Members of the ‘Badoo’ cult group has again, killed a couple and three children at Olopomeji, Odogunyan in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The family – Ike David, 50; Margret David, 28; Ike David (Jnr), 5; Matthew David, 4; and two-year-old Friday David– were reportedly attacked around 1am on Wednesday.
While the father, a motorcycle rider, Margret and Ike Jnr died on the spot, Matthew gave up the ghost at the Ikorodu General Hospital, where Friday, who had gone into a coma, was also admitted, Punch reports.
With the Wednesday attack, the group had struck in Ikorodu three times within two weeks.
In the two previous incidents, the hoodlums broke the head of a pastor in Lasunwon town, opposite Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.
They also killed a couple in Ogijo.
The assailants had scaled the fence of a building on Aliu Akinsanya Street, Olopomeji, where the family lived with their landlord.
The gang members reportedly entered through a door to the Davids’ apartment smashing stones on their heads.
It was reported that the killers locked the main entrance door to the building from outside and went to two other houses, but were unsuccessful.
The landlord, Jude Nwachukwu, who said he was asleep throughout the attack, told Punch that he sensed something was amiss around 6am when he wanted to go out and could not open the door.
He said, “I knocked at the door of the family’s apartment, but there was no response. I called a neighbour opposite our house. The neighbour’s child broke the padlock they used to lock the door from outside.
“The boy told me that the gang also came to their house, but nobody was injured. He said they left the stone on their premises and fled. I went to knock at the door again without getting any response. I opened their door and found them in a pool of blood.”
Following the attack, hundreds of residents stormed the palace of the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, to express their anger over the incessant killings in the community.
One of the protesters, Jackson Ode, said it was time the monarch and government brought the menace to an end.
He said: “We want explanations on why Badoo operates unhindered. The killings must stop.”
A woman, Adewunmi Ojoge, said, “We have several factional Baales in Odogunyan. The kabiyesi (Ayangbure) said no representative from Odogunyan had come to his palace for discussion on Badoo attacks. He told us to be vigilant and that he had met with the relevant authorities on the way forward.”
A spokesperson for the palace, who did not disclose his name, said the monarch had initiated actions to complement the efforts of security agencies in bringing the attack to an end.
He said, “The protesters came and the kabiyesi had spoken to them accordingly. We have got in touch with all the relevant security agencies and vigilantes. All the traditionalists in Ikorodu have come together to do sacrifices and they will go on a day-time rally on Wednesday and a night rally on Thursday (today).”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police, the military and private security outfits were jointly working to apprehend the culprits and ensure safety of the residents.
“There was an incident involving a family of four in the community. There is a survivor. The command is on the trail of the culprits,” He added.