The Italian police have arrested 30 Nigerians suspected to be members of the Black Axe cult group across 14 provinces in the country.
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Reuters quoted the Italian police as saying suspects face almost 100 charges, including mafia association, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, prostitution and internet fraud. It added that most of the suspected crimes were committed on the internet, alleging that Bitcoins were used on the dark web to purchase cloned credit cards, which were then used for online shopping.
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“There is evidence that the members had a direct connection with the Nigerian gang, drawing on the same vocabulary, symbols and affiliation rituals,” the Italian police was quoted to have said.