* arrest suspected badoo leader, members, herberlist
By Evelyn Usman
The Police in Lagos yesterday uncovered a shrine in Ogun state , where members of the killer badoo cult group fortify themselves before going for any operation.
Arrested was the Chief priest of the shrine who was alleged to be conducting rituals and an oath on the assailants before they embark on the killing spree.
Also arrested was the suspected leader of badoo cult group and other members. A grinding stone similar to that used by members of the group during operation ,was found inside the shrine.
The discovery according to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command , Imohimi Edgal, followed an arrest of some suspected members of the deadly gang weekend.
Edgal , visited the shrine located on 38 Ayegbami street, Imosan quarters, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun state, yesterday, in the company of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Abiodun Alamutum; Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Disu Olatunji; Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superindent of Police; Commander,Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARs of the command and their men.
He explained during the visit that the purpose was to put an end to the ritual killings in Ikorodu.
He said : ” We are here at a shrine in Imosan village, Ogun state. Lagos State Police Command and the Ogun state Police command are under same zone.
Over the weekend, we had far reaching acheivenent in the fight against ritual killings in Ikorodu which many people referred to as badoo.
“The head of the group has been arrested. He was apprehended on the water while trying to escape. Other suspects were also arrested. During interrogation, one of them confessed that the head of the group usually bring them to this shrine to carry out oath and ritual. He said that they don’t go to any killing without first visiting this shrine. ”
Inside the shrine were figurines, earthen pots with black substances suspected to be concoction and pictures of some persons : both black and white. . A building housing the Chief priest’s family was erected close to the shrine. Inside another shanty close to the shrine were goats, live cocks, yams and other things.
Edgal, immediately ordered that the 34 -year old Chief priest, Fatai Adebayo be arrested and the shrine sealed. He also detailed some policemen to remain there until further directive from him.
When asked what the replica grinding stone used by badoo members to smash their victims heads was doing in the shrine, the suspect claimed that it was used to grind pepper. But on closer observation, there was no sign of pepper on it.
Thereafter, the CP visited the Ija Ogunborowaiye Olumosan palace where he sought the permission of the traditional ruler, Tajudeen Adekunle Muyili, to demolish the shrine.
The tradition ruler who expressed surprise that such act was going on in his community with out his knowledge, said ” I do not condone nonsense.
Permission granted”. He however requested to have an interrogation section with the suspect but was not granted as the CP said that the police would do their job first , after which the traditional ruler would be invited if the need arises.
The CP informed that the suspects in custody would be paraded before journalists at the conclusion of investigation.