The Italian police have confirmed the arrest of 15 Nigerians said to members of the “Eiye” confraternity in a raid dubbed “Pesha”. The raid took place on Tuesday, July 21.
The Italian Polizia in its official statement noted that the “Eiye” Nigerian cultists which had its roots in Nigeria with an international network ranging from France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and other European countries, were found out after a tip-off by a disgruntled member of the group who was brutalised after violating some of the Cult’s codes.
The statement partly read;
“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 suspects are currently being detained at the police headquarters in Teramo and would be prosecuted.
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