Fall in Love – Go to Jail

Money mules can often be romance scam victims who are at the end of the life cycle of the fraud. A scammer has promised them love and then stolen all their money, made them borrow s much as they can from the bank (and then stolen that too), made them borrow as much as they can from family and friends (and then stolen that too), made them sell everything they own (and then stolen that too) and leaves them in a situation where they have lost everything: money, family, friends, their job and everything they own.

It leaves them in that situation but the scammer doesn’t leave them. they are still very useful despite been milked of all available cash.

Next they will spin stories about how a third party has stepped in and will provide money so the two lovers (the scammer and the victim) can be together. This will commonly come in the form of a story that the third party will be sending many thousands of dollars/euros for the scammer to purchase the much needed flight ticket to be with the victim. 

The problem been… for one reason or another… the scammer can not receive the funds to his own bank account (for various made up reasons). So the victim will be asked to receive it  and to forward it along by Western Union or Money-gram. 

This money obviously has not come from a third party wanting to help the lovers be together… The third party is in fact another fraud victim at an earlier stage in the fraud’s life cycle than the money mule has got to (a stage where they still have money to send).

In addition to just forwarding money, as the article states, the mule could be used for other purposes. Whether it’s reshipping stolen goods, sending out fake/stolen checks or flying to another country to unknowingly pick up and transport drugs. 

It’s a really sickening twist to the end of an already horrifying ordeal for the fraud victim. A twist that will regularly see them criminalized. 

Good article below with some smart advice about ‘money mules’ and how not to become one. It’s also very good to see our friends at the NBM to get a very much needed mention in relation to this activity

 

Source: http://www.themountvernongrapevine.com/index.php/2019/11/19/fall-in-love-go-to-jail-bbb-report-on-how-some-romance-fraud-victims-become-money-mules/

Introduction

Online dating sites report a surge in activity in the days before Valentine’s Day, as many singles use technology to find a match. Behind many dating profiles lurk scammers who are ready to dupe users into believing they have found love. In reality, romance fraudsters want to steal their money or make them unwitting accomplices in fraud.

In the past 36 months, Better Business Bureau (BBB) received 636 Scam Tracker reports related to romance fraud. In addition, BBB received nearly 7,500 complaints against online dating services, in which some of the complainants alluded to fraudulent activities. BBB estimates there may be a million romance fraud victims in the U.S. alone. Losses reported in the U.S. and Canada over three years totaled nearly $1 billion. In 2018, romance fraud was named one of BBB’s 10 riskiest frauds.

In February 2018, BBB released Online Romance Scams: A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters. The study describes the inner workings of how fraudsters target those looking for romance. It may take months for scammers to build trusting relationships with victims before asking for money, usually for an emergency or transportation. The study provides information to help potential targets and reputable dating services avoid this widespread and devastating fraud.

This follow-up report takes a deeper look into how some victims inadvertently become “money mules.” It sheds light on who is behind this fraud and what efforts have been taken to combat it.

What is a “money mule”?

Fraudsters need a method to get funds from victims without being discovered. In many cases, money first passes to “money mules,” who then transfer it to the fraudsters, often outside of the country. Because law enforcement traditionally follows the money to locate fraudsters, this tactic makes it more difficult to find those responsible for fraud. Money mules often are unsuspecting romance fraud victims themselves who may end up in serious legal trouble for their activities.

People who suspect that they are being used as money mules should contact a Postal Inspector or FBI agent right away. Lisa Mayberry, a Postal Inspection Service fraud team leader in Los Angeles, strongly encourages romance scam victims (or others who suspect that they are being used as mules) to reach out for help.

In most cases, there is no desire to take criminal action against unwitting participants who had no financial gain and who stop transferring money for crooks as soon as they realize the role they have been playing. Mayberry says the information they provide may help identify the actual crooks in these situations.

How big is the problem?

Terrill Caplan of Fraud Aid, a fraud victim advocacy organization, has spent more than a decade working with law enforcement, often helping romance fraud victims who have been used as money mules. He estimates that in 2018, 20 to 30 percent of romance victims were used as money mules. These victims number in the thousands. He says most victims do not realize they are aiding in illegal activity. Generally, but not always, victims stop the conduct when they learn that it is illegal.

Money mules have become so widespread that in November 2018 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a major initiative to concentrate on this problem. Legal actions, including prosecutions, warning letters, and search warrants, were taken against more than 400 money mules across the country.

In December 2018, Europol similarly announced a major effort to combat the use of money mules, identifying more than 1,500 money mules and arrested 168 of them.

The DOJ initiative described how money mules can be used to assist in a variety of frauds, and specifically mentioned the use of romance fraud victims. These frauds include not only romance frauds, but also business email compromise fraud, fake check frauds, grandparent frauds, and stolen identity refund frauds that involve filing bogus tax returns. It is believed that the same gangs that commit these frauds also are involved in illegal drug trade and other serious crimes.

Maria Exposto of Sydney, Australia, met and fell in love online with “Captain Daniel Smith,” a man she thought was in the U.S. Army and who had asked her to marry him. In 2014, “Smith” asked her to go to Shanghai to file documents related to his retirement from the military so that they could be together. While in China, she was asked at the last minute to bring back a black backpack, which she believed contained some of his clothing.

On her way home to Australia, she changed planes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She voluntarily went through airport customs screening, where police found a secret lining sewn into the backpack that concealed 1.1 kilograms of crystal meth. Exposto was arrested and charged criminally. The penalty for this offense in Malaysia is a mandatory sentence of death by hanging.

Professor Monica Whitty, a cyberpsychologist at the University of Melbourne, testified at Exposto’s trial that Exposto fit all the criteria of a romance fraud victim. She was acquitted, but the prosecution appealed and the verdict was reversed. She is still in jail and has been sentenced to death.

How do romance fraud victims become money mules?

While some people find love and companionship through dating websites, apps, Facebook or other social media platforms, many fall prey to fake profiles that look like attractive matches but are actually created by organized criminal gangs. The fraudsters reach out to victims and quickly attempt to change the medium of communication from the dating site to texts or personal email. Crooks may spend months “grooming” or building a relationship with victims by sending daily texts expressing love, affection, and support. This process is detailed in Online Romance Scams: A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters.

Inevitably, the fraudster claims that there has been an emergency and asks for money to help. By this point, victims often have fallen in love and like many people, will do almost anything for someone they love. It is extremely difficult to convince an online dating scam victim that the person they have become committed to is really a fraudster. A person who has been a romance fraud victim once is at serious risk of returning to online dating sites and becoming a victim again.

The emotional distress caused by this process may result in damage that is more serious than the loss of money. Victims say they feel embarrassed and betrayed. Victims interviewed by BBB have reported that they seriously considered suicide. Australian law enforcement officials say they believe there are more romance fraud-related suicides than murders in Australia.

What if the online dating scam victim has no money or already has given all their money to the scammer? These victims may be used to launder money from other victims by acting as money mules who receive money or goods purchased with stolen credit cards and often re-send them out of the country. They effectively are aiding and abetting a variety of frauds, making it much harder for law enforcement to recognize the scope of the fraud or identify the real perpetrators.

Fraudsters who target women may claim to be involved in businesses overseas and request financial help to handle emergency “business issues” that might get in the way of the couple having a prosperous life together. These scenarios make requests for help appear very believable to victims.

Fraudsters targeting male victims often claim to be a young student or teacher in another country who needs money for travel to the U.S. or other destinations.

According to experts interviewed by BBB, some victims may become willing accomplices and can get paid for taking part. Some do it to help recover from the financial straits they are left in from being defrauded themselves; some may have other motivations. Love, or the fear of losing a partner, also may motivate the victim. In addition, fraudsters may threaten to report victims who have assisted in illegal activity to law enforcers. It’s unlikely a fraudster will do this, but the threats may coerce these victims into continuing their involvement in the fraud.

Why use money mules?

Romance fraud victims are almost perfect vehicles for money laundering. Since scammers build a trusting relationship with their victims and isolate them from others’ advice, there is little risk that victims will steal the funds or goods they receive. When money is transferred from the money mule’s account, it ends up somewhere outside of the investigator’s jurisdiction, making it hard for local law enforcement to “follow the money.” Moreover, unlike a co-conspirator or agent in the U.S., these victims are less likely to ask for pay to perform these services. And even if law enforcement locates and confronts the romance fraud victim about their money laundering efforts, the victim does not know the true identity and location of the person they are really dealing with and thus cannot reveal that information to law enforcement.

Who is behind this?

According to cybersecurity expert Lawrence Baldwin of Mynetwatchman, “At any given time there may be more than 25,000 romance scammers online with victims, with the vast majority of them coming from Lagos, Nigeria.” These fraudsters victimize people around the world.

A large number of Nigerian fraudsters live and operate around the world in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Thailand, and mainland China. Thus fraudsters involved in romance frauds may be operating from many locations around the world.

The same groups involved in romance scams also operate other frauds and crimes. This is organized crime on a worldwide scale and is widely known as West African Organized Crime. News reports contend that Nigerian groups such as Black Axe are working alongside the mafia in Italy to control prostitution, and work done by Canadian law enforcement demonstrates that members of this group are engaged in controlling and organizing fraud activities throughout the US and Canada. Black Axe, at least, is also believed to engage in physical violence. A recent study discusses the role of this organized crime in Business Email Compromise fraud.

In a Journal of Cyber Criminology study, Professor Whitty says a variety of motivations, rationalizations, and opportunities come together to create a pathway for people to become perpetrators of West African fraud.

Law enforcement sources say that Jamaican gangs involved in sweepstakes and lottery frauds also have begun running romance frauds and using victims to help launder money from victims. For more on that topic, read Sweepstakes, Lottery and Prize Scams: A Better Business Bureau study of how “winners” lose millions through an evolving fraud.

Fraudsters usually don’t concentrate exclusively on one type of fraud. Nigerian criminal gangs, for instance, typically engage in a number of different frauds. The common factor in the scams is the use of online dating victims to help with the fraud or launder the proceeds.

For example, in “Operation Scams R Us,” the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Mississippi indicted 20 Nigerians living in Nigeria, South Africa, the U.S., and Canada. The investigation began with a romance fraud, in which a victim had received a package that she was instructed to send along to South Africa. The defendants used romance fraud victims to help them execute counterfeit check frauds, to reship electronic goods purchased with stolen credit cards, and to send money on to Africa, and to assist with other frauds. Three Nigerians who had been extradited from South Africa were sentenced after a jury trial in Mississippi and received prison sentences of 115, 95 and 25 years.

How do romance fraud victims help fraudsters?

There are a variety of ways romance fraud victims can unwittingly help fraudsters. They may print and send fraudulent mailings, which often contain counterfeit checks. They may pick up money at Western Union or MoneyGram and then send it on to another place. They may open bank accounts where other fraud victims deposit money. They may receive consumer electronics or other goods purchased with stolen credit cards, repackage them, and ship them out of the country. Or they may transport illegal goods.

Drugs

Romance fraud victims regularly are used to transport drugs – and many have been imprisoned. In most cases, the victim was convinced by the scammer to travel with a suitcase or other item, which they did not know contained drugs.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) estimates that 144 elderly couriers have been conned into unwittingly carrying drugs overseas. More than 30 such people have been incarcerated. In February 2016, the Senate Aging Committee held hearings on precisely this subject. At least 11 Australians are reported in custody in China for transporting drugs, many of them romance fraud victims. One man died in custody.

In August of 2017, Denise Marie Woodrum of Missouri was arrested in Australia. Customs officials found more than a kilogram of cocaine in her high heels and makeup. She was involved in an internet romance but had never met her love interest in person. Prosecutors and the judge questioned her truthfulness, according to news accounts. In January 2018, she pleaded guilty to drug charges and was later sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

Similarly, Sharon Armstrong of New Zealand was arrested in Buenos Aires in 2011 when police found more than 5 kilograms of cocaine hidden in her luggage. She claimed she thought she was carrying legal papers for a man she had met online. She was sentenced to nearly five years in prison. She has helped set up a website for money mule victims.

With the intervention of Senator Susan Collins, in June of 2016, the State Department was able to obtain the release of a 77-year-old pastor from Maine imprisoned in Spain. Joseph Martin was arrested there after picking up legal papers in South Africa on behalf of a woman he met online. He was arrested in Spain when it was found that he was carrying 1.4 kilograms of cocaine. He had been sentenced to six years in prison.

Business Email Compromise Fraud

One of the largest frauds operating today is business email compromise (BEC) fraud, also called CEO fraud and email account compromise (EAC). The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) estimates that more than $12 billion has been lost to this type of fraud. “Between December 2016 and May 2018, there was a 136% increase in identified global exposed losses,” according to the FBI.

In this scam, fraudsters learn the email protocols and leadership of businesses or other organizations. Then the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) gets an email from someone posing as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), requesting a bank-to-bank wire transfer to a different account than usual. This fraud increasingly targets real estate transactions, with emails instructing people to send the sale proceeds to a bank account controlled by the fraudster.

Often the money from these frauds goes into bank accounts of romance fraud victims. As the FBI put it:

“Domestic money mules are frequently identified in connection with the BEC/EAC real estate trend. BEC/EAC actors often recruit money mules through confidence/romance scams. The BEC/EAC actor may groom a victim and then direct them to open accounts under the guise of sending or receiving funds as directed by the BEC/EAC actor. The accounts opened to facilitate this activity are typically used for a short period of time. Once the account is flagged by the financial institutions, it may be closed and the BEC/EAC actor will either direct the romance/scam victim to open a new account or move on to grooming a new victim.”

Fake checks

Nigerian fraudsters regularly employ a suite of scams that involve fake checks. This type of fraud is detailed in a BBB study called Don’t Cash That Check: BBB Study Shows How Fake Check Scams Bait Consumers.

In these scams, victims deposit the fake check, believing it to be real. When the bank credits the money to their account they send some or all of the money on to a supposed third party, not realizing it is going back to a fraudster. All too often, the money is picked up from MoneyGram or Western Union by a romance fraud victim. In some cases, romance fraud victims also are enlisted to print and mail the fake checks for their love interest.

Sylvia Williams, an 80-year-old woman living in Florida, recently was arrested for receiving $4,300 sent to her by a Michigan cleaning service that had been victimized by a fake check fraud. She collected the money for a Nigerian she had met online.

Credit Card Reshippers

Stolen credit cards, easily available on the dark web, can be used to purchase goods online. Because online sellers are understandably cautious about sending goods out of the country, fraudsters use money mules to receive the goods and reship them. Romance fraud victims often are used to assist in this type of fraud.

Olayinka Sunmola, a Nigerian who was living in South Africa, was convicted of romance fraud in the Southern District of Illinois. He defrauded his victims of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But he may have made even more money from using stolen credit cards to buy laptops and iPads that he had shipped to his victims, who in turn sent them to him in South Africa, where he had a store selling these stolen goods. He had made at least $1 million from the stolen credit cards buying electronic equipment. The indictment can be found here.

Both the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and FBI have issued warnings about reshipping fraud, noting the involvement of romance fraud victims.

Grandparent scams

In grandparent scams a senior citizen gets a call pretending to be a grandchild who has been in a car wreck, arrested, or involved in another type of emergency. Sometimes the caller goes as far as to pretend to have a broken nose, accounting for oddities in their voice, and pleads with the grandparent not to tell the parents. The caller asks for money for bail, legal fees or other purposes. Many seniors want to help, even if they are uncertain about the caller’s identity, and follow through by sending money, often thousands of dollars, usually through Western Union or MoneyGram.

Evidence suggests that Nigerian fraud gangs also are involved in grandparent scams. In July 2018, a Nigerian man was sentenced in Texas for his part in fraud schemes and money laundering involving U.S. victims by scammers based in Canada, Nigeria, and the United States. According to the DOJ, “The schemes included “grandson-in-jail” frauds over the phone targeting elderly victims; fake investment scams; business email compromise scams; Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) tax filing scams; and, romance victims scams.”

Romance fraud victims are likely to be involved in receiving and transferring funds received from seniors who believe they are helping a loved one in an emergency.

Other frauds

There are many other frauds that employ romance fraud money mules to launder funds. These include rental frauds, where victims see a house or apartment for rent online and send a deposit by Western Union or MoneyGram. The home is not actually for rent, and victims lose their money. An NYU study investigated these frauds and found that many of the perpetrators were from West Africa.

In addition, over the last several years, billions of dollars have been lost to bogus tax returns. Fraudsters engage in identity theft and file bogus tax returns to get tax refunds. Sometimes the identities of victims are stolen using BEC tactics to ask an HR department to send along W-2 forms for groups of employees. The tax refunds in this stolen identity refund fraud may go into the bank accounts of romance fraud victims. The IRS and DOJ have been working diligently on this issue.

Finally, online dating scam victims could be used in sweepstakes frauds, either by sending “award notice” letters or by receiving money from other victims. There are variations to this type of fraud, but all require victims to send money, usually by Western Union or MoneyGram, before they can receive a nonexistent award.

What is law enforcement doing?

Prosecutions

The number of prosecutions of those involved in romance and other frauds has increased over the last several years. In addition to the Sunmola and Scams R Us prosecutions, several other recent cases involve romance fraud victims employed as money mules. Law enforcement may at times conclude, incorrectly, that an unwitting romance fraud victim is the actual perpetrator of a crime and arrest and charge them.

Paul Gregory of Oregon pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in January 2019. Gregory was a romance fraud victim who opened bank accounts, received money from other romance fraud victims and then sent the money out of the country. He was interviewed by federal agents in May 2017 and warned that he was assisting fraud. He continued, however, to open bank accounts and receive victim funds. In the three months following the warning, he processed another $200,000. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution payments to victims and three years’ supervised release.

Audrey Elrod of West Virginia was a romance fraud victim. After she had lost all her own money, “Duke McGregor” asked her to receive money on his behalf and send it along to his friend “Sinclair” in Nigeria. She ultimately received and sent more than $400,000 to Nigeria, keeping only small sums for herself. She was arrested. While out on bail, she moved to North Carolina and continued to send money. She ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 52 months in prison in August 2014. A Wired magazine article details her plight. “Duke” and “Sinclair” were never found or prosecuted.

Michael Neu was arrested in Slidell, Louisiana and charged with 267 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Neu, 67, was allegedly a former romance fraud victim himself but he became actively involved in receiving funds from other victims, keeping part of the money himself, and then sending the rest of the money to Nigeria. His case has not yet been resolved in court.

Ronayerin K. Ogolor, from Nigeria, was arrested at the Kansas City airport en route to Frankfurt, Germany. He was charged with romance fraud and BEC fraud. Victims were located in Alabama, Ohio, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, California, and Italy with losses of $878,489. He used romance fraud victims to collect the money from BEC victims and send it along.

Henry N Asomani, from Ghana, was indicted for romance fraud in Kansas City, with 13 victims losing $5,075,569. He also used his victims to launder money.

Clement Onuama, from Nigeria, was prosecuted in the Western District of Wisconsin. He was charged with both BEC fraud and romance fraud. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 months in prison and ordered to pay $410,000 in restitution to victims. Again, romance fraud victims were used to launder money.

Orefo Okeki was charged as a co-conspirator of Onuama in Wisconsin. Okeki was charged with BEC fraud, romance fraud, identity theft, bank account takeovers, and credit card fraud. Romance fraud victims helped launder the money from his other frauds. He was sentenced to 45 months in prison and ordered to pay $582,956 in restitution.

Beyond the work of law enforcement, nonprofits, news organizations and others can help combat romance scams. BBB continues to educate consumers about this fraud. Greater consumer awareness of scams and frauds is key to fraud prevention.

Warning Letters

It often is difficult for law enforcement to determine whether money mules know that they are laundering money from fraud victims. One obvious sign that they know, or at least should know, is if they keep part of the proceeds of the fraud and effectively are paid for their services.

One approach the Justice Department has developed is to interview money mules in person and give them a Money Mule Warning Letter. DOJ has developed a model letter that can be used for this purpose. This procedure is explained in an article in the December 2018 issue of the Justice Departments Journal of Federal Law and Practice, page 95. If victims continue to transmit funds after being warned, they can be prosecuted. The warning letter can help show that they were knowingly engaging in fraud and aid in efforts to prosecute them.

The Postal Inspection Service also can issue warning letters and obtain administrative cease-and-desist orders when mail is involved.

What can you do to protect yourself?

The best way to avoid becoming a money mule is to simply not fall for a romance fraud at the outset.

  • Don’t rush into an online relationship. Talk to family and friends about your dating choices.

  • Analyze dating profiles. Look for repeated phrases and misspellings or misuse of words. Do an internet search of their name and profile picture.

Recognize red flags for romance fraud, such as when the romantic interest requests that you:

  • open a bank account or give access to an existing account

  • receive packages and reship them to another location.

  • pick up funds at Western Union or MoneyGram and forward them somewhere else.

  • keep your relationship a secret.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be assisting in illegal conduct, contact law enforcement. Doing so may well stop other victims from losing money and more.

  • If you suspect you may be involved with a fraud as a money mule, the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors encourage you to immediately contact them to provide information that may help identify the actual crooks in the fraud. Contact both agencies to refer you to counselors for help.

  • The FTC has tips and a short video on how to avoid becoming a romance fraud victim.

  • The FBI offers a Money Mule Awareness Booklet with information about how to protect yourself from becoming a money mule.

  • Scamsurvivors.com offers romance fraud victims free online help from experts and a tool to help you be able to spot romance fraudsters.

  • Fraudaid.com also offers help to fraud victims who have been or are about to be arrested.

  • BBB’s in-depth investigative study on romance scams provides useful background on this type of fraud and how to avoid it.

  • Cybercrime Support Network lists resources for romance fraud victims.

  • Legitimate online dating services want to keep fraudsters off their sites. If the scam was initiated there, report it to them.

Where to file complaints about romance fraud and online dating scams

Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker: This heat map shows scams reported in your community or anywhere in North America.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or call 877-FTC-help: The FTC database of fraud complaints is available online to more than 3000 law enforcement agencies. Because it contains a great deal of personal information on fraud victims it is not available to the general public. It can be searched fairly easily by law enforcement officials and may well locate several victims defrauded by the same person.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): The FBI’s IC3 takes law enforcement complaints about romance fraud.

FraudSupport.org: This group collaborates with law enforcement and cybercrime support organizations to guide and support cybercrime victims through the reporting and recovering efforts, and then to provide information and resources on how to protect against future incidents.

Senate Aging Committee Fraud Hotline: Anyone with information about suspected romance or online dating fraud aimed at seniors can contact investigators at 1-855-303-9470 or through its website.

Western Union: Victims who have sent money through Western Union should complain directly to them at 1-800-448-1492.

MoneyGram: Victims who have sent money through MoneyGram should notify them directly at 1-800-926-9400.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Center: Canadians can call 1-888-495-8501. If there is a Canadian connection, victims in the U.S. can also call this number toll-free.

Recommendations

  • It is important to warn people about romance frauds before they get invested in an online relationship. Alert them that the loss of their money is not the end of the matter because fraudsters may try to enlist them as money mules.

  • Romance fraud victims often need counseling to help them overcome the trauma of this fraud. More victim support groups like those in Los Angeles and Ventura, California, would be helpful.

  • More warnings to money mules may help alert romance fraud victims that they are engaged in assisting frauds and encourage them to stop.

  • More prosecutions of romance fraudsters would help deter romance fraud.

  • Change existing restrictions to let banks share information with law enforcement, regulators and other financial institutions about possible money mule accounts.

  • Increase cooperation and sharing of information between law enforcement officials in different jurisdictions working on the same cases.

  • More training and cooperation is needed internationally to recognize and combat romance fraud.

 

 

Black Axe Confraternity Group Donates Iron Shelters To Traffic Police In Osun

Quite a bit of negative press in the past weeks… Maybe time for some ‘NBM Image Laundry’.

The impoverished police of Nigeria, not for the first time, accepting gifts from an illegal mafia they should be arresting. 

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Source: informationng.com/2019/11/black-axe-confraternity-group-donates-iron-shelters-to-traffic-police-in-osun.html

A new photo is currently circulating on social media capturing the moment some men believed to be members of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa(NBM) donating some iron shelters to traffic police officers in Osun state.

NBM is the umbrella under which the dreaded ‘Black Axe’ cultist group otherwise known as ‘Aiye’ operate in Nigeria.

The Black Axe has been fingered in most of the violence across campuses in Nigeria.

To this end, is it morally right for the police to accept gifts from them???

NO

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(Photo courtesy of: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2019/11/photos-of-black-axe-cultists-donating-iron-shelter-to-traffic-police-in-osun-state-2.html)

Love the comments from the blog there…..

Julius Tha Freshboi about 9 hours ago

This can only happen in Nigeria.. smh

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Muna Saphire about 9 hours ago

Nigeria police can never turn down gift NEVER, even if it comes from murderer and covered with blood..people that steals mine from accident victims..

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okechukwu nnoduechi about 8 hours ago

SERIOUSLY…. THIS IS JUST EVIL UNVAILING ITSELF

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Ucy about 8 hours ago

Chai…wetin we no go see for this country abeg?? They even took pictures and wholely accepted the gifts. They wont be arrested and prosecuted for the menace they cause in the society? 😲😲😲

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Will Warri IQ about 8 hours ago

HAHAHAAHaahahaha! I swear, dem done use Nigeria destiny tey tey…. No be #Curse. Nigeria na confirm tragecomedy!

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Lord Mandela about 6 hours ago

God deliver Nigeria from stupidity.

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Anonymous about 3 hours ago

What kind of rubish has this country turn into? Meanwhile alot of people are in prison for being members of this same cult group. What an irony. Nigeria is a big joke. Soon kidnappers or bokoharam members will donate too. I give up. This rubish should be investigated

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The End about 2 hours ago

The initial objective of fraternities was to fight all kinds of wrongs. But of course, we know how it is in our Universities these days.And the useless policemen even posed with members of the group. Smh. I hope they lose their jobs

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Gaza Gaza about 9 hours ago

Black axes Cults and police 5

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David Chuks about 6 hours ago

Lol, ok seen

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Erwin about 2 hours ago

This is a jaw dropping lunacy. What madness in the country. This is proscribed group that the police even have a unit that tracks and hunts them down. (Anti Cultism Unit). Tomorrow Boko Haram members will also bring their gifts and take selfiies with the IG. Shameless!

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Deeboi about 9 hours ago

Orisirisi… drr

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Aify about 9 hours ago

How can a cult group donate iron shelter to the NPF?

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Anonymous about 5 hours ago

The police itself is a cult. Freedom of association my people, illegal only when a crime is committed. For here and now, no crime yet.

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alli merry about 4 hours ago

some of your superstars belong to this group and they help the community on a daily basis, so forgive me if i said i dont see the reason for the outrage here.

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Enwongo Abraham about 4 hours ago

They so need the iron shelter cos you might never know when the bullet will be flying around. 😂😂😂😂

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Bassey Edet about 9 hours ago

CAN YOU IMAGINE? NIGERIA IS INDEED A ZOO, THIRD WORLD ZOO.

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Marvel about 9 hours ago

I really don’t understand this my country.

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LORAY about 9 hours ago

War against cultism… lol

Nigeria’s killing fields flourish as police make futile efforts to battle cultism

Source: https://punchng.com/nigerias-killing-fields-flourish-as-police-make-futile-efforts-to-battle-cultism/

The alarming rise in the activities of cultists across the country, despite efforts by law enforcement agencies to curb them, gives cause for concern, CHUKWUDI AKASIKE reports

MANY years ago, the activities of cultists were shrouded in absolute secrecy. They always held their meetings in the bush at night and away from prying eyes, made bonfires and danced to whatever strange music that fueled their misplaced excitement.

Even in those days, most cultists were students of tertiary institutions, who, after such nocturnal meetings, would sometimes storm their various campuses in the heat of the moment and wreak havoc on their fellow students.

 

These cultists often form confraternities, such as Aiye, Eiye, Black Axe, Black Beret Vikings, De Bam, De Well, Black Bra and Viqueens, among many others. The Black Bra, Jezebel and the Viqueens are strictly for women.

The members of these confraternities are literally the bad boys and girls on campus, whose main objectives are usually to recruit new members into their various groups and to engage in endless fights for supremacy with rival cults.

Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom and some other states in the country have had their fair share of violence orchestrated by secret cults, in which many lives were lost in the most vicious, brazen and gruesome manner.

Not too long ago, a student of Engineering at the Rivers State University was killed by suspected cultists along Ada George Road in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The corpse of the student, who was said to be on his way to school when the incident occurred, was found at the scene of the murder. It was riddled with machete cuts.

The student, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, was murdered less than 48 hours after a final-year student of the same institution, Prince Barisua, was shot by unknown gunmen near a hostel around the university.

Before the incident, which occurred in July 2019, a group of cultists had beheaded a man and ordered his wife to carry the severed head in a bowl into their waiting car.

Also, in Imo State, two daredevil cultists, popularly known as Blackface and Sparrow, were shot by the police during a gun battle in a forest around Assa community in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area.

 

The police later disclosed that the slain cultists were members of the notorious Iceland confraternity and they were allegedly responsible for several criminal activities in Assa and Obile communities.

One locally-made shot gun with five live cartridges and one single-barrelled gun were recovered from the deceased, who was said to have also murdered an inspector and a corporal attached to the Ohaji Police Division. The police said their atrocities included the beheading of a resident of Assa community in September 2017.

Similarly, six persons were killed in Kogi State by some soldiers, following an alleged cult clash at Anyigba in Dekina LGA of the state. It was gathered that the cultists were gunned down at different spots in the community.

 

In Akwa Ibom State, cult groups have wreaked havoc in places like Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas.

There have been similar cases in Ogun State. In a particular incident, one Yekini Wahab was reportedly shot by some ‘bad boys’ during an attack on the residents of Odokekere and Ogijo communities in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State. The cultists had also invaded the Oniburuku area of Odokekere, where they killed a herbalist, identified as Ifa. The cultists, according to a source, had fired into the air to create confusion before killing their targets and robbing the residents of the community.

In Lagos State, four persons were feared killed in a battle for supremacy between members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternities in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos. It was gathered that the streets affected by the clash, which started around 5.58am, were Olopomeji, Ifako, L and K, and Salami. The suspected cultists reportedly used machetes and other weapons on each other, killing four persons in the process. It was gathered that a suspect was arrested by a team of policemen from the Oworonshoki Police Station over the incident.

With the Boko Haram insurgency still unresolved, there is no doubt that the upsurge in cult activities has compounded the nation’s security woes.

Speaking on cultism-related violence in Nigeria, a university lecturer, Prof Steve Okodudu, said that although secret cults had always existed the society, their undesirable activities had reached an alarming proportion.

Okodudu  attributed the rise in deadly cult activities to the unemployment situation in the country.

“When there is an economic downturn, people begin to take to different means of survival. This has been compounded by the nature of our politics, where politicians recruit all manner people for their election campaign. After the election, the hired hands are left to their own devices.

On the solution to the problem, he added, “I think we must try hard to get the economy working again. The basic infrastructure must be put in place and the economy must have the capacity to provide jobs for people. Again, our government must take its primary responsibility of providing security seriously. The investment made so far in security is neither here nor there. What makes the difference between underdeveloped countries and the developed ones is that there is security in the developed ones.”

Speaking on the origin of cultism in the country, he said, “Cult groups have always been part of our society. They started as part of the political control mechanism in our traditional societies and that eventually spread into the campuses. In fact, what you now call cult groups actually started as students’ associations and in no time, our universities started suffering from such setbacks that you find in the societies by virtue of the political economy of this country. Don’t forget that most of the people there have no jobs. So, they think the only way they can survive is to live by force of arms.”

A sociologist, Prof Mark Anikpo, described cultism in Nigeria as any other crime like armed robbery. He urged the federal and state governments to beef up security at known flashpoints in order to identify and arrest suspects.

Anikpo said that with good intelligence and a stiff penalty for offenders, cult activities, including mindless attack on innocent persons, would be reduced.

“You know that cultism is just like other crimes. Cultists are thieves and people who want to acquire things through illegal means. The penalty for cultism should be severe. But the society has to be restructured in such a manner that everybody should be able to fend for himself properly,” he added.

Also, university lecturer and public affairs analyst, Prof Tunde Fatunde, lamented that ordinary social clubs had degenerated into criminal organisations involved in mass murder, pipeline vandalism, money laundering, kidnapping and other vicious crimes.

He said, “Cultism in Nigeria has become a criminal organisation that is involved in kidnapping, money laundering, pipeline breaking and other vicious crimes. What we know as cultism today is a social phenomenon, especially in the university, that has gone from just being a social club to a mafia with vested political interests.

“Cultism has become a very rich enterprise because the cult members are living with the people of the business world and political organisations. They (cult members) pose a serious danger to university education and its social fabrics.”

Fatunde explained that only a decisive government policy against cultism would be able to eliminate the menace in the society, adding that students and university employees should be on the watch-lists of the federal and state governments and any person found guilty by the judiciary should go to jail, no matter his position in the society. He also suggested that vocational training should be added to the curricula of tertiary institutions in the country in other to keep the students busy.

But the Director, International Institute of Journalism, Port Harcourt Campus, Ibituru Pepple, observed that cultism had become a norm in the Nigerian society and it would be difficult to eliminate.

Pepple said that since most cultists always had the backing of some politicians, Nigerians would continue to live with the consequences of their actions.

“The society is beginning to accept cultism as a norm. If this is how it is going remain, then we are finished in this country. There is a need for government to muster the courage to eliminate cultism,” he said.

However, it appears that the more security agencies make attempts to fight this monster to a standstill, the harder the criminals come.

The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, in an interview with our correspondent, said the police had killed several cultists during gun duels, adding that some of the hardened cultists were traced to Kaduna and other neighbouring states.

He recalled how one cult kingpin, simply known as Devil, was gunned down in Bayelsa State by policemen attached to the state Police Command. Devil, who was shot dead after another cultist nicknamed Satan met a similar fate, was said to be responsible for most of the kidnapping and armed robbery incidents that occurred at the Ogoni end of the East-West Road.

“We have dealt cultists in this state a deadly blow. While some of them who engaged the police in gun battles were killed, others were arrested and prosecuted. Recently, we arrested some cult members and they are helping us to apprehend others. Remember that the police have destroyed cult camps in Ogoni and some other parts of the state,” Omoni said.

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Secrecy and Security and the NBM

Interesting dialogue between members regarding the need for greater secrecy within the organisation to bolster security from police interference. 

Some of the old guard detailing how things were done in the past and some members detailing how to use or how they have used members in government and law makers to stay out of the trouble.

 

 

SECRET CULTISM IN NBM
wariboko:

National Head,
NCOE,
Zonal Heads,
Zonal NCOE,
All Axemen World Wide,

I greet you once again in the African Culture, May i quickly draw your attention to the need for the removal of unethical ethiques, and wrong social conducts that have brought ill names to this movement.

A forthnight ago, over two dozen Axemen were arrested in Port Harcourt for their participation in the Hand Over Jolly in Okemini HT. Held in Etche in Rivers State were over fifty men attended from all works of life to grace an occasion that might be for some as a first time while to some others as a usual IT.

These sets of Strongmen were arrested at about 3-4am on returning from the that IT. Some escaped while others were helpless to the spontaneous response of the Vigilante group conjoint with Nigeria Police men. Which led to the arrest of 28Axemen at this Yuletide season.

May simply ask, why would Initiation always hold in the bush? Would there be any other safe place to hold initiation since we proud ourselves to be incorporated under the Company and allied matter act of 1990? Are we really secret cults? if we are not why do we still allow our temples to hold ITs in the bushes?

I believe we have lots of rebranding projects as stumbled upon one at the airport with the tags “say no to cultism” proudly African. Hence fellow strongmen who might have mounted that billboard are facing cultism charges in Port Harcourt Maximum Prison.

I think the way we sound in collecting Zonal dues, Forum dues,Temple Dues, and anything relating to Monetary terms in this movement should be reciprocated in policy creation that will move this movement forward.

I write with displeasure owing to how the State Anti Robbery Squad(SARS) who might have retrieved my numbered from the cellphone of an arrested axeman seeming to decode the kind of being i look like as to unleash same punishment in similitude of what happened to the rest despite the fact i was not in that IT. Possibly i would have suffered untold hardship from what i know not about. Graciously i was wise enough to scuttle their plans. Likewise might have been done to some Strongmen in Port Harcourt and their response might result them victims of an unknown scheme.

Can we start this reformation and let the world know we are not cultist but Rational Men.

May i leave it open to those who have powers above me to deal with these situation as it concern those languishing in Port Harcourt Prison Now, as it regards positive steps to avert such recurrence in future.

Being Strong Without Wisdom is Foolishness – MZDK

Mbata Mbete
OKHT’07
S’Eastern Zone

Patrice Lumumba:

Mbata Mbete,

NBM has tradition and customs that are imbedded in African tradition Religion, there are certain things that are not meant for the public eye and scrutiny, every organisation has a public side and a private or you can call it secret side that is meant for only members…. does that make them a secret cult?

Even among friends there are things that are only knowledgeable only to the circle of friends and not to people outside it, (talking about juus) does that make them a secret cult?

If you read some of the postings by FF, in the early days after the movement was born, the survival of the movement was largely in part because of the secrecy in which things were done, the members were known only by the members of NBM, and that gave us a edge over the other juu frats that were around at the time

Secrecy and surprise is a very vital weapon for anything, NBM wont be the same NBM again the day everything is done in the open. I am sure if the handing over was done more secretly this problem you mentioned now wont have been there, because the cops and vigilante probably acted on information.

The death of NBM will NEVER be heard of….. iseeee

i greet you
Aye Nelson Mandela
Ada 06′

wariboko:

I greet you lord Nelson Mandela,

I buy your idea on the private and public face of any organisation but it does not remove the fact that what the law abhors should not be a norm in NBM. May i furnish you with this knowledge that almost everything has a skeletal part of it before there was a covering.

Thus we should be done with Skeletal part of the Ini which entails the use of bush system of it. I believe if there is a resolution to better that side of this movement credible option will be out rather than the statusquo.

In this light we should do things that are Afro-Modern.

Lord Mbata Mbete
OKHT’07
South Eastern Zone

kiriji1:

Lord Mbata Mbete

First of all let me salute your courage for bringing up this topic

NBM needs serious reforms as concerns some of our practices and so called traditions.

NBM will never be the “greatest black organisation in the world” if our members are being arrested at 3 in the morning with guns, axes, charms, drugs and other excetera items

I hail

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I hail

Haile Selassie
INI: Kiriji 1991
IND: London 2010
London Zone
Email: kiriji1@yahoo.com
tel: 0044 7898938970
Destination 2012 – Uhuru is achievable…Dodorima to those who believe

uchvega:

Mii lords,

There are several tenets and traditions that have been imbibed in our organization. African culture. We Africans, live in close resonance with nature. We pour alcohol on the soil (not on concrete or marble) to honor our ancestors whose bones now lie beneath our feet. We use plants and have the night sky showcasing the celestial bodies over our heads. We are one with nature. Reason with any true CiPe for more understanding.

Secrecy being another one of the most important. Nowadays, a lot of codes, meanings are widely known and even understood & accepted as normal yarns in some areas. Which beats the whole purpose.

It is lamentable that some Axemen returning from an NBM meeting where arrested by combined units of vigilante and police teams but to call a spade a spade.
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The Eyes, Butchers and Criers are to blame and in effect, the Temple’s Coordination. Period!
Jolly, IT or any NBM meeting’s end does not mean that these above mentioned office functions have ended. First of all, the right (not just the usual) location must be used even if it means going further or paying more. Get better security. If the Butchers are able to maintain strict decorum among attendees of the event then there would be a huge reduction in alerting surrounding vigilante groups or any other kind of aggressive effect. This even applies to Zones in the diaspora.

The Eyes and Criers are most times the first ones out and if there is any kind of trouble; The information gets back to the House on time for any corrective or punitive measures to be undertaken.

NBM is a movement which also has some secret rites and doings. From the Temple to the National. You wouldn’t find any Temple, Zone broadcasting or televising their meetings. So those looking for an organization with everything public would never get it here.

Take a cue from other notable organizations (they are quite different from the NBM in terms of what they stand for, purposes, doctrine, etc) but they have coordinated and organized themselves to a higher degree of status quo.
* Skull & Bones
* Freemasons
* The Bilderberg Group
* Opus Dei
And so many other organizations with secret as well as public doings.

The Nigerian police force is wanting in several areas such as investigative and forensic techniques so hence their seemingly brutish mannerism. They are also easily influenced if one can reach the top brass (If you get me) – You have them performing part of security for some Temples and Zones these days.

Mii Lord from the S’Eastern Zone, I believe your Zone is the closest in relation to geographical distance and that Temple falls under your Zone’s jurisdiction (correct me if I’m wrong, Amigo). So your Zone should be able to tidy this up and those 28 Axemen would be granted bail or released asap.

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Lord Askia Mohammed De 2nd
Bermuda 1 HT ’99
Malaysia Zone (Timbuktu)

wariboko:

Askia Mohammed,

I greet your reasons and input to this subject matter, it implies we can grow and take corrections from the fall of our brother and close up the pits from which the fell into.

Your views were of the NBM conservative views without reference to time and modernity and socio-cultural changes from when the principles were made till now. Have their exist any change in our society from 1977 till this day?

We should be re-informed of things happening in our day to day environment so we don’t become victim of malignant ignorance. Today we’re having gross insecurity issues were every Nigerian is on the high alert and self defensive ranging from the Niger-Delta crisis which I, myself suffered to the resurgence of the Boko Haram incidence. Believe me if we intend to keep IT’s like this were the new Terrorism Bill gives the Police and other security agency permits the arrest of suspected terrorist. May i bring also to you view that it is terrifying for people to walk out from the bush en mass or simultaneously at 4am and you would want to wonder what are the Police doing.

A review at our principles, code of conduct, Belief and practice will elevate us from being victims of circumstances to becoming citizens of Uhuru.

I visited Port Harcourt prison today and reports shows the zones were assisting with all humanly effort.

I believe also that when we start questioning some ethics in our Belief and Practice we would refine them to better and standardize to pass on to the next generation. A wise saying goes this way “all kingdom must expire”. Its time for reformation, the old systems doesn’t work anymore.

Mbata Mbete
OKHT’07
S’Eastern Zone

“ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN, SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND KNOCK AND IT SHALL BE OPEN”- Lord Jesus Christ

donveejay:

Lord Mbata Mbete, I would like to know your proposal on this issue. What you want? Blending on top of rug in a hotel hall? Going to the bush is not for the mild hearted. It is a passage of rites. As Lord Kaduna Nzeogwu puts it, “The Eyes, Butchers and Criers are to blame and in effect, the Temple’s Coordination. Period”

This kind of situation as been happening for a long time where men are arrested after Jolly in fact I ve been in that situation but was lucky to escape and 2 days later we went back to finish the Jolly. Ayes who enter the bush normally goes there knowing the risk and thats why we have Eyes to check and properly validate the grounds and for Butchers to mount guard when Ayes are going and coming out from the bush.

NBM nor be small pikin thing and any Aye wen never enter bush nor fit know the essence of NBM. Weda u decorate am or call am anything na u know.

Lord Jesse Makoko
FJ 1 98
Member COE
Ireland Zone.

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Lord Jesse Makoko
FJ 1 98
Ireland Zone

wariboko:

Lord Jesse Makoko

I furnish you with my proposal below.
wariboko wrote:
A review at our principles, code of conduct, Belief and practice will elevate us from being victims of circumstances to becoming citizens of Uhuru.
I have never thought for a second that NBM was the childish stuff even if it was it should have by now become a mature minds stuff from 1977 till date.
donveejay wrote:
This kind of situation as been happening for a long time where men are arrested after Jolly in fact I ve been in that situation but was lucky to escape and 2 days later we went back to finish the Jolly.
With your statement above i ask must it keep happening? what if the Eyes and Butchers performed outstandingly only to meet an eventuality of possibility which is possible. That’s why I ask if we have been in circumstances like this and it keeps happening the we should change the setting or setup that brings us to premises were it happens.

It is rather unwise to take risk when there is no risk at all to be taken.

Mbata Mbete
OkHT’07
S’Eastern Zone

uhuru147:

Aye Axemen!!

I personally do not see what is wrong with holding Ini in the jungle or ITs in secret locations in Nigeria. We in Austria hold our Jolly in the Jungle and ITs in Locals, and Austria is a Police country. They have not come to boost our IT ground for once even with all the latest technologies at their disposal.

What we should check is the manner in which ayes carry out their activities and this never ending fighting and killings. When there is fighting my brothers, the Police will do everything possible to make sure they wipe out such groups whether be it in Nigeria or diaspora.

Recently the police boosted the Neo-Nazi group in Germany because they are an anti-social group even when they are German citizens, but the same Police have visited the venue where we were having a European Regional IT in Germany, though they know we were axemen, but since there was no crime committed or against us they left the same way they came.

Lord Kaduna Ezeogwu once posted here that NBM items and logos are displayed in Police stations in Benin, Nigeria; there are warnings against members by authorities, my brothers do you think where such alerts exist the police will not arrest members of such groups? Surely they will, it has nothing to do with our traditions but everything to do with fighting and killings that has become the norm in NBM.

So if we want things to go accordingly without the police arresting members, then we have to change this our business as usual attitude. Na so I see am reach.

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The truth did not say we shouldn’t tell it – Etsako Proverb

Jesse Makoko
Austria
KB’98

wariboko:

Aye Axemen!

I have never criticized the holding of Ini in secret place. I only opined that issues of Police arrest in Pre-Ini, Ini, and Post Ini times should not be treated with kid gloves because of the defamation of character of Strong Men Involved. Looking at Austria and Nigeria there is huge differences in Intelligence and understanding between the most country. It is very wrong to place comparison between the both country.

May I suggest. That before an Ini Holds the
1. Zone ought to be aware whether Temples or Kanta Temples.
2. Suggestions of Place of Ini should be Scrutinized by the Chief Butcher of the Zone (which in some Zones Butchers are Government Security Personnel)
3. Name and Total No. of whom to be initiated.
4. Interview on ITJ’s

May criticizing the point of reformation would cause more erection of unethical methodologies going on in this Movement. A review at some of the methodologies of how things are done will elevate the movement and also checkmate the “who is who” in the movement.

I rest my case.

Lord Mbata Mbete
OKHT’07
S’Eastern Zone

The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower the Righteous runneth to it and they’re saved – Palsmist

uhuru147:

Lord Mbata Mbete

You may not know the meaning of a Police country ( its a place where the police is always on you checking for faults so they can make an arrest), do we have such police surveillance in Nigeria? Its not a fair comparison because we are exposed to greater risk
for partaking in NBM activities than ayes in Nigeria). If we are not arrested for NBM activities or practicing its traditions because we abide to law and orders, I do not see any reason why we should be arrested in Nigeria if we portray what we claim to be and remain law abiding. This is the starting point of cleansing; cleansing the attitude of aye/ Lords and not the tradition of having our Ini in the bush.

Judge for yourself if you were in the shoes of the law enforcement what you would rather have done to a group that never stops to fight? I bet you would look for them any where you hear they are gathered to arrest them. It is a pity that our brothers are arrested but there are issues or backlog of events that led to that decision of arresting them anywhere you find them which holding ini in the bush is the least of them.

Yes reformation is needed but not our ini or jolly procedures but everything to do with our immediate actions which impact the larger society. How to do you see that point?

Would they be arrested coming from ini ground if our actions were peaceful? But they would be arrested even though the ini ground was in a five star hotel in dubai owing to the bitter truth that we are fighting non-stop for years now. This is the problem and nothing else. If you refuse to see my point there is nothing I can do more. But thank God that the Zone is doing what is humanly possible to set them free. I hail you.

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The truth did not say we shouldn’t tell it – Etsako Proverb

Jesse Makoko
Austria
KB’98

orlansky:

Aye axemen,
My regard to all that has contributed to this thread the fact is alot of men has suffered from this police bursting in recent time few months ago my younger broda who was a temple butcher in udi escaped luckily as the police encircled them after jolly got home safely but was identified to the police by the temple head whose hand i believed were tied maybe after enough brutish NPF style and was arrestted as he was about taking his bath at home they were all rimanded to the prison custody at Ubiaja only to get bail in court after a month plus the case is still in court till date despite the cry for help no one responded but Lord Abebe Bikila was who was very inspiring.
Let call a spade a spade i fell bad for any true axeman passing hard times and whether we like it or not until a holistic overhaul is carried out in NBM we will continue to experience this untold bad situation and my opinion is…………

THE NATIONAL BODY MUST WAKE UP FROM SLUMBER TO FACE THEIR DUTY OF FIXING NBM WITHOUT BIASED BY BANNING TEMPLE INITIATION PERIOD.
Any undergraduate intending juus should channel their application through a links-man to the zona that has jurisdiction over the temple in otherwords initiation should be the exclusive preserve of the zone else we will see more arrest because NBM despite the CAC registration we talk about is not yet recognize maybe based on our activities that are inimical to modern safety and societal development.

seriously sad

Lord kaduna Nzeogwu 1
Ikp 97
Italian zone

uchvega:

Mii Lord Mbata Mbete S’Eastern Zone,

Security is off utmost importance in all NBM meetings. Do you think it’s more easier for the Police to burst Axemen in the bush rather than in some fancy hotel? If your answer is No! Then it still boils down to the question of fully functioning NBM offices and capable hands handling such responsibility.

First and foremost is secrecy. NBM in the Temples especially, should get back to the era when everything was secret. Nowadays, we find Axemen who want to display a badge proclaiming their membership, knacking Egede in every bar, pub or road-side joint or those screaming it from the rooftops.

* Date and Location of ITs should always be secret and a need-to-know basis. There is no such thing as”Our usual ground”. That mentality is a serious bane in the Temples as Axemen tend to become overly confident, sometimes out-rightly boastful.

* There should be several “take-off” LZs where Axemen attending should arrive and be coordinated from; to the location. A coordinated Temple should never allow Axemen to just simple waltz into and from the Ground (afterwards) from any direction they feel like. This helps in securing the location to a certain degree.

* Minimal discharge of FOUR should be encouraged, and maintained during Jolly. Excessive use is bound to draw attention especially if the Eyes did not take the time and zeal to locate a remote or secure Ground.

* Efforts must be made to remove stuff from the Ground after the Jolly. That could showcase the area being used for some clandestine purpose. Just incase, curious minds drawn to the strange night sounds wander into the location later – Sound waves travel great distances at night.

These measures and many more could be used to secure attendees.

I remember back in my days in Bemuda 1 HT. We always had atleast a two ring defensive perimeter around our Ground. Plus a steady rotation of the Guards by the Chief Butcher in coordination with the Chief Eye and the Suicide Squad Chairman (an office I noticed was predominating in eastern Temples).
We also located a few of the Biafran War era bunkers deep in the hills and jungles. These locations were used on several occasions to evade combined units of military, police and vigilante teams. I remember one night in 2002 during one of the Temple’s Initiation Jolly; the guards reported sightings of movement which later became a fire-fight. The police fired randomly and constantly because they couldn’t find the exact location. The Jolly was closed and all Axemen moved single file in quiet silence to one of those Biafran War era bunkers. We formed our defensive perimeters again at the new location and maintained vigilance till the morning. No return fire was ever permitted nor was Axemen allowed to drift off on their own, probably to their peril.
The Ground was so secure in terms of, no one would ever suspect that the area was being used that the Buccanners once tried to use the surrounding area for their own operations. They walked right close to one of the perimeter guard units with all their entire lobbers. Needless to say, they were still setting up camp when they were surrounded and flogged – Sea Lord and Lobber. Some were held until our activity finished at another location while some of the late-attending buccaneers chased off and fearing that their entire colleagues were at the mercy of Axemen went to report to the School Security and Anti-Cult Organization. They brought the security teams to the location they wanted to use and the police simply fired off shots into the air, hoping to receive return fire to enable them tag the Axemen’s location were disappointed. Axemen watched from afar!

In a nutshell, security and secrecy is of utmost importance be it, in the Temple or Zone (Diaspora or Homeland). What Lord would fancy having the cops at 3:00am in the morning waving a warrant and busting him infront of his wife and kids or grabbing him at his workplace, tarnishing his career. The need is the same wherever; The Temple or Zone must coordinate it’s activities with utmost decorum so that private lives of Axemen do not affect the common Ground of the Axemen in that Temple or Zone.

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Lord Askia Mohammed De 2nd
Bermuda 1 HT ’99
Malaysia Zone (Timbuktu)

wariboko:

Lord Jesse Makoko

I hail your reasonings that are sensible and conservative. I think your Temple at the then times hard this defensive method that the Nigeria Security Lacks and it was very much impossible for a counter team of any security agency to breakthrough, That must have been very difficult to implement though. But may i bring forth your attention to the present day NBM activities in the Temples, Your strategy or the defense Strategy of your then temple is omni present in most existing temples in NBM.

But One would ask why does this unfortunate circumstance keep resurfacing? and When it does people carrier are sometimes put into jeopardy as a result of the police prosecution and litigation?

when you give the preceding criteria for holding a well organized INI. I saw no difference with the former and existing protocols. Holding an organized Ini does not involve the use of hotel halls. I strongly thing a collective and cumulative input on this issue would bring a refined process that will be security conscious and safe.

I hail.

Mbata Mbete
OKHT’07
S’Eastern Zone

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. – Che Guevara

Patrice Lumumba:

Mbata Mbete

U have heard it all from seasoned Lords, (jesse makoko, Lord Askia Mohammed, Kaduna Nzeogwu), it bothers on security, secrecy and the attitude of Axemen.

i think it was Lord Haile Selassie (Kiriji) nthat posted back in the days before jolly Axemen use to gather at the bus stop in lagos having fun even with security men, bus drivers, basically everyone there at the stop before heading to the bush, and they know they are going to the bush, how come they were not busted before, during and when coming back from bush? i will tell you, think about what Jesse Makoko, Head Austria Zone said.

Seems to me that you are afraid of going into the bush, because of the busting, but if things are done like the “seasoned lords” said, there is nothing to be scared about, unless u just hate going to the bush

I greet you
Aye Nelson Mandela
Ada 06′

Lord Mikie:

Lord Mbata Mbete,

I salute in the name of Korofo. I feel ur pains as I have suffered such in the past.
There have been a time I was shown on local televison, with the police laying false alligation on me and displaying arms and ammunitions claiming i was caught with them just because I went for an ini J. thanks to Korofo, I was neither jailed nor rusticated due to the timely intervention of a lord who is now a legislator.
Now that nor mean say me go say make we hold J for town or hotel as the case may be.
if you search thoroughly into black history you will find that in most African ethnic groups, as a child develops to an extent, the child is circumcised and subsequently passed through initiation process which where always held at night and in the bush. Men like Jomo kenyata, Nelson Mandela and a whole lot of our African heroes passed through this proccess.

it has been incoporated into our beloved NBM, lets enjoy it.

now, what I can say is that, like a lord i met in Warri, if I’m right, he is the coordinator effurun sub zone, told me that in his temple days, they notify security agents each time an ini is fixed. if all zonal bodies can take it upon themselves and try to alleviate the hardship faced by the temple ayes during ini by notifying security agents, most importantly, the police, i believe it will go a long way.

Lord Mbata,if u can, please reach me on 08035765428. I just relocated to PH and may need your help.

Aye axe men

lord Fayika

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If what you know can not change you, then change what you know!!!

 

NBM Tries to Sue the Black Axe (LOL!!!)

Potentially the craziest thing I have read today… The Neo Black Movement is trying to sue the ‘Black Axe’ (The Same Organisation) for copyright infringement relating to their usage of the same logo!! LOL!!!

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NBM disowns Black Axe over arrest of 120 suspected cultists

Adewale Sanyaolu

The Neo Black Movement of Africa (NBM) has denied having any relationship with a group named Black Axe, saying the use of its logo by the group was an infringement on its copyright.

Recall that the Police had, last week, arrested 120 persons alleged to be members of Black Axe group during the celebration of 777 in preparation for initiation into the group in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

The NBM, in a statement by its National President, Engr. Felix Kupa, said its attention had been drawn to the picture accompanying the arrest of 120 suspected cultists in Lagos, which is currently circulating in various online website and blogs, adding that NBM has no approval of any ceremony on the said date.

‘‘While we commend the Police Force for the prompt enforcement of law and order, we are however constrained to make this public announcement in view of our noticing a possible infringement on our organizations copyrighted names and logo in the accompanying picture.

“For the non-discerning, the banner in the accompanying picture may seem as ours and therefore may have a damaging effect on our brand name in the eyes of those who are not able to tell the difference between the one in the picture and ours.

“We hereby restate, as we always have when our attention is drawn to possible abuse of our names and logo by imposters.”

The NBM said as a law-abiding organisation registered with the  Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and which  facts have severally been reaffirmed by various courts of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have no relationship with Black Axe.

“The banner is not ours and we state without any equivocation that none of our member is among the arrested persons.

“We have instructed our solicitors to liaise with the police to ascertain who or those we will be pressing a case of copyright violation against.

“We as an organisation remain resolute in the aims and objectives guiding our organisation regardless of the attempts by imposters to distract us from our chosen path.

“We urge the Police Force to, within the context of due process; charge any infractions of the laws to the court for proper adjudication,’’ Kupa said.

Basicly anyone caught doing crime is labelled as “Black Axe” and “Imposters” and deemed to be guilty of copyright infringement.

Anyone not caught for the crimes they are doing can freely use the logo and are deemed to be law abiding respectful members of the community and glorious members of the “Neo Black Movement”

Moronic and Shameless Ex-Delta House Of Assembly Candidate Reacts To Problems He Helps Create

Article: http://news2.onlinenigeria.com/latest-addition/456387-ex-delta-house-of-assembly-candidate-reacts-to-renewed-militancy.html

Hang on isn’t Mr Bemigho Eyeoyibo the former head of the Black Axe? (Yes)

Aren’t the confraternities involved in the militancy and kidnapping? (Yes)

Isn’t it then complete idiocy that we should be listening to him on the matter? (Yes)

This man should be seen as a symbol of Nigeria’s problems not a walking, talking, commentator on the matter. He was head of the mafia organisation that helped rig the elections in delta and indeed the very government of which he speaks.

Shame on the author of this article for describing him as:

1) A former candidate of the Delta state House of Assembly

2) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Roseview Court

3) Graduate of Sociology from the Bendel State University

4) Hospitality management consultant and a business man

5) An Itsekiri born politician.

and not describing his most notable role: MAFIA CRIME BOSS

and let’s get things straight….. the hotel is his. his role of “consultant” was only devised to escape possible seizure of the hotel under the Secret Cults Prohibition Act.

and let’s also get things straight about this man’s so called political career. He was a candidate ONCE and got so few votes i’m sure he’ll never bother to come forth as a candidate again. Even the crooks in Warri didn’t vote for this cretin. He got 24 votes out of the tens of thousands of votes.

Moronic and Shameless Ex-Delta House Of Assembly Candidate , Mr Bemigho Eyeoyibo, Reacts To Problems He Helps Create:

A former candidate of the Delta state House of Assembly, Mr Bemigho Eyeoyibo, has reacted to the renewed economic sabotage of militants operating in the Niger Delta region.

Eyeoyibo, who is the managing director and Chief Executive Officer of Roseview Court (hotel and catering services), Akute, Ogun state, in an exclusive interview with Naij.com, spoke on diverse national issues.

The graduate of Sociology from the Bendel State University (Ambrose Ali University), Ekpoma, Edo state, when asked his opinion on the renewed restiveness in the Niger Delta region following the recent bombings of oil/gas pipelines, which led to the shutting down of some oil giants operating in the region, condemned the renew unrest in the area.

The hospitality management consultant and a business man described the perpetrators of the economic sabotage as overzealous.

The Itsekiri born politician, who contested last year’s House of Assembly election on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) further stated that, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari inherited a lot of mismanaged economy, mismanage society as well as mismanaged educational system.

Eyeoyibo said the sabotage was not called for at a time like this because the entire facet of our wellbeing as a nation was badly mutilated by the past administration. He expressed optimism in Buhari’s “change” mantra, saying: “I believe in the Buhari change, I believe against all odd that this man is genuine.”

He urged the perpetrators to sheathe their sword and called on his kinsmen and women not to support such ills.

“I call on all my brothers and sisters in the Niger Delta that they should not support such ills and evil, it is evil against us as Nigerians,” Eyeoyibo said.

Meanwhile, few days after the oil and gas pipelines in the Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta state, were attacked, another explosion rocked a major pipeline owned by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company in Brass local government area of Bayelsa state on Thursday, January 28.

The presidency in a reaction to the economic sabotage warned that it will deal decisively with anyone who violates the law irrespective of where the person comes from. The warning was given by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on January 21, on the backdrop of the recent bombings of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region.

In a recent report disclosed that some Niger Delta youths under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, have announced plans to embark on a one-million protest march against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The youths are marching for alleged wrong policies against the Niger Delta region by the present administration, one of which is the planned closure of the Maritime University.

In a related development, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has given new condition to the Federal Government in order for peace or destruction to reign.

Read more: http://news2.onlinenigeria.com/latest-addition/456387-ex-delta-house-of-assembly-candidate-reacts-to-renewed-militancy.html#ixzz4F5MjOWBC

 

48 NBM Arrests- Delta

48 NBM Arrests in Delta State: http://tribuneonlineng.com/police-rescue-policemans-kidnapped-7-yr-old-girl-woman-delta/

Neo Black Movement of Africa AKA: NBM AKA: Black Axe…. Illegal!

(1) The organizations, associations, groups or body of person listed in the Schedule to this Law are hereby declared to be secret cults and are prohibited (of which ‘Black Axe’, ‘The Neo Black Movement’ and ‘The Neo Black Movement of Africa’ are).

These giblets in a rats arse pretending to be humans could be rounded up by the hundred if there was the political motivation.

(4). No person shall use any sign pass word, code, ring, brooch, uniform,
oaths, rites, symbols or anything related or associated to cult or secret society.

Our country’s police should be advised to search the NBM on facebook and perhaps even visit the organisation’s own website. Many of them can be seen there “participating in activities relating to cult and/ or secret societies” as deemed illegal by law and wearing the uniform of these banned cults/societies.

(1) Any person who knowingly allows or permits a secret cult meeting or activity to hold in his hotel, nightclub or similar place of business, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for five years without an option of fine.

(2) In addition to any punishment provided under subsection (1) of this Section, any such place of business as mentioned in the subsection where a secret cult meeting or activity is allowed or permitted to take place shall be shutdown and the property confiscated.

Go down to: Roseview Court 2 Omoba close Alagbole Akute via Ojodu Berger by AP filling station. An illegal NBM meeting point owned by the former head of the NBM and mafia pimp Oritsebemigho Eyeoyibo.

Let’s see much of this. 48 arrests is not enough. Both the public and law support such actions

Bemigho Steps Down

After a 4 year tenure as head of the now global Black Axe mafia Bemigho Eyeoyibo has stepped down as it’s Worldwide Head. His leadership of the self-proclaimed “movement” from 2012-2016 was certainly an eventful one.

Before we take a look at the new incumbent of the role the (less than) Honorable Felix Kupa let’s look back at  Bemigho Eyeoyibo’s 4 years in office as head of this crime gang.

He should be remember for the hundreds of children and young adults that were brutally murdered in the name of the Neo Black Movement of Africa. During his tenure the inter-cult violence even spreading throughout Europe, Asia and North America. https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/oritsebemigho-eyeoyibo-talking-shit/

He should be remembered for the resulting hundreds arrested during Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase’s ill-fated crusade on cultism, political thuggery and murder. https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/nbm-decries-killings-arrest-of-edo-officials/

Dozens of his own members were among those arrested for terrorism and murder and it should be remembered Bemigho Eyeoyibo had to run, hide then beg for mercy to the highest level. https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/neo-black-movement-beg-for-mercy/

It should be remembered that begging for mercy was heard and the corrupt took care of the corrupt. https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/how-to-get-away-with-murder/

He should be remembered for his ill-fated political campaign in Warri which saw him get only 20 votes out of the possible tens of thousands of them on offer. It should be remembered that although the people in high places will look after Bemigho the people really have the power and they rightly told him to get on his tricycle and that crime bosses were not welcome in government.

He should be remembered for his attempt to work out who in fact was a member of the NBM crime gang and who wasn’t and to try find out how many assmen there actually is. All of which failed miserably and them only able to narrow the figure down to somewhere between  20,000 and 50,000 members. Not to mention the whole cencus data falling into the hands of unscrupulous elements and it’s more high ranking members published online: https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/neo-black-movement-membership-list/

He should be remembered for it been during his leadership the NBM’s lies about been “partnered with the British Red Cross”  and “”partnered with the United Nations” was exposed as a fraud. He should be remembered also for his initiatives the Uhuru Foundation and Kuth Foundation were initiatives solely in the fields of image laundry and fraud. https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/kuth-foundation-fraud-exposed/

 

He should be remembered for leading an organisation in complete turmoil internally with it’s members misbehaving, killing, been arrested or one other thing or another in every single zone around the world: https://bemigho147watch.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/international-index-of-nbm-wahala-part-1/

He should be remembered for turning the NBM into the incredibly lucrative and hardworking international crime organisation it is today. Bemigho Eyeoyibo was always at the forefront of drawing everyone together worldwide to commit as much fraud as possible. During his time he forged the cloest ties with those Zones making the most money from fraud (Netherlands, Spain, Japan, UK, Malaysia, USA and Canada).

He should be remembered for so much more too. Too much to mention again here.

On a personal level though Bemigho Eyeoyibo to me shall be remembered most for his moronic buffoonery. His hand caught time after time in the cookie jar and time and again telling the world, mouth full of cookies, that he wasn’t a thief.

4 years of promoting the concept of a “360 degree change” of the NBM turned into 360 degree exposure of their lies and true intent and activities.

Here however is how the NBM themselves purport to the world on how they will remember this crook.

A TESTIMONIAL GIVEN BY THE WESTERN REGIONAL HEAD, GERALD AZONOBO TO ENUMERATE THE LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY OF A COMPASSIONATE, SERVANT AND SELFLESS LEADER, HON. ORITSEBEMIGHO EYEOYIBO (OLUAYE 1), THE
IMMEDIATE PAST NATIONAL HEAD, NBM OF AFRICA (WORLDWIDE), AT THE AWARD DINNER ORGANIZED BY LAGOS ZONE-NBM OF AFRICA ON SATURDAY JUNE 25, 2016 @ROSEVIEW HOTEL, AKUTE, OGUN STATE.

 

 Greetings to the Distinguished Brotherhood:

It is no surprise to any NBM brother that we’re here today celebrating one of our leaders who has made a mark in the anals of  history within our fraternity over the past four years, you will also agree with me that this  brother, father, leader and mentor did reform our great fraternity into  what it has become today through his 360 degree turn around agenda under his administration as the National Head of NBM of Africa.  I write you today earnestly to share this epilogue and enumeration of a man well deserving of all honour and why.  It is without hesitation that we deemed it fit and worthy to celebrate a man that has invested himself immensely towards the growth and advancement of this great brotherhood fraternity.

While serving as Zonal Head, I have had the privilege of working directly alongside Bro. Bemigho to represent the brothers of the Western Region and the brothers beyond on the National Council of Elders.  During this time, I  witnessed his commitment to excellence in this Fraternity.During same time, I learned first-hand, the detailed nature by which he approaches his work and his emphasis on transparent and regular communication with the Brotherhood. He engages each and every task with the strategic mindset you would expect from the leader of a 20,000-member organization and particularly one to which you pay dues.

What I have found to be most revered about Bro. Bemigho is his diligence and the provocative thought offered when it comes to addressing the many pressing matters that are presented to this Fraternity.  I believe that an imperative part of leadership is about having the audacity to lead authentically, and Bro. Bemigho has proven he is about just that.  He has modeled the appropriate leadership behavior which has fostered trust, and when you look at the roadmap Bro. Bemigho has already trotted down in this fraternity, you can see that he has not jeopardized this in any way.  He continuously dedicated his time, commitment, and heart to the fraternity,it’s  betterment and overall good of this very  brotherhood. We as brothers have reaped the fruits of his labour.  Let us not judge a brother by what he says, but judge him by what he does.

Bro. Bemigho is heavily invested in the renewed lifeline of this Fraternity – the college brothers.  In our unique dual college/alumni leadership position, he gave me the freedom to lead in our region and voice my concerns.  He was open to hearing my viewpoint and allowed me to execute my plans alongside his.  That is the foundation of our fraternal ideal – equipping young men with the developmental leadership qualities by providing an outlet where they can build themselves into better men to be able to go out and better this world.  Bro. Bemigho understands this philosophy – he preaches it, practices it, and ensures we prepare college brothers for it.

I once said, “We are quick to identify a paper brother, but we play blind to paper leadership.”  For the latter part of that quote, I can attest to the fact that when it comes to leadership Bro. Bemigho has not fainted or faltered, and knowing the man and brother he is, i  do not expect him to do so even now that the power of national leadership has changed hands. He has led this House of NBM with excellence in these doubtful and troubling times – not only those facing NBM, but those facing this world at large, where the efforts of NBM men are needed and called.  The path we choose to embark on at this present position of this great fraternity will undoubtedly shape our unwritten and written legacy. We must make sure that such legacy is protected, preserved, and nurtured with the right investments in order to ensure that when we look back at this moment it will be unequivocally clear that we stood up for the principles and ideals envisioned, articulated, and personified by the jewels.

We must search deep in our hearts while using every ounce of energy in our minds to ask some serious questions regarding the present state of NBM as well as our near and distant future. Some may say that NBM has lost its soul. Others may say that this is just business as usual and that all is good in the House of NBM. Some may not even have an opinion. No matter what school-of-thought you belong to on this spectrum of perspectives, one-fact surfaces: NBM should and must remain “the college of friendship, the university of brotherly love, and the school for the better making men of men.”

As Western Regional Head, I call on all brothers of this great fraternity to practice NBM as aligned with our founding principles, ideals, and objectives. The right investment will be a step in the right direction. We must invest in our future by making a careful investment now just like Brother Bemigho. We must invest in NBM’s leadership. Can one man make NBM the greatest organization in the world? That’s a far-fetched fantasy. But most of us can agree that we all must be servant leaders with the adequate skill-sets to help stimulate the environment that will ultimately enable our success as an organization. We need leaders that can galvanize a balanced team of Brothers across all regions and demographics of NBM so that we can build a climate destined for success.

Here are some facts about Brother Bemigho  that I can attest to based upon first-hand experience working with him. All through his national leadership tenure of 2012-2016, it became clear that he is a steadfast leader, a visionary, and a Brother’s brother whose dedication to the ideals of NBM will never waver under any circumstance. He was an independent thinker on the Council and always stood up for what he believed was in NBM’s best interest. He never voted for something just because it was popular or politically expedient to do so. He always stood up for NBM’s best interest. Why is this important? We need to know where our leaders stood yesterday, stand today, and will stand tomorrow and the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Brother Bemigho’s core as a servant leader was not influenced by political tides and/or desires for personal gain.

There are a number of men who, since my initiation, have become Big Brothers in the truest sense and I count Brother Bemigho amongst them. He is the example we should follow in seeking to be good, committed and diligent servants in this organization of leaders. His is the example of a man who achieved that heavily sought balance between brotherhood and business and did so at the expense of neither. While capable, Brother Bemigho’s respect within this house is not rooted in his ability to give a stirring speech. While knowledgeable, it is not grounded in his ability to recite to us our own history. Brother Bemigho’s respect within the House of NBM is squarely founded on the years of sincere time and effort he has given to NBM and, more importantly, to the community that NBM serves. This is a Brother whom an army of gentlemen that endeavor to be servant leaders would be proud to have as their mentor.

These are the qualities we need to fortify the House of NBM. Sound practices, proven results and an ability to execute are hallmarks of Brother Bemigho’s leadership.

Lastly, I would be remiss not to discuss how Brother Bemigho carved an administrative ease passage through creation of Regional structure across the demographics of NBM, which has become a functional constitutional arm of government in our Fraternity. What a great feat he has achieved.

He has successfully served this great movement under different leadership capacity from Zonal to the National Level and he handed over the mantle of national leadership to Hon. Felix Kupa, National Head, NBM of Africa (Worldwide) on the 28th of May, 2015 at the just concluded 38th Annual National
[11:54 PM, 6/25/2016] Dagogo: Convention in Warri, Delta State, after serving under two administrations and having learned the legacies of those that preceded them, I can fully understand the significance of the National Head.

Hon. Bemigho Eyeoyibo, while he served as the National Head, was a steward who could  and would  ensure that your NBM Investment was constantly  protected.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Brother Gerald A. Azonobo
President, Western Region
NBM of Africa.⁠⁠⁠⁠

 

Evil Extraordinaire

It’s always been hard to single out any one axeman as been particularly more ‘evil’ than the others.

When a group of individuals contain viscous killers, rapists, robbers, fraudsters, pedophiles, managers in the fields of human trafficking, prostitution and drug smuggling… and when a group of individuals pimp themselves out to politicians for large sums of money to rig elections, intimidate, beat and kill political opponents… and when a group of individuals stab each other, beat each other, steal from each other, kill each other and have been known to bite each other’s ears off during altercations… It would seem to hard to single out any specific individual as been any more evil than their comrades in this “glorious movement” the Neo Black Movement of Africa.

However one such member has now been singled out. Rising head and shoulders above this fellow members as a manifestation of pure and undiluted evil. A “Black Lord” so controversially evil that even some of the Neo Black Movement’s members have spoken out against the initiation of this creature into the NBM.

When killers, rapists, robbers, fraudsters and pedophiles question the character of a man you know you are dealing with a creature like the devil.

When the same killers, rapists, robbers, fraudsters and pedophiles equate the individual in question to be “in the class of Idi Amin, Hitler, Saddam, our Abacha and IBB, Campoare, whitemen who came to Africa to ship away our brothers” you are undoubtedly dealing with: “Evil Extraordinaire’.

This is an NBM member who is not responsible for the deaths of 200, 2000 or even 20,000 innocent people. This highly acclaimed Noe Black Movement member had a hand in the killing of over 200,000 people.

He is one of the most notorious war lords in African history: Prince Yormie Johnson

The initiation of Prince Johnson into the NBM invoked mixed feelings within the organisation. Some were disgusted and protested furiously. However some were impressed to have such a notorious, fearsome and savage killer in their midst.

Ike Bobby Onwubuya of the NBM London Zone rushed to defend the inclusion of this tyrant:

Ike Bobby Onwubuya

“You have to be objective sometimes. Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes. He is not even wanted by any war crimes tribunal. He was voted as an independent candidate in a free and relatively fair election” – Ike Bobby Onwubuya (also known as Lord Haile Selassie) of the NBM London Zone.

To scrutinize the value of Ike Bobby Onwubuya’s words it’d require taking some of his advice: “be objective”

If we are to “be objective” we should examine some of the history of Prince Yormie Johnson. Not omit the facts relating to his brutality in favour of simply pointing out Prince Yormie Johnson “has never been convicted of any war crimes”. So let’s go a little deeper than Ike Bobby Onwubuya chooses to go.

In order to understand how Prince Yormie Johnson came to be so infamous, how he came to Nigeria and how he not only crossed paths with the NBM but became a member… it is necessary to understand a little history about him and some of other notable characters in his orbit along and also the geo-political and corrupt backdrop that envelops their history.

These characters are: 1) William R. Tolbert, Jr. 2) Samuel Doe 3) Thomas Quiwonkpa 4) Charles Taylor 5) Former Preseident of Nigeria: Sani Abacha and lastly of course 6) NBM member Prince Yormie Johnson.

1) William R. Tolbert, Jr 

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Born May 13th 1913 Tolbert was the 20th President of Liberia from 1971 until his murder in 1980. He abandoned the foreign policy initiates of his predecessor William Tubman (who held a “strong pro-West foreign policy”) and sought greater political independence for Liberia. This saw him establish diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, and several other Eastern Bloc countries. This, it should go without saying, was not to the liking of the United States of America. To add insult to injury Tolbert brought into question the “24-hour-Right” for the U.S. military to use Liberia’s airspace and severed Liberia’s ties with Israel and spoke in favour of recognising national rights of the Palestinian people.

An ideal candidate to be subject to ‘regime change’

On April 12th 1980, the day of the coup d’état, Tolbert was savagely murdered and reportedly “disemboweled in his bed while he slept”. Evidence given in 2008 before a Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Doe’s former justice minister, Councillor Chea Cheapoo, alleged the American CIA had provided the map of the Executive Mansion, enabling the rebels to break into it; that it was a white American CIA agent who shot and killed Tolbert.

In the following days Tolbert’s government ministers were rounded up, arrested and summarily executed.

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2) Samuel Doe – 

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger hosts Armed Forces Full Honors Arrival Ceremony for His Excellency, Commander in Chief Samuel Kanyon Doe, Head of State of the Republic of Liberia outside the Pentagon's River entrance.

Born May 6th 1951 Samuel Kanyon Doe was the 21st President of Liberia following the assassination of his predecessor William R. Tolbert, Jr.

Upon becoming President Samuel Doe suspended the constitution which enabled him to free a number of prisoners detained under the Tolbert regime. It also enabled him to process 91 officials of the former regime in military courts without jury trial and any legal representation. His early tenure is marked by the resulting mass executions.

Samuel Doe, been of an minority ethnic group, was not greatly popular. However his foreign policy would see him acquire friends in high places. Not least within the United States government. He realigned Liberia with the west and severed links to the Soviet Union. He reopened ports to US, Canadian and European ships and even granted “staging rights on 24-hour notice at Liberia’s sea and airports for the U.S. Rapid Deployment Forces””

This made him very popular with the USA and an ideal candidate to remain in power. At least while he served a purpose.

In 1984 he abandoned a policy of military rule in the country, announced presidential elections and proposed himself as one of the candidates. The election was heavily rigged; Doe had the ballots taken to a secret location and 50 of his own handpicked staff counted them. Foreign observers (except the USA) declared the elections fraudulent. It is also alleged that he changed his official birth date from 1951 to 1950 in order to meet the new constitution’s requirement that the president be at least 35 years old. Doe was formally sworn in on January 6, 1986.

Doe’s corrupt and repressive government became even more repressive shutting down newspapers and banning political activity. The government’s mistreatment of certain ethnic groups would soon lead to the first Liberian civil war.

Doe would later be captured, tortured, killed (and eaten) at the hands of none other than: Prince Yormie Johnson

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3) Thomas Quiwonkpa –

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Thomas Quiwonkpa was born 1955. At the age of 16 he joined Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). His career saw him start in a lowly position in the army’s records department. However Quiwonkpa was destined for bigger things (although arguable not better). He gained great prestige within the Doe administration for his part in the 1980 coup. Following the execution of the military commanders under the Tolbert administration in April 1980 by May Quiwonkpa saw himself a major general and made the new AFL commander.

In 1983 differences between him and the president surfaced. He was demoted, accused of plotting to overthrow Doe and had to flee the country.

In 1985 Quiwonkpa returned to Liberia with a group of heavily armed men and attempted a coup against Doe. Commentators at the time attribute USA support for Doe as the main reason the coup failed.

Doe initiated revenge attacks against the Gio and Mano ethnic groups in Quiwonkpa’s Nimba County. This resulted in many thousands of deaths, international concern of ‘genocide’ and contributed to the later onset of the First Liberian Civil War.

Following the failure Quiwonkpa was captured, killed, his body mutilated and eaten.
4) Charles Taylor –

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Born 28th January 1948 in Arthington, a town near Monrovia, Liberia. In 1977 Taylor earned a degree at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States.

He supported the 1980 uprising by Doe and won the position of Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), a position that left him in charge of purchasing for the Liberian government. He was caught embezzling nearly one million USD and fled to the USA. He was arrested on 21 May 1984 by US Deputy Marshals in Somerville, Massachusetts. However On 15 September 1985 whilst awaiting awaiting the conclusion of his extradition hearing he managed, mysteriously, to escape from the high security prison he was been held:  Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

Notably in respect to his escape Charles Taylor claimed that “US CIA agents had helped him escape from the maximum security prison in Boston in 1985”. Which would seem outrageous if it wasn’t for a later freedom of information disclosure from the US Pentagon confirming his ties with US intelligence services. The Defence Intelligence Agency admitted: “Mr Taylor first started working with US intelligence in the 1980s, the period when he rose to become one of the world’s most notorious warlords”.

It is thought upon, again mysteriously, escaping from the USA he fled to Libya where he trained under Muammar Gaddafi. Taylor left Libya and traveled to Ivory Coast where he formed the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL). In December 1989, Taylor launched an armed uprising from the Ivory Coast into Liberia to overthrow the Doe regime, leading to the First Liberian Civil War.

Taylor had captured most of Liberia by 1990 using his Gaddafi-funded war machine. However one man stood in his path and prevented him from attaining a full victory. That man was one of his senior commanders Prince Yormie Johnson who broke away from the NPFL and formed his own rebel group: Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)

Taylor served as president of Liberia 1997-2003 after the First Liberian Civil War. In 2003 under mounting international and domestic pressure he escaped to exile in Nigeria. He was later returned (after been captured at the Cameroon border with a land rover full of cash and heroin) to Liberia and forwarded to Sierra Leone where he stood trial for his role in the Sierra Leone Civil War. Ultimately charged on 11 counts of crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law: 1) terrorism, 2) murder, 3) Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular murder. 4) Rape 5) Sexual slavery and any other form of sexual violence 6) Outrages upon personal dignity 7) Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular cruel treatment 8) Other inhumane acts 9) Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces or groups, or using them to participate actively in hostilities 10) Enslavement and 11) Looting and Pillaging.

He is currently serving a 50 year sentence in the United Kingdom.
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5) Sani Abacha – 

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Born 20th September 1943. Abacha was born in Kano, Nigeria. He attended the Nigerian Military Training College and after graduating from Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England in 1963 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. Abacha’s military career is most notable for a long string of successful coups. He is regarded as the “the most successful coup plotter in the history of Nigeria’s military”. In 1990, Abacha became the first Nigerian soldier to attain the rank of a full General without skipping a single rank.

On 17th November 1993 Abacha seized power in Nigeria and installed himself as President. He served in this role from 1993 to 1998. Although his term at the time was seen as positive (mainly due to the country’s economic improvement under his leadership) it was later marred with evidence of enormous amounts of corruption and human right abuses.

Investigations after his death by British, Swizz and US authorities estimated that Abacha had looted no less than $2.2 billion USD (although later estimated to be between 2 and 5 billion USD) from Nigerian State funds into offshore banks accounts in Britain, United States, Jersey and Switzerland.

The Swizz in 1999 froze nearly half a billion USD traced to been held in Swizz bank accounts and it was declared ”The greater part of these assets are obviously of criminal origin,”. The British authorities were able to identify 1.3 billion USD of funds that had been handled by British banks but were, in the most part, unable to determine the final location of these funds. In 2002, Abacha’s family agreed to return $1.2 billion that was stolen from the central bank. The US Sate Department announced in 2014 it had frozen $458 million USD also of criminal origin relating to Abacha’s term as president.

Abacha’s exploits would later see him ranked 4th in a list of the world’s most corrupt leaders.

Prince Yormie Johnson

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Prince Yormie Johnson was born 6th July 1952 in Tapeta, Nimba County in the middle east of Liberia. He was raised by an uncle in the capital city of Monrovia. In 1971 at the age of 19 he joined the Liberian National Guard (LNG) where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and participated in military training in the USA. His brutal attitude enabled him to become the personal assistant and right hand man of Thomas Quiwonkpa, the Commanding General of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Thomas Quiwonkpa later attempted a coup in 1985 against the 21st President of Liberia – Samuel Doe.

Thomas Quiwonkpa coup attempt failed and he was killed and eaten.

Later in 1985 another important figure emerged in an attempt to seize power from Samuel Doe: Charles Taylor.

Prince Yormie Johnson was a senior commander under Charles Taylor during the First Liberian Civil War. In 1990 he created a break-away group ‘Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)’. This splinter group denied Charles Taylor his complete victory by seizing control of Liberia’s capital city Monrovia in the summer of 1990.

In September 1990 Johnson and his men stormed the HQ of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Monrovia and abducted president Samuel Doe. Johnson then presided over the torture, mutilation and eventual execution of Doe. This disturbing act of barbarism was captured on film and shows Johnson calmly been fanned by his wife and sipping a budweiser whilst his men cut off Doe’s ear.

Further instances of Johnson’s barbarism are evident during the First Liberian Civil War. Many call for him to sent to the Hague for war crimes for his part in the killing of thousands of innocent men, woman and children during his ruthless campaign. Included in those killings were aid workers helping those effected by the civil war.

He proclaimed himself Liberia’s president but this didn’t last for long. Under increasing pressure from rebels loyal to Charles Taylor he eventually fled to the safety of Nigeria.

It is here in Nigeria he made several controversial alignments. One with Sani Abacha with whom he became personal friend (as he did also with fellow human rights abuser and murderer Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida) and another with ‘The Neo Black Movement of Africa’ who initiated him secretly as a member.

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Prince Yormie Johnson and The Neo Black Movement of Africa

Many people who examine the NBM (and this includes even it’s own members) see the NBM has a hierarchical system with three distinct tiers. The first tier is at temple of level (the ‘ayes’ in the university temples). The second tier is that of the Lords at Zonal level. The third tier consists of the National Leadership/Government. This contains the National Head – Oritsebemigho Eyeoyibo and the National Executive Council of Elders (NEXCO).

However there exists one further tier – The 4th Tier.

The 4th Tier is the most secretive of all. This tier consists of the most influential, powerful, corrupt and dangerous members of the NBM. These members are initiated in secret and their membership is often kept undisclosed from many of the NBM’s own members. Such 4th Tier members include members of the federal government, other high ranking government officials, members of the judiciary and law enforcement, high ranking business and banking officials and an assortment of other powerful and dangerous criminals.

Following the arrests this year (2015) in Edo State of many cultists it was these ‘4th tier’ members that came to the aid of the NBM. The Attorney General no less stepped in and ensured the release of many high profile NBM members.

Another such powerful member of the NBM is the former Liberian Warlord: Prince Yormie Johnson

He was initiated (‘blended’) in secret into the NBM some time prior to 2006 after attending a Neo Black Movement convention in 2004 held in Asaba.

His membership was received by mixed feeling within the NBM. Although the leadership saw the advantages of having such a barbaric, evil and powerful character in their organisation. Some members started voicing their objections:

“Prince Johnson is an illeterate criminal. He should be in the gallows. This is the beginning of a new era for NBM.What we are trying to instill is discipline, civility, good conduct. Celebrating a violent criminal like “pastor” prince Johnson is not what NBM is about. Discussing the issue that led to the Liberia crisis for all axemen to learn from would have been more beneficial. This can misled axemen especially those on campus to honor idiots like pastor prince Johnson as a great African leader”

“My Lord na on
this forum last year the whole debate come out say dem don blend Yomi
Johnson as axeman and the divergent views that followed including people
praising those who were responsible for him becoming an Axeman.

My Lord unfortunately he was blended last year by the powers that be and
even attended the 2004 Convention in Asaba.”

“So that murderer is an axeman.If I’m made the national head, my first assignment will be to deaxe the criminal immediately and also those who initiated him.”

“I think this issue should be taking to the national convention in march or to the national COE, I know they will not do nothing about it.”

“You are right! we should talking about responsible people in NBM of today not people like yomi johnson.”

“Yomi Johnson that lunatic who butchered Samuel Doe.It is important to state here that I’m not in support of Samuel Doe. Yomi and Sammy are both murderers and disgrace to humanity.They are in the class of Idi Amin, Hitler, Saddam, our Abacha and IBB, Campoare, whitemen who came to Africa to ship away our brothers and multinational companies like Shell, Chevron etc who are conniving with our political “misfit” to loot our wealth”

“You have to be objective sometimes. Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes. He is not even wanted by any war crimes tribunal. He was voted as an independent candidate in a free and relatively fair election.” –  Ike Bobby Onwubuya (also known as Lord Haile Selassie) of the NBM London Zone.

“Haile Selassie,

I should be objective all the times not sometimes.I’m objective all the times.You said”Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes.” So what?Does that justify his  crime against humanity.You said “Yormie Johnson has never been convicted of any war crimes.” When does getting away with crime justify the crime itself?Our jail are filled with less than 1% of those who deserve to be there.Does that make the other 99% innocent. Its this type of twisted argument that makes the IBB’s of this world think they are being persecuted when genuine calls are made for them to be thrown behind bars instead of seeking for vote from his victims.

You poured out “He was voted as an independent candidate in a free and relatively fair election.” Yes he was “voted”. Read my last posting on the low of democracy, I didn’t read your posting before I did that.Democracy has been hijacked by thugs in Africa, some axemen are thugs in Benin. In Europe and USA democracy is controlled by special interest group and the “tyranic” majority.

Prince Yomi Johnson is a criminal. He is not qualified to be an axeman and should be deaxed immediately.That’s being objective and fair to all especially the few good people in NBM.”

“The national head of Nbm is bigger than Edo state government even the president of Nigeria….. Nbm electorial system is challenged, it is most like to produce Prince Yomi Johnson the butcher of Monrovia as national head over our founder Ibm Godidi the saddest.”

“Those who initiated Prince Yomi Johnson were only thinking of their personal benefit either in terms of ego,money or power.If I’m the national head, I’ll work for his deaxeation and tell the world we are reformed and peaceful. whereas Yomi is a criminal, symble of violence.Iniatiatin g Yomi is a bad PRO for NBM. Expelling him and making it public will be a very good PRO.”

“personalities like criminal Prince Johnson, our selfish national head, and some moronic ayes whose only qualification is their ill gotten wealth and ability to do evil.”

“The head should not steal the movement money and should not allow any officer to steal our money.He should be ready to “mass-deaxe” all criminal axemen especially murderer Yomi Johnson”

“I initiated Jones,was my ideal axeman.I deliberately made sure we shared the same axe name.He told me he is instrumental to the initiation of that Liberian monster Prince Johnson,for that I’ll not support him.”
“Deaxe murderers like Prince Johnson, many more that are not qualified to be axemen.”
“The movement have initiated people with shady characters and  criminals in the past like Prince Johnson of Liberia and Apa of Nigeria, and even Ogboni members.We’ve seen the rise of criminals to the highest position of authority as head and chairman ncoe.”

“If it is true that Ajakaiye eat someone’s ear, then he is an animal in the mode of his fellow “axeman” Prince Johnson of Liberia that animal who was not satisfied with killing a fellow human being chop off his ear and penis and made him to eat it.They are both axemen, cannibals are members of Neo Black Movement courtesy of greedy leaders on Nbm.”

“The only reason while Prince Johnson was initiated is to boast their ego- we have a killer in our mist”
The Neo Black Movement should look to change their motto given the inclusion of the warlord Prince Johnson
From: “an eye for an eye” to maybe “an ear for an ear”
Or maybe more fitting: “the make an evil omelette you have to blend some bad eggs” 

Unhappy NBM Member – Part 1

Some views on the Neo Black Movement courtesy of one it’s less happy (brainwashed members).

This is his views on the relationship between the NBM and the government in Nigeria.

Some great quotes:

“only in Nigeria such monumental corruption and conflict of interest can take place”

“we celebrate criminals and ridicule good people”

“NBM is in the side of the oppressors and criminals in Nigeria”

“NBM hate the poor, they join with the rulers to rape democracy and cheat the people”

“NBM is now a hate group without direction, we continue to fight a useless cult war instead of challenging the corrupt leadership at all levels in Nigerian.”

“NBM…. are there doing nothing, pretending to be doing something”

Again thank you for your effort to show ayes the direction to go.It ridiculous, only in Nigeria such monumental corruption and conflict of interest can take place.Its a shame.But sometimes I begin to wonder if Nigerians deserve what they  are getting.We seems to be cool with it, we celebrate criminals and ridicule good people.
This is the same thing going on in the movement. NBM is in the side of the oppressors and criminals in Nigeria, the ruling PDP.NBM hate the poor, they join with the rulers to rape democracy and cheat the people.They enable corruption by taking side with the oppressors and keeping silent when our country is duped my few cowards who parade themselves as leaders.
NBM is now a hate group without direction, we continue to fight a useless cult war instead of challenging the corrupt leadership at all levels in Nigerian.
The pyrate did the right thing.They are on the side of the poor.For many years now, they’ve been very consistent.Nigeria has been bought by a small clique led by Obasanjo, the pyrate spoke out again it, they spoke from the top.The Professor who signed the document is the national leader of the pyrate confraternity, he is “mayor” of the PC, not a “rebellous Jambarama”.Some members of the movement told jambarama to “act instead of talking” when he asked the national leadership to do exactly what the pyrates are doing right now.What impact would it had have if the press release by the pyrate was done by an individual member or a branch?The position of the national leadership of pyrate on the issue is very clear, the ideal way for individual members of the PC, their branch or zone or affiliates to “act” is to reecho what the national leadership has directed.But in NBM it is different.Mayor and the NCOE are there doing nothing, pretending to be doing something, sitting on the progress or growth of the movement, struggling to get crumps from the stinking pdp leadership, equating success to number and individual political success that does more harm than good to the movement.
Take a deep breadth, reflect on what the ideas of the movement are.Reflect on the press release by the pyrates.Put both together, see if the pyrate’s press release is against or for what we stand for on paper.
If I’m the national leader of NBM, I’ll make a press statement immediately as a follow-up to the pyrate’s press release congratulating them for the release,pledging the support of the nbm, and I’ll go further warning the government not to underextimate our resolve against corruption and cheating of Nigerians and I’ll conclude by asking the government to return companies back to Nigeria.
I admire the present leadership of pyrate confraternity than the present leadership on nbm.However, I still believe our present short sighted, selfish leaders will one day give way for selfless visionary leaders.
Omar Bongo thank you.You are one great aye I’ll like to meet soon.
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