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Cultist: Black Axe leader arrested in Cape Town

In early morning raids in Cape Town on Tuesday, alleged leaders of a massive multinational Nigerian syndicate known as the Black Axe were apprehended.

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Six leaders of the Black Axe organized criminal group’s Cape Town chapter were arrested, according to TimesLIVE, in a coordinated operation combining the Hawks and US law enforcement officials.

A seventh member of the group, who is not a member of the organization’s leadership, was also detained. In a separate but connected case, an eighth person alleged to be affiliated with the Black Axe organization was apprehended.

According to TimesLIVE sources, the creator of the Black Axe “Cape Town Zone” was among those arrested.

Hundreds of thousands of “romance scams” are thought to be perpetrated by the gang. Members of the organization allegedly used dating services to meet older men and women from all over the world who were either widowed or divorced, then defrauded them of their money.

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The Sunday Times previously reported on the group’s victims in South Africa, some of whom had their life savings and even their pensions swindled out of them.

The Black Axe members detained in the early hours of Tuesday are also accused of utilizing a corporate email breach scam to defraud firms out of millions of rand.

The frauds are sophisticated, with members from a well-organized Nigerian syndicate working primarily out of the Table View area on Cape Town’s west coast, posing as wealthy retirees looking for love.

The mafia-style organization that began on university campuses in Nigeria in the 1970s is referred to as the Neo-Black Movement of Africa.

Black Axe positioned itself as a global organization dedicated to the emancipation of black people. However, after becoming associated with criminal behavior around the world, it was quickly labeled a cult and outlawed under Nigerian law.

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According to law enforcement authorities, the Black Axe has a considerable presence in South Africa. Members frequently marry South Africans in order to obtain residency or citizenship, making it simpler to travel to nations such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

The organization is also well-known in Italy, where authorities arrested several members earlier this year. The organization is suspected of cooperating with the Camorra, one of the most powerful Italian mafia organizations, in various illegal activities such as drug trafficking.

The group is alleged to work closely with the Camorra, one of the biggest Italian mafia groups, in other illicit activities including the drug trade and human trafficking.

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