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Italy: Migrant recounts alleged axe attack after refusing to join mafia gang *EXCLUSIVE*01:28

Italy: Migrant recounts alleged axe attack after refusing to join mafia gang *EXCLUSIVE*

Italy, Palermo
July 3, 2017 at 17:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

A Nigerian migrant recounted an alleged brutal experience of being assaulted with a bottle and an axe after refusing to join a Sicilian gang, from Palermo, Monday.

Don Emeka noted that "they [the mafia gang] called me to join them for violence or oppression in Palermo. So I told them, 'I do not live that kind of life,'" after which he said his phone was allegedly confiscated and his head was "hit" with a bottle and cut with an axe. Footage captured Emeka demonstrating scars on his forehead and forearms, which he said were the result of being attacked by a suspected 'Black Axe' gang member.

Commenting on the situation, local journalist Francesco Bellina stated that "there is a relationship" between the Sicilian Mafia, also known as the Cosa Nostra, and the Nigerian migrant gang 'Black Axe', which he said "are using also migrants, specifically Nigerian migrants."

As African refugees continue to settle in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean, dozens of migrants are allegedly forced to engage in illegal drug trafficking.

Italy: Migrant recounts alleged axe attack after refusing to join mafia gang *EXCLUSIVE*01:28
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A Nigerian migrant recounted an alleged brutal experience of being assaulted with a bottle and an axe after refusing to join a Sicilian gang, from Palermo, Monday.

Don Emeka noted that "they [the mafia gang] called me to join them for violence or oppression in Palermo. So I told them, 'I do not live that kind of life,'" after which he said his phone was allegedly confiscated and his head was "hit" with a bottle and cut with an axe. Footage captured Emeka demonstrating scars on his forehead and forearms, which he said were the result of being attacked by a suspected 'Black Axe' gang member.

Commenting on the situation, local journalist Francesco Bellina stated that "there is a relationship" between the Sicilian Mafia, also known as the Cosa Nostra, and the Nigerian migrant gang 'Black Axe', which he said "are using also migrants, specifically Nigerian migrants."

As African refugees continue to settle in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean, dozens of migrants are allegedly forced to engage in illegal drug trafficking.

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