NIGERIAN CULT GROUP MEMBERS ARRESTED IN ITAY

Operatives of the Italian Police Force known as Polizia di Stato have arrested no fewer than 15 Nigerians and members of the ‘Eiye’ confraternity. In an operation dubbed “Pesha” which ended Tuesday morning, the members of the gang were also accused of intimidating young girls into prostitution, money laundering, amongst others. In a statement on Tuesday, the Italian Police Force said members of the ‘Eiye’ cult, which had roots in Nigeria, have a series of international contacts in France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and other European countries. Eiye is a mythological…

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CORONAVIRUS: NO RESPITE FOR ITALY AS DEATH TOLL FOR TUESDAY CLIMBS TO 743

The coronavirus epidemic in Italy is far from easing as fatalities surged in the last 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday. The death toll rose by 743. It was the second highest daily tally since the outbreak emerged in northern regions on Feb. 21. It was also higher than the 602 recorded on Monday. Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with latest figures showing that 6,820 people have died from the infection in barely a month. On Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases…

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CORONAVIRUS: ITALY DEATH TOLL REACH 4000 AFTER 627 DIED IN ONE DAY

Italy on Friday reported a record 627 new deaths from the novel coronavirus and saw its world-leading toll surpass 4,000 despite government efforts to stem the pandemic’s spread. The Mediterranean country’s daily death rate is now higher than that officially reported by China at the peak of its outbreak around Wuhan’s Hubei province. Italy’s previous one-day record death toll was 475 on Wednesday. Italy has seen more than 1,500 fatalities from COVID-19 in the past three days alone. It has now recorded the five highest one-day tolls officially registered around…

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ITALY HIT BY NEW 368CORONAVIRUS DEATHS, HOSPITALS IN CRISIS

Italy on Sunday reported a one-day record death toll and leaders warned of a bed and artificial respirator shortage in the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. Official data showed the number of fatalities shooting up by 368 to 1,809 — more than half of all the cases recorded outside China. The Vatican took the drastic step of cancelling Easter week celebrations that were set to begin on April 5 as the country of 60 million braced for an extended crisis. Only occasional joggers and a few locals carrying grocery…

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CORONAVIRUS: ITALY SUSPENDS SERIA A, ALL SPORTS ACTIVITIES

All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, the country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced. This includes Serie A but not Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. Serie A – Italy’s top flight – had already said all games would be played behind closed doors until 3 April. Giuseppe Conte extended a series of strict quarantine measures, including a ban on public gatherings, to all of Italy. Earlier, Italy’s Olympic committee (CONI) recommended the move to suspend all sport…

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CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL IN ITALY RISES TO 232, SPORTS MINISTER CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SERIE A

The Minister for Sport and Youth Policies Vincenzo Spadafora participates in the Visionary Days, on the stage of the OGR of Turin. AFP Italy’s Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday called for an immediate suspension of the Serie A season due to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed 233 people in the Mediterranean country. “The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) should consider immediately STOPPING Serie A,” Spadafora wrote in a statement on his Facebook page. “It makes no sense right now, as we ask citizens to make enormous sacrifices to prevent…

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CORONAVIRUS TRAGEDY: ITALY SET TO QUARANTINE 16MILLION PEOPLE IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY AS DEATH TOLL INCREASES

Italy is set to lock down at least 16 million people in the region of Lombardy and in 11 other provinces in the north and east of the country. The mandatory quarantine will last until early April. The dramatic escalation in the country’s efforts to contain the new deadly coronavirus will close gyms, pools, museums and ski resorts. Italy is Europe’s worst-hit country and reported a steep rise in virus infections on Saturday. The new measures, which also apply to financial centre Milan and tourist hotspot Venice, could take effect…

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ITALY SHUTS ALL SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES OVER CORONAVIRUS

Italy’s government announced it will temporarily close the nation’s schools and universities, according to local media, as the authorities struggle to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The closure will come into effect from Thursday and will last until mid-March. Earlier on Wednesday, Italy had the dubious honor of being the worst-affected country from the coronavirus outside Asia, having overtaken Iran in terms of the number of deaths and infections from the virus. The death toll in Italy jumped to 79 on Tuesday, up from an official total of 52…

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2 NIGERIAN SEX TRAFFICKING AND DRUG GANGS BURSTED IN ITALY, 32 ARRESTED

*49 Nigerians under surveillance A Nigerian Mafia gang member arrested by Italian police on Tuesday Two Nigerian mafia clans operating in Italy and abroad to traffic and sell Nigerian women into sex slavery and prostitution have been busted by Italian police. In a massive operation on Tuesday, some 32 people were arrested in Puglia, Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto and, abroad, in Germany, France, Netherlands and Malta. The report by ANSA, Italian news agency did not indicate whether the 32 are all Nigerians and whether there…

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INSIDE NIGERIA MAFIA GANG IN ITALY, THE MAPHITE

File photo: Nigerian mafia gang leaders arrested in Italy The Italian police have given graphic details of how a Nigerian-made Mafia, code named MAPHITE operated before the latest crackdown with the arrest of its major leaders. MAPHITE as a mob group like the Italian mafia is involved in drugs business. But unlike the Italian mafia, it is also involved in sex trafficking and prostitution rings. The inside details came in 
a two-year probe — aided significantly by a man on the inside who briefed investigators and allowed them to destroy…

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