​Badoo strikes again in Ikorodu, kills couple, two kids

Badoo strikes again in Ikorodu, kills couple, two kids

Gory image of the victims. Picture courtesy Micky Odesanya

Afeez Hanafi

After a few weeks of relative peace , the notorious ritual cult , Badoo , has rekindled panic in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State .

The cult killed a couple – Mr . and Mrs. Adejare – two of their children , while the third kid was said to be in a coma at the Ikorodu General Hospital .

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday in Oke Ota community, Ibeshe . The children were reportedly aged between five and one . Two of them were identified as Siyin and Ajoke, all females .

PUNCH Metro learnt that the assailants cut the window net of the family ’ s apartment to gain entry.

They were said to have subsequently smashed the victims ’ heads with a stone and left the area unnoticed.

A resident , who spoke on condition of anonymity , said the incident became known around 12 pm when church members of the deceased checked on them on the way from church .

He said , “ They had a special programme in their church today ( Sunday ). The members decided to check on them because they did not come to the church . They found the whole family in a pool of blood and raised the alarm . One of the three children was still breathing. He was rushed to the general hospital .

“ There are burglar – proof bars on the windows in the house , except in the kitchen . They came through the kitchen . They tore the net and entered the house .

“ We seem to have relaxed in securing the community because the attack subsided for some time. Even the police patrol has reduced . ”

Another resident , who did not want his name in print , told PUNCH Metro that the corpses were removed by policemen from the Ipakodo division .

He said the victims attended The Chosen Generation Family Church in Oke Ota , adding that a stone used by the gang was left behind .

“ The apartment was given to them by the church . The couple were on the bed , while the children slept on mats . Four of them were killed . Their corpses have been deposited in the Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary , ” he added.

A community leader said the residents would intensify vigils in the neighbourhood, urging the police to ensure regular patrol on streets .

He said , “We were happy that things were getting better before this incident . There is one little girl among them receiving treatment at a hospital . Her head was smashed.

“ We only hear sirens of the police patrol from the main road . They don ’ t usually come into the inner parts of the community, where the Badoo members operate . ”

The Lagos State police spokesperson , ASP Olarinde Famous – Cole , said the killings had no connection with the

Badoo cult , adding that the location of the family ’ s residence was not accessible to vehicles .

He said , “ The house is just a room and parlour with one open window and no visible form of security . A family of five were attacked . Three died on the spot, one died while receiving treatment at a hospital and the last member is alive and responding to treatment .

“ No visible trace of violence or clues linked to the cult was found . No stone was found at the scene. A case of murder is being investigated by police detectives , which doesn ’ t fit in the modus operandi of the cult . ”
Source: The Punch

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