Nigerian police investigating a recent kidnapping are hunting for two anti-gay members of the violent Black Axe cult.
A source who informed NoStringsNG about the duo’s alleged criminal activities said they use various social media platforms to lure gay men to different locations where they rob and blackmail them. Both men are armed with guns, the source said.
They are reportedly members of the Black Axe cult, the source said. Black Axe is a secret organization, or confraternity, that has been active as a widespread mutual support network and as a criminal enterprise at least since the 1980s.
Opara and Emmanuel currently operate using two Facebook accounts under the name “Emmy Don,” including fake photos, as well as on Grindr with the username “Felix Emeka Obasi.”
The two men reportedly were arrested and detained sometime in June of this year by the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigeria police in Ikeja in the Lagos area. They were subsequently released, but they have now been declared wanted by the Enugu and Lagos State police Anti-Kidnapping/Cultism unit in connection with a pending case of kidnapping.
Opara reportedly identifies himself sometimes as “Emmanuel Ben.” Together with Emmanuel, they operate at Ikotun, Ikotun Ijegun, and Igando in the Lagos area. Both men are at large.
Members of the public have been encouraged to contact the Enugu state or Lagos state police command should they come in contact with either of them. Gay men are advised to be very careful, especially when in contact with strangers online.
In general, if you are gay and in Nigeria, here are lists of some dangerous places to be wary of, tips for avoiding blackmail and steps to take if you have been blackmailed.
Black Axe is among the most prominent of many Nigerian confraternities, which are secret societies that began as student groups at Nigerian universities.
Born in 1977 at the University of Benin, the Black Axe started out as a benign group with “high-minded,” progressive ideals, like blackism and pan-African unity. They’ve since transformed into violent, criminal enterprises with significant clout in the Nigerian political system and “zones” around the world, experts say.
See the Wikipedia entry about organized crime in Nigeria for further information and links to many other online accounts about about Black Axe and the allegedly related Neo Black Movement:
Most members of the confraternity are involved in fraud and cyber crime. The main reason to join the confraternity is (besides the pressure and intimidation that is applied to students to join) the fact that the confraternity has infiltrated all spheres of Nigerian society and serves the main purpose of helping its members climb the career ladder and going unpunished for their crimes by means of their nepotistic structure.
- I joined Black Axe cult to meet Davido – Suspect confesses (September 2018, Daily Post)
- The Notorious Black Axe Has Put Down Roots in Canada (December 2015, Vice News)
- Nigeria: The Black Axe confraternity, also known as the Neo-Black Movement of Africa, including their rituals, oaths of secrecy, and use of symbols or particular signs; whether they use force to recruit individuals (December 2012, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
- Secret Cult Activities in Institutions of Higher Learning: Lessons from the Nigerian Situations (2009, University of Benin)
Source: Rights Africa