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Ikorodu residents recount ordeal with dreaded ritualist group

Following the continuous killings of residents across Ikorodu by the dreaded ritualist group, Badoo, people of the axis have expressed their fears on the number of lives lost to the actions of the group.

According to a recent report by The Nation, the number of lives lost to the killings by the ritualist group is n fewer than 50 residents.

A source who spoke to the platform said since the last three years that the gang launched its attack on Ikorodu and neighbouring communites, some residents who moved into the area after completing their houses have since relocated to other parts of Lagos for fear of being killed by members of the gang.

“I am very sure that they use ‘African insurance’ because there is no way their victims would not shout for help or raise the alarm while being mutilated with cutlass or smashed with heavy stones. This is the puzzle that residents and the Police have not been able to find answers to,” the source told The Nation.

To Adeola Ibiyemi whose sister’s family was wiped out by the Badoo gang in the Ibeshe area of Ikorodu in early 2016, “I am yet to get over the shock of the incident,” he said.

He continued that “I was devastated, hence, I relocated from my house which was a shouting distance from my sister’s residence in Ibeshe in order to overcome the trauma of the incident.”

But rather than his relocation assuaging the tragic killing of his sibling and children, his new abode brought back the memory of the scenario in which his sister and her children’s life were snuffed out.

A few months after his arrival, the gang, on September 29, last year, took their gory lust to a church premises at Oke-Ota community in Ibeshe and shot dead six members of a family. The victims, Celestine Nwokoye, a taxi driver at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, his wife and four children, including an eight-month-old baby were slain in cold blood.

“The incident at the church shocked me beyond words. I started recalling what I saw at the scene where my sister and her family were killed. I did not know whether to relocate again from Ibeshe or not because the killings have since increased in the community,” he said.

Like Ibiyemi, other residents have also suffered the similar fate in the hands of the dreaded ritualist group.

Another resident, Ademola Shotineyin, also recalled how the gang killed occupants of a building on his street during a night attack in October 2016. He explained that the residents no longer sleep with their eyes closed to avoid being caught unawares by the gang.

“I know of a man who was alongside his wife and children in October 2016 on my street. We were shocked to find the family in a pool of their blood at dawn. They were killed by the gang for rituals. Now, we no longer sleep with our eyes closed for fear of being attacked by the gang members.

“The marauding gang had earlier struck in June 2016 in Ibeshe. They killed a Ghanaian woman after raping her and inflicted injuries on her eight- month-old baby. Not satisfied, they returned to the community in July 2016, raped and blinded a 60-year-old Francisca, while her 10-year-old daughter who raised the alarm was brutalised.

”Four months later, precisely on October 21, 2016, the gang allegedly stormed Oluwoye area of Ibeshe, where a man, identified as Kazeem, his pregnant wife, Afusat, 30, and the couple’s two children- Rodiat, 6, and Opeyemi, 5, were stabbed to death.”

Also, the group had brutally attacked Ikorodu residents in separate attacks such in December 2016, March, April and recently in May 2017.

A resident who is visibly depressed following the brutal attacks said “we are at the mercy of the gang in Ikorodu. No fewer than 50 residents have been killed in the last three years since the gang launched its attack on Ikorodu neighbourhoods.”

The resident concluded that “some residents who moved into Ikorodu after they completed their houses have since relocated to other parts of Lagos for fear of being killed by members of the gang. The situation is made worse by the near-absence of a proactive security measure to checkmate the gang.”

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