Vigilance team members nab suspected Badoo cultist in Ogun

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Barely 24 hours after the dreaded ritual killer group, Badoo attacked a couple and their three children, killing three at Olopomeji, Odogunyan area in Ikorodu, a suspected member of the group was caught at Ogijo area of Ogun State yesterday.

The suspect it was gathered was caught in Escobar street, a boundary community with Lagos State, by a local vigilance group while attempting to enter another person’s house through the window.

It was gathered that the vigilance group in the community captured and tied the suspect’s hands and legs before taking him to the palace of the Baale of the community after some angry residents in the area had reportedly beaten him black and blue.

The suspect was saved from further beating by a team of policemen from Ogijo division, which arrived the scene and whisked him away.

A resident who does not want his name in print said: “The suspect was caught around 2a.m. when they tried to scale a fence to gain entrance into someone’s house.

“Recently, there was a Badoo attack in Ogijo, and to avoid being killed, we employed the services of vigilantes who are guarding the community at night. They were the ones who caught him, while his colleagues escaped.

“We don’t want to lose any friends and family members to the group, that was why we hired the vigilantes. We are conscious of our environment. We also bought whistles to communicate in case of emergency.”

Mr. Adepoju Michael, another resident said, Lagos and Ogun state governments should team up to fight the monsters called Badoo.

“We are just coming out of the militants’ crisis in Ogijo, Ishawo and its environs; now we are battling with Badoo. Our governments should come to our rescue. The group has killed a lot of breadwinners. Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Ibikunle Amosun should work as a team to wipe the group out of the two states.”

After Wednesday’s attack, top authorities of the Lagos State Police Command yesterday summoned an emergency stakeholders meeting with leaders of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), led by its National Leader, Otunba Gani Adams, and other vigilance groups.

The meeting according to a police source was geared towards combating incessant kidnapping and cult attacks in Ikorodu axis of the state.

Among those present at the meeting with police hierarchy include OPC New Era leader, Mr. Rasak Arogundade; leader of the Onyabo vigilance group, Mr. Kamorudeen Bombata, among other vigilance group leaders in the area.

Meanwhile, due to the incessant attacks and killings by the dreaded group, some traditionalists and herbalists was said to have protested to the palace of the Oba of Ikorodu, Kabiru Adewale Shotobi.

It was gathered that there would be traditional rites in Ikorodu and its environs starting today, Friday and residents are advised to be in their houses and stay indoors from 11:30p.m. to 5:30a.m. on Friday.

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