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Police arrest alleged Badoo chief herbalist



Police arrest alleged Badoo chief herbalist

…destroy shrine where members take oath before operations

My son is not a criminal –Suspect’s mother


Police in Lagos State yesterday arrested a 33-year-old suspected Badoo chief herbalist, Fatai Adebayo, and destroyed his shrine at 38, Ayegbami Quarters, Imosan in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who led the demolition, said the shrine was where members of the dreaded Badoo cult group used to assemble to take oath before going for operations.

Activities of the dreaded cult group prevalent in Ikorodu and Epe axis of Lagos State have sent many people to their early graves with cruel killings through the smashing of mortar and pestle on victims’ heads.

Adebayo reportedly specialised in administering oath on members of the group before they launch any attack. His apprehension came on the heels of the arrest of some Badoo cult suspects at the weekend including the overall head of the group.

Edgal was accompanied by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), the Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), ACP Tunji Disu and the Chairman of Lagos State Special Task Force, SP Yinka Egbeyemi, among others.

The commissioner disclosed that the location of the shrine was discovered after a confessional statement from a suspected Badoo leader, who was arrested at the weekend while trying to escape through the waterways. He said: “All other suspects are in custody. In a confessional statement, one of the suspects described this shrine as the place where the suspects come before going on operation.

This is the piece of stone which they use. According to the suspect, there is no operation which they go for without first coming here to take oath. The owner of the shrine will immediately be placed on arrest and the shrine will be destroyed.

“We’re not going to rest until the group relocates out of Lagos. We cannot afford to lose residents of the state to the group. During my assumption of office, I assured residents of the state of their safety. We still stand on the promise to protect lives and property of the residents. This is our New Year promise to members of the public. They should us assist us with information about black spots in the state.”

Adebayo admitted being the owner of the shrine. He described the piece of stone discovered at his shrine as one used for grinding pepper. Adebayo’s mother, Toyin Ogunyemi, who was also at the scene, said her son was not involved in any ritual killing.

She said: “My son has never killed anyone, let alone being involved in ritual killings. My son is a native doctor that heals sick people and renders other traditional needs.” The traditional ruler of the town, the Olumosan, Oba Tajudeen Adekunle Muili, condemned the alleged activities that go on at the shrine and gave the go ahead to demolish it.

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