Nigerian police in Lagos and Enugu are reportedly looking for two anti-gay members of the violent Black Axe cult in connection with a recent kidnapping.
The alleged criminals Chidebere Michael Opara and Oluwaseun Emmanuel, who are suspected members of Black Axe, a dreaded Nigerian criminal network, are said to have engaged in kidnapping, blackmail and extortion of people including gay men in Nigeria.
A source who informed NoStringsNG about the duo’s alleged criminal activities said they use various social media platforms to lure gay men to different locations where they rob and blackmail them. Both men are armed with guns, the source said.
They are reportedly members of the Black Axe cult, the source said. Black Axe is a secret organization, or confraternity, that has been active as a widespread mutual support network and as a criminal enterprise at least since the 1980’s.
Opara and Emmanuel currently operate using two Facebook accounts under the name “Emmy Don,” including fake photos, as well as on Grindr with the username “Felix Emeka Obasi.”
The two men reportedly were arrested and detained sometime in June of this year by the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigeria police in Ikeja in the Lagos area. They were subsequently released, but they have now been declared wanted by the Enugu and Lagos State police Anti-Kidnapping/Cultism unit in connection with a pending case of kidnapping.
Opara reportedly identifies himself sometimes as “Emmanuel Ben.” Together with Emmanuel, they operate at Ikotun, Ikotun Ijegun, and Igando in the Lagos area. Both men are at large.
Members of the public have been encouraged to contact the Enugu state or Lagos state police command should they come in contact with either of them. Gay men are advised to be very careful, especially when in contact with strangers online.
In general, if you are gay and in Nigeria, here are lists of some dangerous places to be wary of, tips for avoiding blackmail and steps to take if you have been blackmailed.
Black Axe is among the most prominent of many Nigerian confraternities, which are secret societies that began as student groups at Nigerian universities.