Three Nigerians jailed for laundering £1m to Black Axe leader.
Three siblings jail for laundering and working with the leader of the Nigerian Black Axe gang, Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo,
They have been jail for 16 years after laundering nearly £1m to him in Nigeria through several UK bank accounts.
It was announce by the Crown Prosecution Service its website that Okemiorukaye Nakpodia, 56,
was guilty conspiracy to money launder at Woolwich Crown Court.
Esther Nakpodia, 35, Unuakpotovo Nakpodia, 46, both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
It was confirm that they laundered hundreds of frauds between 2007 and 2015.
Police identified 174 suspicious transactions entering bank accounts.
Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, is the brother-in-law of the three defendants.
Black Axe is a banned organisation in Nigeria and has been link to to decades of murders, rapes, extortion and drug dealing in Nigeria and across the world, with members swearing a ‘blood oath’ to join.
Philip Slough, for the CPS, said: “We were able to show the Nakpodias were talking to Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, the leader of Black Axe, based on conversations found on their devices. They talked about the amounts, and what to do with the funds after they arrived, including how much to keep for themselves.
“This strong evidence confirmed that the Nakpodias had been actively involve for a number of years in a conspiracy,
to launder money which had been stolen by others using phone and email scams.
This prosecution will play a role in starving a dangerous criminal gang of funds and we will seek to recover,
Their proceeds of crime at a later hearing.
Three Nigerians jailed.