Security agents arrest 87 Badoo suspects, declare 20 others wanted

The Lagos State Police Command in collaboration with other security agencies and local security volunteers has nabbed 87 suspected Badoo members and declared 20 others wanted in connection with the activities of the gang in Ikorodu.

The arrests were carried out in an all-night operation by security operatives on their hideouts in Owutu and Odongunya in Ikorodu.

According to the police, the extensive raid on the two areas was necessitated by more intelligence on the membership of the dreaded cult group and its mode of operations.

Those declared wanted for cult-related killings include Moshood (a.k.a. Mosho); Alfa (a.k.a. King of Boys); Papa; Fela; Alakoto and Chukwudi.

Fourteen others were also declared wanted by the police for kidnapping in Ikorodu. They include Agbara, O/C, Femi (a.k.a FM), Pencil, Odidan, Jaru, Allen, Bush, Happiness, Fagbo, Junior, Nuru, and Jamiu.

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

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Urging the public to provide useful information that could lead to their arrests, the police noted that the people that had been arrested or declared wanted were all Ikorodu residents.

A police source said: “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.”

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At the meeting, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Fatai Owoseni, represented by the officer in charge of operations, Imohimi Edgal, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), was said to have warned the native doctors and local vigilantes to eschew jungle justice.”