Badoo Strikes Again, Kills Mother, Two Children In Lagos

The dreaded Badoo cultist gang have yet again struck in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.

The cultists killed with a stone, a mother and her two children who were inside a church.

Confirming the attack on Tuesday, Lagos State Police command said that it had arrested two suspects in connection with the killing that was carried out in a church’s premises.

Addressing reporters, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, confirmed the arrest, saying that the incident happened at Temu village in Ikosi Ejirin Local Council Development Area of the state.

While the police boss said that two persons were killed in the attack, residents told newsmen that a mother and her two children were killed in the incident.

Edgal said, “It is a clear case of murder. The landlady has been arrested and an Okada rider has been arrested.

“One of the victims watched television throughout the night with one of the suspects in our custody.

“It has nothing to do with ritual killing as speculated.”

The CP said that investigation had commenced into the killings.

Residents of the community said a woman and her two children were killed by suspected “Badoo” cultists at about 2 am on Monday.

They explained further that the criminals scaled the fence and killed the woman identified as Iyabo; her 4-year-old son David and her daughter, Rachael, 8, with stones while sleeping, a trademark of the badoo group.

It was further learnt that policemen from Agbowa Police Division had evacuated the corpses to the mortuary.

500 Youths Renounce Cultism In Ikorodu, Arms Recovered

Over 500 youths in Ijede town of Ikorodu, Lagos State, renounced their membership of different cult groups and surrendered their weapons to the Lagos State police boss, Imohimi Edgal, who vowed to profile them and put them under close watch.

 

Some of the weapons submitted to police were AK 47 rifles, pomp action rifles, locally-made pistols, AK 47 magazines, axes and cutlasses. Those who gave up their arms were youths whose ages are between 17 and 35. Leader of Eiye cult in Ijede, Olanrewaju Adesoye, said they were tired of being chased about and needed peace of mind.

 

“I was the number one man of Eiye. My journey to cultism started from power tussle over boundary issue, but the crisis that followed was not what we bargained for. My appreciation goes to the local government chairman who pioneered this move. We had made up our minds to renounce our membership for a long time but we feared we would be arrested,” he said.

 

Abdulazeez Densi, a leader of KK cult group, noted that he decided to give up his membership for safety of his life and community. “The crisis is becoming too much. I am tired and I want to be safe. I also want peace to reign in my community.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who received the weapons on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), said the event marks a new beginning in the history of the area, pointing out that the act was a boost to his much clamoured police public partnership. He urged other local council chairmen to emulate the actions of the Ijede council boss, Salisu Fatiu Jimoh, for pioneering the move.

 

“Ijede has set the pace for other communities in Lagos. I am, therefore, calling on chairmen of local governments in the state to be at the centre of championing this initiative. They should talk to the youths to shun cultism and drug abuse. We want to stamp out cultism and drug abuse in Lagos State. On behalf of the IGP and AIG Zone 2, I receive these arms for onward transfer to the Lagos State Command armory.”

 

He directed the Divisional Police Officer, Ijede to commence profiling of those that renounced their membership of cult groups as the first step in the process of reintegrating them back into the society.

 

“We would place them on police supervision and monitor their activities. We would also have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with those that championed this cause, in order to ensure they engage them in vocational skills.”

 

How We Stopped Badoo Killings In Ikorodu – Agunbiade

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, has revealed at a constituency stakeholders’ meeting how he mobilised various stakeholders to end the alarming ‘badoo’ ritual killings in Ikorodu through a series of behind the scene measures.

Agunbiade said “We were troubled by Badoo, but we all played a prominent role behind the screen and Badoo killing has stopped forever.

“I also took it upon myself to stop militancy in our community.

“We have continued to improve on our legislative competences and accomplishments over the past two years.

“We have also initiated various legislation effectively addressing challenges such as ritual killings, kidnapping, land grabbing, armed robbery and other crime-related issues,”

Rethinking Internal Security By Alabi Williams

Ikorodu, Lagos has become a regular source of bad news. First, it was the story of riverine militias, who feasted on stolen petrol, courtesy of rusty and unmanned oil pipelines and infrastructure that transport fuel through the communities. For many years, these oil thieves built colonies around places like Arepo and Ibafo, down through the creeks of Ogun, Ondo, Delta and so on. They used the Ikorodu axis as hub to offload stolen fuel and it became booming business. But later, other dimensions of criminality, such as kidnapping were added.

Matters came to a head on June 23, 2016, when communities of Ishawo, Elepete, Muti, Magbon, Ereko, Igbo Olomu and Imushin, which are spread in Lagos and Ogun State, were ransacked in a vicious onslaught by mindless militias, as they were referred to, to the extent that between 20 and 50 persons were reported killed in one attack. A week before that, 15 were killed at Imushin. It became a weekly and weekend attack that left everyone wondering what governments of Lagos and Ogun were up to.

It became an embarrassment to the Federal Government, which was fighting too many ‘wars’ at different locations across the country. The military then promised to deal with the situation around Ikorodu and it was a successful exercise, and locations where oil bunkering thrived were pounded from air, while ground troops completed the mop up.

But of late, the dastardly stories coming from Ikorodu and adjunct communities make one wonder whether this is truly 21st century we are living through. Cult groups go about attacking families in the dead of night, leaving in their trail gory and mindless spectacle of parents and their children bludgeoned to death. The modus operandi of these killers is cannibalistic, fetish and horrendous. They do not come to steal anything, just to take life and in the cruelest form.

There was the case of the Ebhodaghes, a family of three hacked to death in April. The son was a WASSCE candidate in the recently concluded examination, but was not seen in class during one of the papers. Curious friends and neighbours traced him home, only to meet their dead bodies, so inhumanly mangled by elements said to be Badoo cult members.

One after the other, it became a pattern for these elements to visit mayhem on families. They even went to a church and killed some minors along with their mother who stole there, apparently to take refuge. But these daredevil man-eaters were not deterred by the solemnity of a worship place. They cudgeled their victims.

What really offended was the situation in which the Police never responded to ongoing attacks. They only come to pick remains of victims and no arrests and prosecutions are reported. Citizens also don’t get to hear of the profiling of these crimes to give information on intelligence and advisory. It was as if poor Nigerians are left on their own to battle these satanic monsters, who actually live in the neighbourhoods, or not too far away.

Then, the Lagos Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni on April 23, met with traditional rulers in these communities to warn them against harbouring criminals. He warned that the Police would no longer tolerate situations of killings without monarchs taking some level of responsibility. According to him: “Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organise their local vigilantes.” He charged them to take ownership of crime fighting in their domains, as there are hunters among them. He warned that ritual killings must stop.

Did that call have effect on the security situation in Ikorodu and environs? Not exactly! As a matter of fact, some think the CP was compelled to visit the scene of crime more because on April 9, suspected militants in Isawo area killed four police officers, an army captain and a civilian. Other killings have taken place and the people have now resolved to police themselves, which was why a certain Badoo member who was apprehended by vigilante members was mobbed and set ablaze. It showed that the Police have not done enough to provide internal security; and it is the same thing happening all over the country. Police arrive late to scenes of crimes, most of the time. But if they are bent on unraveling the details, they produce good results.

A lot has been said and written about transforming the Police system to make the force more responsive and result oriented. Organisations such as CLEEN Foundation and networks like NOPRIN Foundation have produced enough literature on how to reform the Police. The current federal police are too far from the people to really understand crime fighting in peculiar situations.

When President Buhari came on board, to make a determined effort on the fight against Boko Haram, he put officers who know the terrain in charge. He moved the Command and Control (C2) of the military to Maiduguri, close to the war theatre, instead of what obtained in the previous efforts. It achieved a great deal. But what do we have here with the Police? We have Police Commissioners who deny outright that herdsmen are causing mayhem in communities, simply because they are involved on account of their religion or state of origin. They are unable to deliver according to the oath they sworn to; to provide security without any form of bias.

Now, what is very challenging is the situation of students who are abducted from their campuses by kidnappers and used to steal money from their parents. For 17 days running, six students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, were abducted from their school by criminal elements. The idea of students being picked up in their schools is disgusting. It is frightening and sickening that this particular school is a state owned school, of a middle class status that should not be linked with such anguish. But that is what we have on our hands. Everybody, including government and the security agencies is helpless. Now, we are told some of these children have taken sorely ill, no thanks to the miserable environments where they are kept. The parents are in terrible states. Just imagine waking up for all these days not knowing what is happening to these young ones, in some deadly creeks. It is hard to bear.

All this means that even if Lagos State or any other state for that matter invests their entire budgets on security infrastructure, rural areas in Ikorodu and elsewhere might continue to be dens for hardened criminals. Therefore, we must decentralise the present system. The CP must also be ready to move around as the occasion demands. For instance, Owoseni ought to have relocated to Ikorodu since the beginning of this year. His recent admonition to his men shows that he is far removed from the various theatres of ‘war’ in the state. Area commanders and DPOs who have since abandoned their oath to chase after illicit wealth are frustrating his good efforts and intentions.

Pastor Beheads 7-Year Old Boy

The Lagos State Police Command in Lagos, on Thursday, said they arrested a pastor for allegedly beheading a seven-year old boy and burying his head at the church’s altar.

The command’s spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) confirmed the arrest to newsmen, stressing that the suspect was arrested with an accomplice at Ikorodu.

Famous-Cole said the policemen arrested one Eric, whose confession led to the arrest of the pastor and the recovery of the boy’s body.

“On investigation, one of the suspects, Eric confessed to the crime. He led a team of policemen to Odokekere/ Odogunyan in Ikorodu area to apprehend Oyekan, who later led the team to where the seven-year-old boy was beheaded and his head buried.

“They hid the body inside canal. The two suspects involved have been arrested and the body and the head of the boy were brought to the station.

“Investigation has commenced and the case would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos,” Famous-Cole said.

The pastor, identified as Adedoyin Oyekan and one Eric were arrested at Odokereke, Odogunyan of Ikorodu on Thursday.

It was gathered that the suspects were rescued from being lynched by some angry residents of the area after committing the offence at 16, Apata Abo Street, Odokekere, Odogunyan.

Eric, who was said to be a friend to the victim’s father, allegedly stole the boy around 11.am on Wednesday, after his father left him in his care.

It was gathered the suspect was said to have taken the boy to the pastor’s church where they beheaded and buried him between 2.am and 4.am early today.

When the victim’s father came back to take his son, Eric claimed he had sent him home.

Eric opened up during interrogation and led detectives to the pastor’s place where the child’s mutilated body was buried.

 

Lagos Community Sends SOS To Ambode Over Land-Grabbers

The residents of Eruwen community in Ikorodu, Lagos, has sent a “Save Our Souls” to  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to rescue them from land-grabbers.
The community alleged that the land-grabbers, who were invited by two aggrieved indigenes of the community, have been threatening their lives.
The community head, Chief Kolawole Olutusi, said their predicament started in 2015 when Justice M.A. Savage  of the Lagos State High Court made a pronouncement granting the family absolute possession of the parcel of land situated at Eruwen, off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikorodu.
According to him, the judge ruled that the land belonged to the Adegbalujo descendants of Itun Nla and warned other families fighting for it in the area to hands off.
He said: “We have gone to Zone 2 police command, Onikan, and state command headquarters, Ikeja, to complain about threats to our lives, and nothing has been done.
“That is why we are calling on Governor Ambode and IGP Ibrahim Idris to wade into the matter, as some aggrieved parties have stormed the community with thugs and land-grabbers, who are selling our land and threatening to wipe out the community members, if we challenge them. The thugs have been boasting that the police would not save us.”

Police Warns Ikorodu Monarchs

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, has warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area against harbouring criminals who were unleashing terror on their subjects.

Owoseni gave the warning on Sunday during an interactive meeting with traditional rulers in Ikorodu over the incessant violent crimes by suspected militants in the area.

The police boss expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.

Four police men, an army captain and a civilian were on killed by suspected militants in Isawo area of Ikorodu on April 9.

Owoseni told the royal fathers that the police would no longer tolerate people being killed and maimed under the watchful eyes of traditional rulers.

He urged the traditional rulers to join hands with the police so that hoodlums would have no place to hide or operate in their domains.

Owoseni accused some chiefs in the area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents.

“There are Baales (village heads) that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area.

“They allowed militants to build houses harbouring criminals in the creeks.

“I want the royal fathers to call their chiefs to order.

“This meeting is convened to tell them that we will no longer tolerate silent conspiracy.

“Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organise their local vigilantes,’’ Owoseni said.

According to him, most kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes in Lagos State takes place in Ikorodu area and urged community to be part of the security management.

“In the community, there are hunters and farmers; they can’t say they don’t know criminals in their communities.

“There is conspiracy of silence on criminal activities and this conspiracy must stop.

“Traditional rulers and religious leaders must unmask the criminals in their communities.

“We have begun operations at Isawo; we need intelligence reports from the traditional rulers.

“Killing for rituals must stop and with your support, we can stop those killings.

“Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you.

“Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants; many of them are spies to these vandals and militants,’’ said the police commissioner.

Responding, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi, assured that the traditional institution would partner with security operatives in curbing crimes in the area.

Shotobi said that the royal fathers were investigating the recent killings and other crimes in Ikorodu area so as to expose the hoodlums.

Also speaking, Oba Ajibade Agoro of Imota, noted that increasing crime in the area was due to massive urban-rural migration.

“No traditional ruler would be happy for his community to be known for criminality during his reign.

“Cultism is our problem in Imota. A few days ago, someone was shot while another person was also shot yesterday.

“Our challenge is that when we give information and the police arrest these criminals, after few weeks, the suspects are released,’’ Agoro said.

Source: NAN

Police Accuse Obas Of Aiding Attacks In Ikorodu

Disturbed by the worsening cases of violence in Ikorodu area of Lagos, the police have accused traditional rulers and chiefs in the area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents.

“There are Baales (village heads) that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area,” the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said on Sunday at a meeting with the traditional rulers.

“They allow militants to build houses harboring criminals in the creeks.

“I want the royal fathers to call their chiefs to order. This meeting is convened to tell them that we will no longer tolerate silent conspiracy.

“Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organize their local vigilantes,’’ Owoseni said.

According to him, most kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes in Lagos State takes place in Ikorodu area and urged the community to be part of the security management.

“In the community, there are hunters and farmers; they can’t say they don’t know criminals in their communities.

“There is a conspiracy of silence on criminal activities and this conspiracy must stop.

“Traditional rulers and religious leaders must unmask the criminals in their communities.

“We have begun operations at Isawo; we need intelligence reports from the traditional rulers.

“Killing for rituals must stop and with your support, we can stop those killings.

“Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you.

“Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants; many of them are spies to these vandals and militants,’’ said the police commissioner.

Owoseni warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area against harboring criminals who were unleashing terror on their subjects.

The police boss expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.

How Food Ration Lead To The Released Of Kidnapped Ikorodu School Girls

Fresh facts emerged yesterday that the release of the three abducted girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS), Ikorodu was made possible by shortage of food in the kidnappers’ den.

One of the abductors left the den to buy food and drinks when he was intercepted by a combined team of policemen from Lagos Police Command and Intelligence Response Unit from the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

A dummy sold to the kidnappers that their parents and relations had been arrested and might be killed made them to hasten the release of the girls.

It was also learnt that two of the abductors were from the same parents, signposting that they had turned kidnapping into a business in the family.

The police are on the trail of some of the fleeing abductors.

Besides the rescue of the girls, the police force stepped up investigation into the incident to stem the increasing tide of kidnapping in Ikorodu.

A top security source,who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “Despite the heavy security build-up and surveillance in and around Ikorodu, the breakthrough for the release of the girls came when one of the abductors sneaked into the town to buy food and water for the hostages and the kidnappers.

“With the tracking of all contact lines by the kidnappers, the food ration courier was intercepted and arrested by the police team.

“The suspect admitted that he was a member of the ring and he came to replenish the stock in the den. He wasted no time in disclosing the location of the girls at Igbokuta area of Lagos State and how to get there.

“But the police team was cautious in not invading the team based on the information from the arrested suspect.

The police located one of the fathers of the abductors who was used as a bait to ask them to release the girls unharmed.

“They were told that all their parents and relations had been arrested and might be killed if they don’t set the girls free.

“They were shocked to hear that their parents and relations had been arrested and they had no choice than to ‘drop off’ the teenage girls.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The police team discovered that two of the abductors were from the same parents. We are probing whether or not they have been in kidnapping for long.

“We have rescued the girls but we have not closed investigation. We will make sure all those connected with the kidnapping and their sponsors are arrested.”

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