Detectives swung into action and arrested the following suspects, (i) Salau Ahmed ‘m’ Aged 31 (.11) Ologe Oni ‘m’ Aged 23 (iii) Ibrahim Ahmed ‘m’ Aged 35 (w) Ibrahim Ganiyu ‘m’ Aged 45.

“On interrogation, the suspects confessed to the commission of the crime. They will soon be arraigned in court.

The Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami maintained that investigations were still on towards unearthing other atrocities and accomplices of the criminals.

Salami assured residents of the state of maximum security during the yuletide.