The recent Gardai raids on the Nigerian international criminal organization known as “Black AXE” gang across a number of locations in Ireland, have added to concerns about the country’s lax border controls and background checks for those coming to reside here.
The raids conducted in Ireland were part of a larger international operation and coincided with raids in 21 other countries, all overseen by Interpol as a part of what was called ‘Operation Jackal’.
The Black Axe gang have laundered more than €65 million through Irish accounts over the last five years the Irish Sun reported.
Since approximately 2000, Ireland has attracted thousands of migrants from Nigeria, something which put significant strain on Ireland’s social protection system, particularly social housing but issues around integration have also become apparent.
Gangs of Nigerian youth, many born in Ireland, have terrorised parts of North Dublin, Louth, and Meath in recent years, as well as other parts of the country often posting videos of their exploits on social media.
With revelations of such a massive and dangerous Nigerian criminal organisation utilising Ireland as a base of operations, concerns about the kind of subculture developing amongst the Nigerian community in Ireland are likely to intensify.
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