Not less than 15 Nigerians and members of a cult group known as ‘Eiye’ confraternity have been arrested by security operatives of the Italian Police Force known as Polizia di Stato in an operation dubbed “Pesha” which ended Tuesday morning.
In line with media reports, the members of the gang were also accused of intimidating young girls into prostitution, money laundering, amongst others.
The Italian Police Force in an official statement noted that the members of the ‘Eiye’ cult, which had roots in Nigeria, have a series of international contacts in France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and other European countries.
The police had got a tip-off from a disgruntled member of the group who was brutalised after violating some of the codes of the cult.
The Operation Pesha officers were thus deployed to the suspects’ hideout and coven where they arrested 15 of them while four others are at large.
The statement read in part, “The 15 people detained by order of the L’Aquila District Anti-Mafia Directorate are of Nigerian nationality.
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