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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Nigerians Arrested In Italy For Cultism, Human Trafficking

Over 15 Nigerians and members of the ‘Eiye’ confraternity have been arrested by the Operatives of the Italian Police Force dubbed Polizia di Stato.

Members of the gang who were also accused of intimidating young girls into prostitution, money laundering, amongst others were arrested in a daring pre-dawn raid christened “Pesha” by the Italian police which ended on Tuesday.

The Italian Police Force said members of the ‘Eiye’ cult, which had roots in Nigeria, have wide spread international contacts in France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and other European countries.

Eiye is believed to a mythological bird of the Nigerian tradition and members of the cult tend to identify with it and once a new member is recruited and initiated into the fold, it is almost impossible to exit without huge price.

The Italian Police, The Daily Crucible learnt  got wind of their activities through aggrieved members.

It was learnt the aggrieved members hurting from brutality met out to them after violating some of the codes of the cult, gave the group away.

The Operation Pesha officers were thus deployed to the suspects’ hideout and coven where they arrested 15 of them while four others are at large.

The statement read in part, “The 15 people detained by order of the L’Aquila District Anti-Mafia Directorate are of Nigerian nationality.

“All those arrested belong to the “Pesha” cell which had its influence on the entire Adriatic coastal area from Teramo to Ancona.

“The number of crimes committed by members of the mafia organization is impressive: money laundering and illegal financial intermediation towards Nigeria; trafficking in young women sexually exploited along the Bonifica del Tronto road and subjected to violence and harassment; drug supply; violent crimes against members of other groups or punitive towards other compatriots.”

The Police said the suspects have been detained at its headquarters in Teramo and would be prosecuted.

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