Barely a month after the Lagos State Police Command formed a joint taskforce in Ikorodu in order to check the escalating ritual killings orchestrated by the dreaded Badoo group, the members, yesterday, resurfaced, killing a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Adejare and their two daughters.The killing occurred at Oke Ota, Ibeshe Ikorodu. The ugly incident happened over the night on July 29.
The corpses were discovered yesterday, July 30, 2017. According to a resident in the area where the family was murdered, the incident was not discovered until yesterday afternoon.
Although it was a family of five, only one child survived and she is presently battling to stay alive at the Ikorodu General Hospital. The children are between ages five and one. Two of them were identified as Siyin and Ajoke.
The resident, simply identified as Israel, said: “The signature of the murder of the family is the hallmark of the Badoo killing group. They killed the father of the house, his wife and daughters. Nobody knew what had happened until some church members went to their house, to find out why they didn’t come to church. When the door was forced open, there was blood everywhere.”
The killers were alleged to have cut the window net of the family’s apartment in order to gain entry. The victims’ heads were alleged to have been smashed with a stone and the stone left behind.
Another resident said: “The family is members of The Chosen Generation Family Church in Oke Ota. They had a programme in their church on Sunday. The members decided to check on them because they did not come to the church. They found the whole family lying in a pool of blood and raised the alarm. One of the three children was still breathing. He was rushed to a hospital. There are burglar-proof bars on the windows in the house, except at the kitchen section. Unfortunately, that was where they exploited. They tore the net and entered their rooms.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olarinde Famous-Cole said that the incident was reported in the early hours of yesterday, after police operatives responded to a distress call.
He said: “Our men mobilized to the scene, where the operatives found it extremely difficult to locate the house; it was situated in a thick forest where it impossible for anybody to identify a dwelling house. Our men went on foot and got to the house. It was just a room and parlour; with one open window and no visible form of security. It was there that a family of five was attacked. Three died on the spot, one died while receiving treatment at the hospital and the last member is alive and responding to treatment.”
According to Famous-Cole, “as investigation commenced, no visible trace of violence or clues linked to the cultist group was found. No stone was found at the scene. A case of murder is being investigated by police detectives, which doesn’t fit in the modus operandi of the cult group. The Lagos State Police Command is using this opportunity to call on Community Development Associations chairmen and traditional rulers who know persons staying in isolated areas, which are no longer safe to come and report/identify with the police in order to stop people from packing into obscure areas without proper social structures.”
He urged members of the public to come forward with useful information to aid the police, and not resort to jungle justice. The information might lead to arrest or make police to place of those fingered on police watch list, said Famous-Cole.
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