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TRENDING: Adams Oshiomole, Julius Ihonvbere, other Nigerian Politicians mentioned as allies to Black Axe Cult in revealing documentary by BBC Africa Eye on the atrocities committed by Nigeria's deadliest secret cult, Black Axe

A revealing documentary on the atrocities of Nigeria's deadliest secret cult Black Axe which was released on Monday, 13th December, 2021 by BBC Africa Eye has hit the internet.

The film carried reports of how the Black Axe Cult committed several atrocities ranging from brutal killings, cyber crimes and even got involved in Nigeria's political system with more references Benin - Edo state.

The investigation carried out also revealed how Nigerian Police partner with the cultists to perpetrate crimes.

In the video, Well-known men in governance in Edo State and a member of the APC have been called out for being part of cultist group responsible for murders in Nigeria, and multi-million dollars internet fraud world-wide

The investigation examined various documents in a thousand numbers allegedly hacked from top Black Axe members, unfolded that a 2019 APC Party candidate for political office, Augustus Bemigho, was at one point a leader of the Black Axe fraternity and that he had been involved in internet scams, scamming people in the UK and USA of huge sums.  

In order to “protect votes” and secure victory during governorship elections in Edo State in 2012, other documents seen by the BBC   suggest 35 million naira was funnelled to an organisation called the Neo Black Movement of Africa (NBM) The documents suggest NBM were given 80 roles in government in exchange. 

Tony Kabaka, a notorious youth leader for the APC in Benin, told the BBC in an interview that “most politicians” in Edo State, which is currently under the PDP governorship of Godwin Obaseki, are cultists. 

                Tony Kabaka with Police officer

“If you ask me to identify Black Axe members in government, I will identify,” he said. “Stakeholders, senior stakeholders are cultists.”
Black Axe is outlawed in all universities in Nigeria but its members still hold clandestine meetings and initiate new members in schools and across the country. They are involved in mass killings, armed robbery, kidnapping and internet fraud – and have spread around the world. It is considered a cultist group per the Nigerian constitution. 

The NBM is a registered company in Nigeria, with a black axe as its logo and thousands of members, who call themselves “Aye Axemen.” It claims to be a charitable organisation – donating to schools, prisons and the police. But international law enforcement agencies have repeatedly linked the NBM with Black Axe. 

Statements by the US Department of Justice say that the NBM is a “criminal organisation” and “part of the Black Axe.” Authorities in Canada have also said NBM and Black Axe “are the same.”

In September 2021, in a joint operation against Black Axe by the FBI in the US and South Africa resulted in the arrest of 35 members of the NBM, who were charged with multi-million dollar internet fraud. 

The NBM strongly deny they are anything to do with Black Axe and are adamant they are a legitimate and peaceful organisation. They said in a statement that they have suspended all of their arrested members.  

The latest BBC Africa Eye investigation included interviews with a former member of the Black Axe cult, who says the philanthropic activities of the NBM are cover for Black Axe.

Dr. John Stone, a university lecturer and former Axeman, claims that both organizations are “one and the same.” He describes NBM as “formality to cover the informalities” of the cult.    
A second interview with an anti-fraud activist, a European man who uses the pseudonym Uche Tobias, corroborated this view. Tobias was the source of the thousands of secret documents seen by the BBC and claims he has been investigating the activities of both the Black Axe and NMB for years.

“The Neo Black Movement as an organization is just a charade,” said Tobias. He claims it is a smokescreen for “what they really are, which is a mafia.”

During an interview with the BBC, legal representatives of the NBM said they would expel any Black Axe members “immediately” if they were found inside their organisation. They deny the allegations of Tobias and Dr Stone. 

Many of the findings in the BBC investigation will come as no surprise to Nigerians, who have long speculated that politicians work with cultists. The investigation, which aired in the form of a documentary, also showed the impact Black Axe is having on society – following vigilante groups as they fight to rid their communities of the fraternity. It went on to establish how Black Axe is both a national and an international eyesore.

Black Axe members interviewed for the film believe they are fighting against oppression but to the victims of their brutality, they are the oppressors terrorizing their communities. 

“We are freedom fighters,” one of the masked cultists said. “We do violence and we kill but for justice. We do not kill the innocent. We are brothers. We are one.”

This is far from the reality for families who have had their loved ones maimed and killed by the cultist groups. Clashes between rival cults not only leave trails of casualties within the membership of the groups, innocent residents become victims as well.

“There is not two or three months; there must be a cult war,” one of the local vigilantes told the Africa Eye reporter. “When you wake up in the morning, you see a dead body by the roadside.” 

Ninety percent of killings by the cult groups are not reported, according to the Nigeria Police in Anambra State. Cultist attacks are rife in Nigeria and many are alleged to have links with the governments who use them as political thugs during elections and to fight opponents. 

Among prominent Nigerian Politicians mentioned are Former Edo Governor Adams Oshiomole; As it was also revealed that He helped a black Axe leader in Benin become a multi millionaire.

Also a serving member of the House of Reps representing Owan Federal Constituency Prof. Julius Ihonvbere was also called out by Kabaka.
.                           Prof. Ihonvbere

A member of the Black Axe Cult in the Documentary while trying to affirm the report said

"All these politicians sef, we dey run package for them. Some buy us cars.. expensive cars...two to three expensive cars..they dey our side Incase problem burst. Na that thing sef dey give us confidence to dey do dey do dey do .."

The video has hit almost 500,000 views in less than 24 hours.

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