Federal Intelligence Service warns of Nigerian mafia | TIME ONLINE

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The Federal Intelligence Service (BND) warns against the spread of mafia organizations from Nigeria in Germany. That reports mirror citing a confidential document of the secret service. The entry of Nigerian asylum seekers, who would increasingly come from Italy to the Federal Republic, will lead to a strengthening of the "extremely brutally acting Nigerian structures of organized crime," according to the paper, which refers to their own findings and those of other security agencies.

In Italy, Nigerian groups such as the Supreme Eiye Confraternity or Black Ax have already formed strong structures in recent years. They acted there sometimes "at eye level" with the local mafia. Italian and Spanish authorities considered the Nigerian gangs a particular threat.

According to the BND, Nigerian traffickers are now attempting to bring refugees to Europe via the West Mediterranean route. However, more and more papers from Nigerian nationals who are already in Europe would also be used to infiltrate similar-looking people by plane.

According to the report, more than 10,000 Nigerians applied for asylum in Germany last year in 2018. This corresponds to an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. Experts from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) and the Federal Police attribute this development primarily to the so-called secondary migration within Europe. Many Nigerian refugees from Italy, where more than 100,000 people are now registered from the African country, move on to other EU states. One of their main destination countries is Germany. Out among the migrants Nigeria According to the BND report, there are a lot of victims of traffickers, it said. Especially women are sexually exploited and forced into prostitution to pay for their smugglers.

The oil-rich Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, yet the majority of the population lives in extreme poverty. The average life expectancy is 53 years.

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