In the aftermath of the continuous killings in Ikorodu community by the dreaded ritualist gang otherwise known as Badoo, the Lagos State House of Assembly has called for the establishment of police commands in Ikorodu and Epe.
The development was as a result of the recent killings by members of the gang that has continued to terrorize Ikorodu residents in the last few years.
The news is also coming days after an unidentified man was lynched to death by an angry mob along Aga, Ikorodu, for allegedly belonging to the Badoo group.
Raising the issue under matter of urgent public importance during plenary session in the Assembly on Monday, June 5,2017, the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade representing Ikorodu Constituency 1 lamented the security threats in the area.
According to the lawmaker, the killings by the gang started in the Ibeshe end of Ikorodu before it spread into neighbouring areas.
Narrating the dastardly actions of the group, Hon. Agunbiade said: “They descended on a house in Erunwen last week, killed the man, ripped open the pregnancy of his wife and also killed their two children.
“The security agents find it difficult to deal with them. I received a call this morning that a member of the gang was arrested by a vigilante group. He was kept in a solitary place and people lynched him before the police could get there.”
He added that “four boys were recently killed in the area as they were suspected to be members of Badoo cult group. The cult members attack new sites, where the people don’t have enough security.”
In a bid to end the menace in Ikorodu area, the Majority Leader then called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni to intensify security in Ikorodu and Epe areas of the state. In addition, he stressed that the Police Command should expose the sponsors of Badoo cult group and other criminals in the area.
“Police should establish commands in Ikorodu and Epe for proper security. An ad-hoc committee should be set up by the House to invite officers of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) to interact with them on the security challenges in the state and the functionality of their job,” Hon. Agunbiade disclosed.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa sympathized with Ikorodu residents over the killings and the people of Epe in respect of the kidnap of six students in the Model College in Igbonla.
Obasa stressed that everything must be done to end the menace, and that the government should be proactive about the matter. “We once called on the Governor to site Police Command in Ikorodu and Epe to stop the activities of these hoodlums. The community members should work with the police to give them information so that they could help us,” he said.