Police arrest 87 Badoo suspects, declare 20 others wanted

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in collaboration with other security agencies have arrested 87 persons suspected to be members of ritual gang, Badoo, which had been terrorising Ikorodu.

Similarly, 20 others have been declared wanted for cultism and kidnapping in the area.

The Lagos State Police Command last Saturday commenced a total clampdown of criminals in Ikorodu Division in collaboration with other security agencies and local vigilante groups.

 Although, the about 100 suspects arrested during the first raid were said to have been released after screening, it was gathered that yesterday’s arrest was guided by solid intelligence.

For cult-related killings, the police declared Moshood alias Mosho, Alfa a.k.a. King of Boys, Papa, Fela, Alakoto and Chukwudi wanted; whereas, Agbara, O/C, Keremini, Femi alias FM, Pencil, Ogidan, Jaru, Allen, Bush, Happiness, Fagbo, Junior, Nuru and Jamiu are being hunted for kidnapping.

Those arrested were said to have been caught during an all-night operation on suspected Badoo hideouts at Owutu and Odogunyan.

Urging the public to provide useful information that could lead to their arrest, the police said they were all Ikorodu residents.

“The raid was an extensive operation on the two areas – Odongunyan and Owutu. The operation was necessitated by more intelligence on the membership of the dreaded cult group and their mode of operation.

“Before the operations, the police in conjunction with members of the Department of State Service (DSS), Nigerian Army, Lagos Neighbourhood Security Corps (LNSC) and Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) met with herbalists and Babalawos in Ikorodu and its suburbs on the need to collaborate to wipe out the cult group,” the police said.

At the meeting, Police boss, Fatai Owoseni, represented by the Officer-in-Charge of Operations, Imohinmi Edgal, a Deputy Commissioner (DCP), was said to have warned the native doctors and local vigilantes to eschew jungle justice.”