By Marcel Samuel
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, yesterday paraded five suspected Badoo cult suspects at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja. One of the suspects paraded on Thursday at the Lagos State Police Command was 18-year-old Chibuzor Igwe who said he was tricked into joining Badoo cult .
Explaining that he had approached one of the alleged leaders of the cult, Obamoyegun Omotayo for a driving job, but was lured into the gang.
Chibuzor said, “I am a Badoo member. Around November, I told Obamoyegun (Omotayo) that I wanted to be his driver because I saw him with new cars. He told me that it would take some time before he would give me the job…”
The Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal did not allow the suspect talk to the journalist, claiming that the suspects’ confession would jeopardize Police investigations and efforts to arrest other members of the gang who are at large would be futile.
While briefing journalists on the arrests, the Commissioner had earlier identified other Badoo suspects as Chibuzor’s elder brother, Uche Igwe; a welder, Samuel Akaeze, aka Samito; his wife, Gift Akaeze; and a herbalist, Fatai Adebayo, aka Adaripon.
According to CP Imohimi, Gift provides information on the targets whom the assailants consequently attack, adding that Chibuzor was apprehended while he wanted to escape from Alabo Street, Abule Osorun, Ibeshe, Ikorodu, where the gang smashed the heads of a couple and their five-month-old baby on December 30, 2017.
Imohimi explained that Chibuzor, Samuel and Omotayo carried out the attack, adding that by the time a joint team of policemen and a vigilance group responded to a distress call, Samuel and Omotayo had fled the scene of crime.
“The gang of three murderers comprises Chibuzor Igwe, Samuel Akaeze, aka Samito and Obamoyegun Omotayo. Omotayo usually sprays a powdery substance into victims’ dwelling places that would make them to fall into deep sleep before they end their lives by smashing their skulls with grinding stones.
“Omotayo, having satisfied that the victims are dead, will use white handkerchiefs to mop their blood for ritual purposes. However, luck ran out on them when one of the victims raised the alarm which attracted the local vigilance group. The group in turn alerted the police in that area and the compound was cordoned off, leading to the arrest of Chibuzor Igwe at the scene.
“Also arrested is one Gift Akaeze, wife of Samuel, who provides information about where to strike for the group,” the CP explained.
Imohimi said Chibuzor confessed to being a member of the ritual gang and gave the Police information that led to the arrest of Samuel and Omotayo. He added that the bloodstained grinding stone, suspected to have been used by the suspects, had been taken to a laboratory for forensic analysis.
“Recall that during my last press briefing on December 11, 2017, I mentioned that a blue Nokia Ash phone belonging to the murdered pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikorodu, Victor Kanayo, who was killed on November 25, 2017, was recovered from Uche Igwe. He confessed that his younger brother, Chibuzor Igwe, gave him the phone.
“The said Chibuzor was the one arrested on Alajo Street, where he and his gang members murdered Shakiru Yekini and inflicted grievous bodily harm on his wife and six-month-old baby,” he added.
Imohimi stated further that Chibuzor told the Police that Omotayo usually take them to Adebayo, the herbalist, in Imosan-Ijebu, Ogun State, where he (Adebayo) administered oaths on them in his shrine before they went on operations.
He added that, the herbalist also fortified them with charms and blessed the grinding stones with which they smashed people’s skulls.
Imohimi said the Command would not relent until all members of the gang were rounded up, adding that the suspected kingpin, Alhaji Abayomi Alaka, remained wanted by the Police, and in his own interest, should report at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, to answer the charges against him. “He will have his day in court”, the CP concluded.