Connect with us

Lifestyle

Top 5 gangs that have terrorized Nigerians

Published

on


google_ad_client = “ca-pub-7823325978435516”;
google_ad_host = “pub-1556223355139109”;
google_ad_slot = “7893254985”;
google_ad_width = 300;
google_ad_height = 250;

Nigerian gangs have a reputation that is taught in university halls in the United States, but at home, they are remembered for bloodshed and heavy violence. When Nigerian gangs are mentioned, the infamous campus cults first come to mind. Sadly, violent gangs have formed outside the university, in streets and close-knit communities.

Some of these groups have gone almost as swiftly as they came, while others have terrorised entire towns and cities and inspired the creation of vigilante groups to curb their excesses.

Here are 5 gangs and cults that have terrorised Nigerians

(1) Badoo:

The ritual group is perhaps the most infamous on this list. Over the last one year or so, the group has terrorised the residents of Ikorodu.
Their extremely fetish practices are most alarming. Its members break into homes or places of worship and savagely murder anyone in their sight by splitting their heads open with pestles.
Badoo herbalist, Fatai Adebayo was arrested following a confession given by a cult member earlier apprehended.play

Badoo herbalist, Fatai Adebayo was arrested following a confession given by a cult member earlier apprehended.

 (Vanguard News)

According to members who have been caught, a small handkerchief is doused in the victims’ blood. On some occasions, body parts are severed. After a long spree of unchecked violence, security agencies have turned the heat up on the group.
Several members have been apprehended since the year began; a herbalist and a sponsor of the group are also in custody.

(2) Icelanders:

Nigeria’s south-south has an unsavoury reputation for deep-rooted cultism. The phenomenon has seeped from the universities into everyday life; campus cults in places like Benin and PortHarcourt have street cells and offshoots in residential communities where kids are recruited from a very young age.
playMembers of the Icelanders and Dewell cults paraded by the Rivers State Police Command. (Linda Ikeji’s Blog)
In other circumstances, it is hardened criminals or older persons with the potential and desperation to lead a life of crime who are recruited.
The Icelanders were created in this mould. the group is an offshoot of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity.
It was created after the fraternity first tried their hands with Dewell, a similar group to limited success. Since its inception, the Icelanders have terrorised residents of Port Harcourt and areas where oil wealth is vastly segregated.
The group engages in paid murder, kidnappings, oil bunkering and similar activities. Members of the group have always been at the forefront of the Niger Delta militancy.
Ateke Tom, for instance, one of the leaders of the group, is also one of the leaders of MEND.

(3) Outlaws:

The Outlaws is another product of the South-South, and Rivers in particular. The group split from the Icelanders in the early 2000s after a power tussle between leaders in the group.
playMembers of various Rivers-based cult group display weapons surrended by their groups and fellow militants. (Action against Armed Violence)
No sooner had they become a separate entity than they began to affirm their presence with waves of extreme violence. Like their parent group, the outlaws are heavily involved in kidnappings, oil bunkering, assassinations and political brigandage.
However, over a decade, the outlaws have built a reputation for clashing with the police, with heavy fatalities. Their most infamous attack happened in February 2007.
The group subdued a barrage of police officers while entering into cells and breaking out one of its leaders and over 124 suspects.

(4) One Million Boys:

One of the most saddening aspects of street violence in Nigeria is how young boys have become involved, forming armed groups.
One of such is One Million Boys, the code-name of a gang known for its notorious robbery activities around Lagos and surrounding towns.
playMembers of the One Million Boys gang arrested by the Nigerian Police. (Nigerian Newspapers)
The group was reportedly formed in Ajegunle by a group of about 20 boys who sought to “represent” their communities. At some point, the group’s objectives moved to robbery activities, rape and maiming.
At the group’s height, it was so well-known and feared that many clamoured for them to be called to justice. A movie titled “1 Million Boyz” was released in 2014 based on their activities.
On October 9, 2012, about 130 suspected members of the group were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command during a raid around Apapa and Ajegunle. This raid signalled the beginning of the group’s end.

(5) Philistines:

Somolu and Bariga are two communities that are immensely familiar with gang violence. However, in 2015, they had to deal with a new threat.
A gang of young boys, with ages ranging from 14 to 19 years of age began to terrorise the communities. Residents believe the group formed in Angus Comprehensive High School and Somolu High School on the basis of street loyalty.
Where physical force failed them, the group moved found strength in numbers. The boys operated by parading the streets at night in groups of up to 50 at a time.
Unfortunate passers-by would be robbed, raped and waylay-ed, often with very severe injuries. After the group became a menace, the Police stepped in.
Some of the boys were killed during confrontations with the police, others were arrested. The group has since gone silent, although other boys have moved on to other groups.
Written by Segun Akande

Advertisement

Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Lifestyle

L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

Published

on

By

A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Lifestyle

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

Published

on

By

A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Lifestyle

“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

Published

on

By

Reno Omokri Nuggets

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Trending