DAILYKENN.com -- Black Ax, a Nigerian crime syndicate operating in Sweden, is accused of forcing women into prostitution. The fake feminist "movement" seems unmoved.
Adherents to cultural Marxism's cult-like mindset remain psychologically bound to the dogma that "everyone is welcome" when referring to non-white "immigrants".
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The difference between them and other similar networks from Nigeria is that Black Ax is more modern in its way of working. They use technology to avoid police and they can legislate and adapt human trafficking to it, says Andrea, operations manager for Talita in Gothenburg.
SVT News West has been in contact with the police department for trafficking in human beings, which states that lately they have focused mostly on other types of trafficking than prostitution, and that they are therefore not aware of how established Black Ax is in Gothenburg.
"Don't know what organization they really work for"
The organization Talita does not want to state exactly how many women you have been in contact with who should have been part of the Black Ax, but Andrea's head of operations Andrea wants to point out that the number of blacks can be large.
- Very few of the women from Nigeria dare to talk about their traffickers at all. And many are so far down the hierarchy that they don't know what organization they really work for, she says.
According to Black Ax's own constitution, it is forbidden to say that you belong to the organization.
In the big drug deal where prosecutors this week brought charges against 15 people, there were a number of people connected to the Black Ax. But now the Customs Crime Unit in Gothenburg states that the organization is still operating in Gothenburg.
- We have evidence that there are people living in Gothenburg who belong to the Black Ax. It is people who control and pose and organize both drug smuggling and other crimes, says Pär Eriksson, investigator at the Customs Crime Unit in Gothenburg.
SVT: Why haven't they been prosecuted?
- It is important to be able to prove the participation in these crimes that we have conducted a preliminary investigation, and we have not come all the way there.
It is the Customs Administration that has led the work on the major drug addiction, which has therefore focused mostly on the drug. The police must have received information from the Customs Administration that may lead to new investigations. Deputy Chief of the Customs Crime Unit in Gothenburg, Gill Eriksson does not want to go into what information has been passed on.
- But it is always the case that we have the opportunity to pass on information that we think is of interest to the police.
More violent than what has emerged
During the week, several media outlets reported that Black Ax is not very violent in Sweden, but that people are often threatened with violence against people's family members in Nigeria. However, the Talita organization states that women whom it has helped have been subjected to serious violence.
"Some have had knife scars on the body, and have been subjected to torture," says Andrea and continues:
- One thing that applies to the vast majority of women we have received from Nigeria is that they have received a curse on them which makes them very afraid to leave the human trafficking.
Started as a student association
Black Ax has become known for using so-called jujju, black magic, to force people into submission. But the organization started as a student association at Benin university in southern Nigeria in the 70s. The idea then was to promote the plight of blacks and fight for the freedom of African people from neo-colonialism. But over the years, the organization has become increasingly violent and, according to information in Nigerian media, has been linked to a series of murders and other violent incidents in Nigeria.
Now, the Black Ax is found in many places in the world and they have become known for engaging in drug smuggling, human trafficking, fraud and money laundering, according to the Customs Crime Unit.
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The Neo-Black Movement of Africa, from which the Black Axe emerged, appeared on Nigerian campuses in the Seventies as an emancipatory Black Power movement, and its anticolonial, pan-African message soon captured the imaginations of thousands of young men. Nigerian fraternities had existed since the Fifties, but the N.B.M. founders believed such groups had descended into empty sloganeering. Inspired by America’s Black Panther Party, the N.B.M. chose a more militant path. Its logo was an axe smashing the shackles of a slave, and its colors were black (for blackness), white (for peace), and yellow (for intellect). It produced a stringent code of conduct and a quarterly magazine filled with self-help, poetry, and agitprop, called the Black Axe. Benin City was the movement’s spiritual home, its “mother temple.” Historically called Edo, the city was the center of a great kingdom for centuries until 1897, when British troops massacred hundreds, looted priceless artworks, and banished the oba, or king, whom citizens worshipped as a demigod.
On July 7, 1977, nine students at the University of Benin, on the edge of the oil-rich Niger Delta, founded the N.B.M.’s first chapter. They pledged to purge Africa of racism and oppression and to promote research into traditional culture, including juju, a religion based on spiritual contagion through physical contact, whose practitioners imbue objects with divine power. The nine students called their philosophy “Neo-Blackism.” “Our organization was going to be the vanguard in the move to create a new black nation,” wrote one of the N.B.M. cofounders. “We were to see ourselves as leaders of all black men world-wide.”
Today, the N.B.M. spans continents, with a self-reported membership of around thirty thousand. The leaders of the N.B.M. claim their group has evolved from a campus fraternity into an international N.G.O. dedicated to “equality and social justice for all.” But many in Nigeria and abroad believe this image to be counterfeit. Law enforcement officials who have investigated the group say that over the past four decades, growing criminality among its members has corrupted the N.B.M., and they believe it is now closely associated—if not synonymous—with the Black Axe, the notorious fraternity that John joined more than a decade ago.
Black Axe–related crime is a staple of Nigerian news. It is one of many “cults,” as fraternities are commonly known in Nigeria. Some dismiss its members as street-level thugs. Others say they are a dangerous illuminati, with prominent members in politics, the military, and law enforcement who pull the strings of Nigerian power and have been linked to criminal activity in Europe and North America. Among the cults, “the Black Axe is one of the most notorious,” said Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian human-rights activist who ran for president earlier this year. Solomon Okoduwa, the leader of an anti-trafficking task force, almost ended our interview when I mentioned the Black Axe by name. “I wouldn’t want to go into that,” he said. “These people, they’re dangerous. They are everywhere.”
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