A cult group with Nigerian origins has been busted by the Italian police following a sting operation dubbed ‘Operation Pesha’ in Italy.
At the end of the operation on Tuesday morning, the police arrested 15 members of the Eiye Confraternity who happened to be Nigerians.
According to the police, members of the cult group engaged in forced prostitution, and money laundering.
The police said further that the group which has its roots and origins in Nigeria have international connection that spanned across Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Nigeria and Italy.
It was said that the activities of the cult group was revealed after an aggrieved member made a confession to Italian Police.
A statement released by the Italian police read;
“The 15 people detained by order of the L’Aquila District Anti-Mafia Directorate are of Nigerian nationality.
“All those arrested belong to the “Pesha” cell which had its influence on the entire Adriatic coastal area from Teramo to Ancona.
“The number of crimes committed by members of the mafia organization is impressive: money laundering and illegal financial intermediation towards Nigeria; trafficking in young women sexually exploited along the Bonifica del Tronto road and subjected to violence and harassment; drug supply; violent crimes against members of other groups or punitive towards other compatriots.”
The arrested cult members are being detained in Teramo, waiting to be prosecuted.