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Residents gripped by fear as ritualists return to this Ikorodu community

Months after calmness returned to some parts of the serene Ibeshe and Owode axis of Ikorodu community in Lagos, residents who trooped out of the community were gradually returning to their various homes.

Although some are yet to fully settle following the various crimes committed by the fearless group, Badoo, in the axis, the brave ones have returned to their homes.

However, while those in Ibeshe, Owode, Ahmadiyya and Olu-Odo end of Ikorodu are counting their losses to the gang, their counterparts at Itamaga, Ikorodu are currently gripped in fear as the Badoo gang recently struck in the community.

InsideMainland learnt during an investigation that a woman resident at Idiroko was attacked by the ritualist group. The woman we gathered was badly beaten with her teeth pulled out by the gang members leaving her in discomfort.

Days after the attack on the woman, another victim in the community suffered similar fate from the ritualist group leaving residents in fear.

In a swift response, the community leaders commenced cleansing of the community using traditional means. InsideMainland gathered from a source that the community head ordered that the traditional ‘Oro’ be used to chase the gang out of the community.

The ‘Oro’, led by community traditional chiefs moved around the community from dusk to dawn for seven days leading to a curfew for residents as well as other visitors to the community, InsideMainland gathered.

Speaking to the Chairman Community Development Committee, Ikorodu, Alhaji Sonibare, he told InsideMainland that normalcy has returned to the area after the brave move by the traditional chiefs.

“The Baale and other chiefs agreed to use ‘Oro’ to chase the bad eggs out of the community. This was done for seven days and the area was under curfew from dusk to dawn during this period. Upon the completion of the rites, peace has returned to the community.”

However a resident who preferred anonymity said her household is still in shock following the actions of the fearless gang. “We appreciate the move by the CDA and the community leaders but it still can’t remove the fear of having someone close to your house being attacked by Badoo. My husband had to buy a dog as a form of security after I couldn’t sleep for days upon hearing of the woman who was attacked in the next house.”

A youth in the area, who identified himself simply as Akeem, said “we did our best during that period to mount stations around the community and also check unknown faces that enter into the area. We need to be vigilant because we don’t know who work as informants for the gang.”

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