The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday said
it has arrested alleged herbalist working for the
notorious murderous gang , Badoo . His name is
given as Fatai Adebayo, alias Alese .
A press release signed and emailed to The PUNCH
by the Police Public Relations Officer , Lagos State
Police Command, SP Chike Oti , stated that the
notorious activities of the cult group was prevalent
in Ikorodu and Epe axis of the state .
It noted that through their activities , the group
had murdered many people by smashing their
victims ’ heads with mortar and pestle .
The release reads , “Adebayo , 34, who specialises
in administering oath on members of the group
before they launch any attack , was arrested at
his shrine located in Imosan village , a suburb of
Ijebu- Ode , Ogun State .
“ The arrest of the herbalist followed the arrest of
some Badoo cult suspects at the weekend ,
including the overall head of the group .
“ Speaking while parading Adebayo before
newsmen at the shrine , the State’ s
Commissioner of Police , Mr. Imohimi Edgal , said
the head of the group was arrested on water
during an attempt to escape.
“ The CP, who led the operation involving the
Commander of Rapid Response Squad, ACP Tunji
Disu ; Chairman of Lagos State Special Task Force ,
SP Yinka Egbeyemi , among others, said
investigation was still ongoing but that the full
details about the arrests made so far would be
disclosed on Thursday at a press briefing . ”
Continuing , the release added : “ Over the
weekend , we had far reaching achievement in
the fight against the killers popularly known as
Badoo in Ikorodu .
“ Their kingpin who is the head of the group has
been arrested . He was arrested on water as he
was making his escape.
“ Revealing how the herbalist was arrested , Edgal
said , ‘ One of the suspects arrested confessed
and he led us here that before they go for any
killing, the head of the group brings them to this
gentleman (Adebayo ) to come and carry out oath
for both themselves and the piece of stone they
used for their killings and that they don’ t go for
any killing without first of all coming for oath in
this shrine and that is why we are here .
“This gentleman is an accomplice before the fact
and so definitely we are placing him under arrest
and as well as sealing off the shrine till after
“ I will give further details on Thursday during my
press briefing but I can assure the good people of
Ikorodu , Lagosians and Nigerians that we will not
rest until this evil is completely rooted out from
Lagos State, ’ Edgal assured.
“ The CP also made a brief stop-over at the palace
of the traditional ruler of Imosan Village , Chief
Tajudeen Muili to intimate him of the criminal
activities going on in his domain.
“ At the shrine located at No 38 , Ayegbami
Quarters in Imosan , which was later demolished
by policemen, there were different charms and big
stones said to be used for the illicit activities of the
Badoo group . ”
See more photographs of the alleged Badoo
shrine, courtesy , Lagos State Police Command:
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