See The Black Axe Cult Group That Killed 10 People In Lagos State

Date: 3/3/21

Source: See The Black Axe Cult Group That Killed 10 People In Lagos State

These two Cult groups don’t always agree among themselves so they fight on a daily basis which results in the killing of many innocent people in the community.

The black axe and Vikings confraternity cult groups were said to have started fighting on Sunday last week which moved over till Monday yesterday.

As a result of these, two suspected cultists were arrested at Ebute- Meta area of Lagos state with dangerous weapons which were used freely to fight and kill their rivals.

According to reports, 10 people were allegedly killed during the fight while about 7 people were injured.

Reports had it that some policemen have been sent to the scene to restore normalcy and prevent further breakdown of law and order.

Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said while speaking to newsmen on Wednesday that the police had brought back peace and order to the people of Ebute- Metta area, some suspected cultists killed their fellow Cult members, and some innocent people were killed in the process, the two Cult group exchange so many bullets before the police came to rrestore peace.

Confirming the arrest at the state police headquarters the commissioner of police Lagos state said that this Cult Clash started at about 4pm in the evening, some notorious Cult members came in from different part of the state and clashed at ikorodu.

According to the commissioner, so many innocent people were killed during the process, while some were in the hospital receiving treatment.

The Commissioner added that some of the cult members were arrested and investigations are still ongoing, they will soon be charged to court. The families of the innocent people killed have cried out bitterly for justice saying that the police must fetch out all the cultists involved in the crime.

Let’s say no to cultism!

NBM – Masters of Election Violence

Was quite surprised to see this posted in a Neo Black Movement (Black Axe) Facebook group. 

 

The Department of Political Science University of Amsterdam is looking for two PhD candidates to work on ‘Elections and Violence in Nigeria; funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Ursula Daxecker.

Essential: A Master’s degree or equivalent in political science or closely related discipline.

Salary: €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month.

Closing date: 15 January 2020.

Please share, so Nigerians can apply.

All the details via

 

Though to be fair there is no individual with more expertise in the field of ‘Election Violence’ in Nigeria than a member of the NBM. So it was probably posted in the most fitting place. 

Lets not forget the Benin Zone Wahala where members of the NBM squabbled over the “misappropriation of funds” in regards to money given by the Governor of Benin to ensure his victory. 

This is widespread and the NBM are utilised throughout the country to ensure various individual’s route to power through the use of violence and election fraud.  

I used to joke that if you see members of the NBM holding banners saying they are against something…. Then they are almost certainly doing it. 

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They say they are against something (cultism, fraud, human trafficking, rape, drug abuse, violence, kidnapping, terrorism, vote buying, election violence, illegality, oppression, racism) then they are very often the masters of it. 

Zino Fazizi Wahala

Dear Zino Fazizi KB 95)

 

Re: Your Allegations towards Lord idris Alooma (Udi 1997

 

 

The COE of London Zone in its meeting deliberated on your complaint that the Zonal Chief priest Lord Idris Alooma was chatting up your wife which was minuted at your request.

 

We heard from yourself at our Zonal COE meeting, we also heard from Lord Idris Alooma as well as from your wife by phone and a witness who was present throughout the time Lord Idris Alooma was at your house

Having deliberated on the issue at hand the COE came to the following conclusions;

  1. Lord Idris Alooma did not speak to your wife throughout the time he was at your home
  2. Lord Idris Alooma was never alone with our wife throughout the time he was at your home
  3. Lord Idris Alooma has not contacted your wife in any shape or form subsequent to his leaving your home
  4. The whole basis of your complaint is that lord Idris Alooma looked at your wife
  5. Your wife told us three times on the phone that the main reason that she was upset was that you were too drunk on the day to deal with any matter that could have arisen
  6. you Lied to the Zone and subjected the Zonal CeePee to false allegations of chatting up your wife

 

 

The Coe decision is as follows

 

1. You are to apologise to Lord Idris Alooma by phone

2. You are to apologise in writing to the house for lying

3. You are to be fined as follows £50 damages to Lord Idris Alooma, bring your dues up to date and £100 to COE for wasting our time with an allegation found to be false.

 

 

COE London Zone

Friends Mourn Young Man Hacked To Death By Alleged Cultists In Calabar

News on very typical axeman behaviour. Shooting a young man then hacking his head off with machetes until the police arrive….

Source: https://www.withinnigeria.com/2019/12/17/friends-mourn-young-man-hacked-to-death-by-alleged-cultists-in-calabar/

 

No fewer than five people have been reportedly dead in Calabar owing to a renewed cult war between alleged members of the Axe Confraternity and Klansmen.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the latest victim of the cult war identified as Samuel was shot and hacked to death on Monday.

The victim, Samuel was suspected to be a member of a cult groupcalled Axe which is reported to be at loggerheads with rival group, Klans.

According to reports, the incident happened around 8:30am on Iboku Street in Calabar South LGA near a barber’s shop where the victim had gone to have a haircut.

He was reportedly standing in front of the barber’s shop with the barber when his assailants shot at him severally before attempting to severe his head with a machete.

“There was stampede when the two men, dressed in black pair of trousers and tee-shirts, brandished their machetes and guns. They wanted to severe Samuel’s head after they had shot and hacked him severally with a machete. They were about to completely severe the victim’s head when they were dissuaded by the blaring of police siren.

It was further learnt that the victim, a resident of Idang, Atim Edem Rise Street was a trader at the popular Watt market in Calabar while his mother is a petty trader in the neighbourhood.

He said the victim must have been trailed by his killers, adding that police operatives from the Mbukpa division who arrived the scene after the suspected rival cultists had fled, evacuated the body.

Earlier, another victim identified as Victor Edem was hacked to death at his shop, where he sold cooking gas and two others were killed at Mayne Avenue also in Calabar South.

It was gathered that men of the Special Anti -Robbery Squad were immediately deployed in the affected areas to restore normalcy. The SARS team reportedly made some arrests.

The latest killings followed last week’s beheading of two suspected cult members , one of whom was killed around Wilkie by Ephraim Street in Calabar South, while the other victim, identified simply as Cafu, was murdered in the Afokang area of Calabar South.

While reacting to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Irene Ugbo confirmed the killings and further added that it was the outcome of the ongoing rival cult clash between Klans and Axe groups which, she said, has claimed many lives already.

Shortly after the demise of Samuel, his friends and loved ones have taken to Facebook to mourn his death.

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Police arrest two fake soldiers, accomplice in Anambra

A special “anti-cult unit” surprisingly doing it’s job in Anambra State.  Arresting 6 alleged members of the NBM.

Source: https://punchng.com/police-arrest-two-fake-soldiers-accomplice-in-anambra/

Tony Okafor, Awka

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested two persons for impersonating soldiers in the state.

Also nabbed was their accomplice.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Saturday.

He said the suspects were wearing military uniforms and pretending to be serving military personnel when they were arrested.

He said, “The Command Special Anti-cult unit arrested one Joseph Onyedika, 23, of Okposi in Ohaozara LGA of Ebonyi State, Emmanuel Christopher, 27 of Oraifite in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State, (and) ThankGod Sike, 25, of Obioma Ngwa in Abia State but residing at Nnewi in Anambra State.

“Suspects were arrested wearing military camouflaged uniforms under the pretence that they are serving military personnel and a jackknife was also recovered from them.

He said a preliminary investigation revealed that two of the suspects were fake soldiers while the third one was undergoing further investigation at the military cantonment to ascertain his true identity.

Mohammed also confirmed the arrest of four men suspected to be cultists.

He said the suspects confessed they were preparing to initiate new members into the Black Axe confraternity before they were arrested by the police.

He added, “Following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Special Anti-cult unit stormed a forest located within Abagana in Njikoka LGA of Anambra State and arrested four male suspects who confessed that they were to initiate new members into Black Axe confraternity before they were rounded up by the police.

Mohammed said, “Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one locally-made double barrel pistol, one locally-made Beretta pistol, five live cartridges, 12 expended cartridges, one musical drum, one big axe, one gallon containing concoction, charms and other incriminating items.”

He said the suspects would be charged after investigations were concluded.

Blended on Social Media

Reluctantly venturing into the world of ‘celebrity gossip’….

Though it is important to determine which celebrities are axeman and which aren’t. 

Celebrities serve as role models for youth and live lives others aspire to. If celebrity X eats Y then you can be sure lots of people are going to start eating Y. If celebrity X wears Y then you can be sure Y is going fly off the shelves as youths start to buy and wear it. 

Is Davido a member? Seems a lot of people believe so and as his popularity rises so does that of the NBM. Is Grammy nominated Burna Boy a member? Again seems a lot of people think so and are equating more and more that becoming a member of the Black Axe is a way of getting on the inside and a way to fast-track to international stardom.

In the last week a video was shared in NBM facebook circles and Twitter purporting to show an NBM member “giving egede” (arm bumping) Anthony Joshua. The video was picked up by a popular South Africa musician who helped cement the narrative that Anthony Joshua was a member and the video went viral. 

Source: https://www.mcebiscoo.com/aye-axemen-busted-anthony-joshua-is-a-member-of-black-axe/

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So, Nigerian-British heavyweight boxerAnthony Olufemi Joshua has appeared in a viral video that suggestshe is not a jew. Anthony who hails fromSagamu, Ogun State has been heavily linked to being a member of the Neo Black Movement of Africa aka Aye-axemen.In the viral video, Anthony Joshua and a man could be seen doing the axe salutationwhich is the emblem of the NBM. It demonstrates the readiness to confront the most difficult tasks

 

I think the analysis above of what the video shows (and what is been popularly spread on social media) is misconceived.  The video doesn’t show an axeman giving AJ egede. It appears to me to be fellow boxer Omotunde Tabiti. 

And although Anthony Joshua is a convicted drug dealer (also somehow given an OBE – Order of the British Empire) and would probably fit in with his violent drug dealing counterparts in the NBM it seems very unlikely the video is evidence of his membership.

NBM members are either 1) blended officially through the correct channels 2) blended in a corner 3) blended unknowingly on social media.

Anthony Joshua would appear to be a victim of the later…

WHO IS A TRUE AXEMAN?

The thoughts of Aye Santos Kabaka 1, ZAR ’04, South Eastern Zone:

WHO IS A TRUE AXEMAN?
On the judgment day, all men shall stand to give account of themselves before the throne, you will stand and I will stand but before you dance ‘Egumo’ in the circumference of the authority of a mortal without being ignorantly stupendous. But with a more probing mind and mentality one may say that the Neo-Black Movement has not leaved to its philosophy.

Sadly and very regrettably the stage or internal power structure that was once synonymous with objectivity, rationality, wisdom, discipline, strong moral values, anti-oppressive tendencies etc. have since been captured by hangers-on. Thus celebrating mediocrity and ignorance to the values and ideals of the NBM and the society at large through leadership imposition and recycling. Rather than be a part finder for the social transformation of the Nigerian society, the NBM may have lost its flavour not yet its taste. And only those with a faulty periscope and intellectual obstruction would not concur and rather choose to prolong this chaotic, visionless structure without any concrete development plan for the movement like any civilized organization.

Today the social dynamics of our society may support the morally bankrupt saying that the end justifies the means, with a consolatory concept that no condition is permanent. Going down the memory lane, all African state may have overcome colonial domination and oppression, an ugly trend that once held our people captives in their own land. But for those brave and strong African soldiers like Nkrumah, Julius Nyirere, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Oliver Thambo, Siaka Steven e.t.c. Africans would still have been treated with disdain and subjugation. Every Axe-Man ought to be an Africa Soldier.

However, it is in line with the struggle and the progress of the black man, the Neo-Black Movement of Africa has anchored its philosophy, which is against oppression, indignity, exploitation, rape, injustices and all racist tendencies that once characterized our land, yet it is not “UHURU”.

Regrettably, most states in Africa are in worse situation than they were during Colonial Rule, no thanks to indigenous leadership, which is often credited with insecurity, corruption, selfishness, the lack of political ideology and the vision which has made the betterment and enjoyment of her people very elusive. Ironically the people seem to be okay with Nigeria as one of the “most corrupt and most happy people in the world”.

Rather than the end to these unproductive and retrogressive internal and external influence buried in an implosive and explosive elements of social degeneration of society. Nigerians themselves are collaborators of this retrogression, both as individuals and a group promoting the parochial and unimaginable degree of social and economic injustices prevailing in Nigeria .

So bad is this situation that has eating so deep into our psyche and resulting in a near state of hopelessness. Morality and good Conscience have become fugitive to our people. The “ends they say justify the means” rather than allow the means to justify the end. Power rest in the hands of the very strong and power no longer belong to the generality of the people. And if you can’t beat them, you join them. These statements are unprogressive and barrier to civilized development.

In the face of economic challenges people have resulted to politics and financial crimes as the only means to financial and economic emancipation at the expense of the people. Unfortunately Ayes are often recruited as political thugs and land speculators, so dirty and pitiable development that has claimed the lives of so many Ayes. Worst still is the near transformation of the Neo-Black Movement into an extension of every political party in power for the benefit and aggrandizement of a very few. This brings the leadership of the Movement in particular to bear, at every facet of the Movement.

The Neo-Black Movement according to “Encarta” dictionary has been defined as a criminal organization, how would a registered organization be so define, however with critical analysis of the activity and conduct of members of the Movement, one maybe tempted to agree that the Movement has over the years drifted from its original objectives and the old order, due to the conduct of some very few members of the organization, that have giving the NBM a bad reputation..

Every organization, movement and states progress and development is built on strong internal structure and mechanism that justifies its super structure. No organization progresses on weak internal mechanism. Therefore it is critical that NBM should have quality membership through its recruitment and orientation processes, to support the philosophy and ideology of the organization.

There is no doubt that the problems confronting the Movement are multi-hydra in nature and among the many problems of the NBM is its commercialization, the quest to make money particularly at the Temple Level, which have never been financially responsible to the Zones and National as the later have not proven to be sufficiently financially Accountable and Responsible. All manner of persons have been admitted into the movement without quality control. Majority of them lack in intellectual flavour, discipline and other moral values. With little or no proper orientation, they are like viruses polluting the entire system which has earned the Movement negative image in the eyes of the public and have cursed the Neo-Black Movement of Africa more troubles resulting in clashes with other groups.

Because the system has been polluted, Ayes no longer care for one another and members are no longer united as was the case before the last ten years, due to decadence, “unity is gone with the winds”. Reprisal attacks on other fraternities do not demonstrate love and unity among members. Such energies should be chaneled into more positive areas of benefit for Ayes. Every black-man is a brother of a true Axe-Man.

However, the no brother for NBM slogan no longer make a meaning to Ayes and the Neo-Black Movement, this has been brought by economic dependence, poverty and lack, and as a result poly-communualism and click is the order of the day in NBM with some Ayes showing double loyalty. Based on financial reward some Ayes have lost their integrity and would rather “obey their office chairman than any other person” what a decadence!

Our problem has been compounded by the lack of a comprehensive database of members which has made it difficult for effective monitoring of the activities of Ayes and Lords, where necessary appropriate socially justifiable disciplinary action can be taking. “Not the pady-pady style” that is the practice today.

With all sense of modesty, of all the Confraternities in the country, there is no doubt that none of them can match the philosophy of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa. Suffice to say that if its ideology is pursued with a commitment to assisting each other, members will excel in every area of their chosen profession and carrier, so that Ayes and Lords can be able to contribute to the political and economic emancipation of our people and ensuring a stable and developed society, certainly not when youths and members turn into thugs and criminals for agents of destabilization and exploitation for “peanuts”.

The growth of NBM over the years have brought it much envy and hatred from other rival Confraternities, such that any one the want recognition and popularity will always have to “fight or clash with Ayes” to make the public feel they are strong. NBM is the most militant and African consciences centered. But most worrisome is the conduct of some Ayes, who feel they are superman and “nothing dey happen” without regard for other people even fellow Axe-men create unnecessary clashes with other groups that has resulted in the death of innocent and unsuspecting members.

There is no doubt the NBM has the capacity to engage and neutralize any opposition from any rival Confraternity, if not all. Our strength is not in the number of wars and scores of rival deaths recorded, but in our strength to promote peace and development for social transform. It is therefore expedient that the human capital of the movement be directed to a more intellectual and wealth creating ventures in the interest of Nigerians and Africans in general. There should be a mechanism to assist qualified members secure jobs, to productively engage them and keeping them off the streets.

Therefore there has to be a structural re-engineering of Neo-Black Movement to meet the current socio- political and economic challenges that will promote innovation, research and development which will translate into wealth and improved standard of leaving for the black-man. As socio-animals we can not continue to pretend to be apolitical but none participating. If this must be realizable, it is incumbent on all Ayes and Lords to synergistically pursue this objective.

As an albatross, financial impropriety and lack of accountability, transparency and failure to manage generational gaps contradicts the very ideal of moral uprightness. Power is transient. The Headship is temporally for a period and to promote discipline; ‘H’ and Council of Elders must be accountable. As NBM affair is not for the exclusive preserve of a few to continually decide the direction of the pendulum of the Movement. Over the years the movement has been held to ransome by a “cabal of very rich and influential members”.

It is therefore expedient that the NBM must restructure itself or face the consequence of being a breeding ground for disoriented and criminally minded individuals as thugs and puns in the hands of some anti progressive and development elements in our society, who are very self-centered. Thus the movement should partner with security agencies and other fraternities for a more holistic peace plan in the society with commitment to common standardized entry requirement In the interest of the Movement, to promote discipline and other relevant values.

It is expedient that Lords with criminally gotten wealth should stay clear from NBM leadership. For a registered organization as the NBM, its financial transaction and accounts should be periodically audited to promote accountability at all levels of NBM, while we continually pursue social re-engineering of all Ayes and Lords to improve their lives and better the movement’s public relation. NBM should at this time be seen as a proactive and productive organization whose philosophy can be emulated through the evolvement of a new NBM in the personality and orientation of Ayes. After all any organization that can not improve the lives of its members and contribute to the development of the society is evil and there will be no need to be part of it. Am therefore constrained to leave you with the following questions, who is a true Axe-man, what is the membership strength of the movement, why has the older generation of the movement not comfortable with the statuesque, what is the level of its financial discipline and how well has the movement leaved up to its philosophy?

AYE AXE-MEN, AYE!!!

Aye Santos Kabaka 1
ZAR ’04.
South Eastern Zone

Dozens of Nigerian Mafia Arrested in Europe-Wide Operation

Source: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/12/08/dozens-of-nigerian-mafia-arrested-in-europe-wide-operation/

 

Police in several European countries have arrested dozens of suspected Nigerian mafia members as the crime organisation spreads across Italy and the wider continent.

Authorities in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Malta conducted the international operation, which was directed at two major Nigerian mafia groups. Police accuse the gangs of people-trafficking, drug trafficking, extortion, and prostitution, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reports.

According to the news service, arrests in Italy took place across the country in Puglia, Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Emilia Romagna, and Veneto.

The District Anti-Mafia Directorate of the Bari Prosecutor’s Office has described the Nigerian mafia as “tribal and ruthless”. It noted that the Nigerians have managed to expand significantly in northern Italy and even in the south and Sicily, where they now compete with traditional mafia groups.

The two main groups in Italy are the Supreme Eye and the Black Ax, the latter of which is also becoming more influential in countries like Sweden, according to a report from October.

Nigerians have lived in Italy since at least the 1980s, and the first arrest of a Nigerian for drug dealing occurred in 1987. Since then, the Nigerian mafia has rapidly grown and established major presences in areas like Palermo and Cagliari.

The mafia is also known to use “juju” — a form of voodoo practised in Nigeria to better control drug traffickers and prostitutes, most of whom are imported into Europe from Africa using counterfeit documents or illegal migration.

Drugs are also a significant source of revenue, with the Nigerian mafia using a tactic of having many smugglers transporting small amounts of drugs each to mitigate losses for any of the criminals who are caught by authorities.

The Italian Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate (DIA) also expressed concerns earlier this year about the possibility of radical Islamic groups like Boko Haram radicalising members of the Nigerian mafia.

Italian Criminologist Says Ruthless Nigerian Mafia Is ‘Colonizing Italy

Source: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/02/15/italian-criminologist-says-ruthless-nigerian-mafia-is-colonizing-italy/

The recent murder and dismemberment of a teenage Italian girl is clearly the work of the Nigerian mafia, says a leading Italian criminologist, which has recently reached Italy and is quickly expanding.

“The Nigerian Mafia, the most ruthless mafia in the world, killed Pamela [Mastropietro]. Its sects are colonizing Italy and stealing business from the traditional mafia families,” said Alessandro Meluzzi, a prominent criminologist, surgeon and psychiatrist in a television interview this week.

“What we have seen in the case of Pamela are the same methods the Nigerian mafia systematically employs in Nigeria and elsewhere,” Meluzzi said. “It is a routine to cut victims into pieces and, in some cases, to eat parts of their bodies.”

The dismembered corpse of 18-year-old Pamela Mastropietro was found earlier this month in two suitcases, but was missing her neck, heart and genitals. The body had been deboned and washed in bleach.

Three Nigerian immigrants have been arrested in connection with the murder, which took place in the central Italian city of Macerata. Shortly after the murder, Italian police arrested Innocent Oseghale, a 29-year-old Nigerian man, and afterward discovered blood-stained clothes, large kitchen knives, a cleaver, and other items belonging to the murdered woman in the man’s apartment. Later two more suspected accomplices were also arrested.

Meluzzi said he was not surprised that the young woman’s heart was missing.

“Child soldiers in Sierra Leone ate human hearts as a rite of passage in order to gain courage,” Meluzzi said. “In the Nigerian mafia, ritual cannibalism, is not an exception, but a rule. These are normal things for them, but here nobody talks about it, out of fear of being called racist. We should get used to these things: this is just the tip of an iceberg destined to grow larger.”

He hearts is considered “the choicest part, which animists believe infuses courage and long life, and is considered a sort of tonic,” he said.

As Breitbart News has reported, a startling percentage of female Nigerian migrants into Italy wind up as prostitutes, whether by choice of coercion, and become virtual slaves of the Nigerian mafia.

Currently, some 80 percent of Nigerian girls and women migrating to Italy end up in prostitution, a form of sexual slavery from which the girls and women have no recourse. Roughly half of the prostitutes working in Italy are Nigerians.

Nigerian traffickers have exploited Europe’s migrant crisis to shuttle girls across the Mediterranean to Italy to force into prostitution. From 2014-2016, more than 12,000 Nigerian girls and young women arrived in Italy, and of these, some 9,400 wound up as sex workers.

A large percentage of the young Nigerian women are recruited in Benin City, Nigeria’s “capital of illegal migration,” where local mafias coordinate the trafficking.

35 In Court Over Alleged Cultism In Lagos

Source: https://leadership.ng/2019/12/06/35-in-court-over-alleged-cultism-in-lagos/

Thirty-five men, suspected to be members of two unlawful societies called Black Axe and Eiye Confraternity, were, on Friday, arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Among them were: Ibrahim Oluwasina; 20, Shokoya Abiodun; 19, Femi Onitone; 21, Jamiu Kazeem; 23, Emmanuel Okpara; 19, Joshua Oyinbuchi; 23, Habeeb Oloyede; 21, Ibrahim Oderinde; 27, Wasiu Oladenjo; 27, Elvis Tom; 18 and Lukmon Quadri, 20.

Others were: Okechukwu Nsofor; 22, Iweke Paul; 32, Tope John; 30, Samuel Paul; 18, Onyebuchi Ejike; 18, Lucky Alfred; 23, Chukwu Jude; 24, Anyeloja Funsho; 24, Isiaka Olowonifela; 19, Imeh John; 20, Abiola Ridwan; 26 and Chibuzor Daniel, 18.

Also accused were: Ibrahim Mumeen; 19, Frank Akala; 20, Adio Habeeb; 27, Olawale Quadri; 23, Tigers Mukaila; 20, Sunday Daniel; 20, Odunlami Bola; 39, Owolabi Dada; 36, Solomon Moses; 19, Yemke Adoze; 35, Aremu Rilwan; 20 and Joshua Esiovwa, 30.

The defendants were docked on a two-count charge of conspiracy and belonging to unlawful societies.

The Prosecutor, ASP. Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the defendants committed the offences at midnight on Nov. 20, at different locations in Lagos.

Nurudeen said that the defendants were arrested alongside other men suspected to be members of both “Eiye” and “Black Axe” cults.

He alleged that both cults were having a clash and members from different locations in Lagos were fighting on the streets.

“The anti-cultism unit received information about the clash and the fights, and raided different locations where they were arrested,” Nurudeen said.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 42 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 42 prescribes three years imprisonment for the offence of joining an unlawful society, while Section 411 provides a two-year jail term for conspiracy.

All the defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail N200, 000 bail each, with one surety in like sum.

Chief Magistrate K.B. Ayeye, said that the surety must be responsible, gainfully employed and must show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Ayeye adjourned the case till March 17, for mention. (NAN)