In a sweeping operation in two Italian cities, police arrested 74 members of the Nigerian mafia, together with the alleged chief, 50-year-old Emmanuel “Boogye” Okenwe, the Italian information company ANSA reported.
Some 200 officers focused Boogye’s gang final week within the cities of Turin and Ferarra. The self-styled “King of Ferrara” headed the gang generally known as the ‘Arobaga Vikings’ or ‘Norsemen Kclub Worldwide.’
Turin has been the middle of the Nigerian mafia in Italy for over a decade, Sergio Nazzaro, an Italian journalist, author and adviser to the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Fee, advised the OCCRP on Tuesday.
Nazzaro not too long ago revealed a e book on Nigerian felony organizations which have established a robust foothold in Italy. In some areas these teams have even grown sturdy sufficient to muscle out native Italian crime teams, just like the Camorra, Ndranghetta and Cosa Nostra.
Nonetheless, in northern Italy, the nation’s financial and industrial powerhouse, the Nigerian mafia typically controls the day-to-day road crimes, whereas the extra established Italian teams have their fingers busy with bigger scale corruption and white collar crime.
Boogye’s gang, The Vikings, have been identified for dealing primarily with prostitition and drug trafficking.
Aside from Turin or Ferarra, they’ve established a large community, with particular person cells, generally known as “decks” in cities throughout the nation.
Gianluca Petragnani Gelosi, a preliminary investigations choose in Bologna, stated the Vikings’ objective was to develop their territory by “violently annihilating” different Nigerian crime outfits and taking on their turf.
Whereas there may be organized crime in Nigeria, Nazzaro defined that Nigerian mafia is a uniquely Italian phenomenon.
“There have been felony teams or cults in Nigeria, however they turned mafias right here in Italy,” Nazzaro stated. “They bought to know our felony organizations right here and commenced to maneuver as mafia teams do. They’d a trainer, an excellent one, our personal mafias.”