You know it's bad when the Italian authorities are going after Nigerian cults instead of focusing on traditional Italian mafia organizations.
Nigerian Universities are plagued by various male and female cults. These organizations are primarily characterized by their violence. Their activities have clearly expanded beyond the shores of Nigeria as Italian authorities arrested 5 Nigerian men in various Italian cities for their participation in the Eiye Confraternity.
The Eiye cult members will be charged with running drug, extortion and prostitution rings and running a credit card scam.
According to Italian authorities,
“The operation started after the Nigerian government warned us that several gang members had left Africa and spread into Europe. Other members of this gang are active in the UK, in particular, where they can get fake passports,”"The ... members would mix the blood with water and everyone in the gang would drink it,”
"We found several machetes and axes, some of which had been used to hack off people’s arms..."
When will the madness stop? I know that Nigerian authorities in various states have put in place laws to catch and severely punish cult members but I do not believe that those laws are properly enforced. I also believe that cults are used as the violent arm of many politicians especially during election time. Therefore, we have a situation where instead of cults diminishing in power and popularity, their strength and 'value' is increasing in a society where many things are on its head. I am happy that the Nigerian government assisted the Italians in shutting down this operation, God knows I am tired of hearing about illegal activities tied to some Nigerians. However, I implore that same government to put more effort into destroying the hold that violent cults have on existence in most institutions of higher learning.
Feel free to read this very interesting article which includes an interview of 2 UNIBEN cult members from 2006.
Also, read the current reactions to this story from Western individuals here.