Member Distribution – Low Countries (Benelux)

120 NBM Members found with determinable location in the Benelux countries: Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

51..5% of them in Netherlands

26% of them in Luxembourg

22.5% of them in Belgium

Of those found in Netherlands 39 of them purported to live in Amsterdam (Noord-Holland). The other large concentrations of members was found in Zuid-Holland (4 members in The Hague, 8 members in Rotterdam and one in Katwijt). No single member claimed to live in the northern regions of the country with the regions of Drenthe, Groningen, Friesland and Flevoland with no recorded cases of Axeman infestation.

Luxembourg certainly a surprise with 27 members found purporting to live in the city of Luxembourg. Two in Echternach and one in both Bettendorf and Nigmegen.

In Belgium 27 members were found spread across the country. Only one member located in the southern half of the country in the Walloon Region. Nine located in the city of Brussels. 17 members located in the Flemish Region (9 residing in Antwerp, 2 in Brugge and the others scattered around)

PS: The %’s in the graph I suspect may add up to above 100% due to rounding up. 1 member = 0.8% but was recorded on the map as 1%

Dozens of Nigerian Mafia Arrested in Europe-Wide Operation



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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