The Nigerian Police, Lagos Command, has arrested two suspected members of a ritual cult, Badoo, in connection with the killing of a woman, Beatrice Alaba, and her son, David, at Temu village, in Agbowa.
Two other suspects were apprehended for the murder of a pastor in the Fingers of God Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victor Kanayo, in the Igbogbo area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
During a press briefing on Monday at the command headquarters in Ikeja, Imohimi said the suspects were arrested after “painstaking investigations.”
He said, “I visited the scene of the first crime at Temu village, Agbowa, in company with the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and other officers to conduct an investigation and look for clues.
“At the scene of the crime, the following observations were made: the criminals gained entry into the woman’s room by carefully removing the louvres in the window. The assailants used a concrete stone to smash the deceased’s skulls.
“In the course of the investigation, which was covert and intensive, one Abdulrasaq Yahaya and one Abubakar Tenimu, from Ikorodu, were arrested in connection with the crime. A Nokia phone and a SIM card which belonged to the deceased woman and stolen from the scene of the crime were recovered from them.
“Also, two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of one Pastor Victor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The four assailants made away with the pastor’s phone after killing him. The phone and the SIM card have been recovered from the two suspects, whose names are Ibrahim Aniwofoshe, 27, and Uche Igwe, 22, both of Aremu Street, Ojota.”
The CP noted that the suspects had made confessional statements and were assisting the police in their investigation.
“I want to appeal to people that we must not glorify the activities of this group by giving them any special name. They are hoodlums and murderers,” he added.
Bottom line: The ‘badoo boys’ have not fully been flushed out and they were able to strike again because security agencies thought they had all gone.
We cannot leave out the fact the residents of the Ikorodu area where the attacks occur also let their guard down.
In order for the menace to be curbed and future attacks prevented, all concerned parties need to lay out permanent security measures in all areas and, we should not forget that the ‘killers’ could move to other supposed vulnerable areas.