The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, yesterday, Wednesday, August 30, 2017, debunked the viral reports that an expatriate was allegedly kidnapped by men reportedly belonging to the dreaded ritualist gang, Badoo in Ikorodu.
Speaking on the incident, Owoseni said the command had not recorded any such incident of an ‘American expatriate’, either kidnapped or attacked, in Ikorodu axis of the state.
Recall that news surfaced online that an unidentified suspected member of the dreaded cult group, Badoo, allegedly attacked an expatriate who boarded his taxi from the Lagos airport.
The expatriate was reportedly picked from the airport by the cultist who is reportedly a cab driver.
The Badoo member then reportedly proceeded to take the foreigner home, where he then allegedly used a cutlass to attack the victim who, however, survived.
The video of the alleged incident was posted online by a Facebook user.
Meanwhile, Owoseni said the command had conducted wide search in all police divisions in Lagos and Ikorodu and had no record of such incident, Premium Times reports.
The commissioner advised that residents should be careful with contents shared on social media. He also maintained that such video might have been put up to create mischief, adding that the social media is not the only avenue where crimes could be reported.
“Sometimes, people just ascribe names of places to where incidents happen. From the voices that followed that (video), Yoruba language was being spoken… languages that appear Edo are (also) being spoken,” he said.
“We want to appeal to the general public not to do anything that will disparage the country and make it appear as if it is not safe.
“When they see such incident, they should report to the appropriate quarters,” he said.