Badoo Kills Pastor, Police Bar Churches, Mosques from Holding Vigil Without Adequate Security

A pastor was killed Sunday morning by persons suspected to be Badoo members.
The incident occurred at Lajo Road, near transformer in Igbogbo-Bayeku, Ikorodu, Lagos.
The pastor’s widow, Gloria and 10-month-old baby, Goodness, were said to have been found unconscious. They were rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital by policemen from Igbogbo Division.
It was gathered that the assailants smashed the head of the pastor identified as Victor Kanayo with two big stones, which were said to have been found beside him.
The Badoo murderers were said to have gained entrance into the apartment by cutting the iron bars on the window of his bungalow.
This is coming on the heels of several efforts by the Lagos State Police Command to curtail the resurgence of the Badoo killings which died down after massive raids of several shrines in Agbowa and Imota axis suspected to be the base of the cultists.
According to sources, the pastor and his family were the only ones living in the building because the landlord moved out some months ago as a result of increased insecurity.
The source said: “The pastor was an easy going person. His wife and child are unconscious as I speak to you. They were rushed to the general hospital. The police took them there.”
Police spokesman Chike Oti, a Superintendent (SP) said some persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.
He said the police had commenced investigation into the case, adding that the command was digging into the pastor’s past to be sure there was no connection between his past and murder.
Oti stated that the dig into his past was sequel to a human skull tattooed on the deceased’s shoulder, which detectives believe had cultism connotations.
He said: “Around 7am (Sunday), at Offin, Igbogbo, Lagos, a suburb of Ikorodu town, one Victor Kanayo, a male person and a pastor was murdered.
“The command has made a couple of arrests and suspects are being questioned with a view to discover the author of the heinous crime. The Commissioner of Police has also dispatched a team of crack detectives to unravel those behind the murder, dig into the past of the victim and see if there is a correlation between his past and his fate.
“The issue of his past before he became a born again Christian is of interest to the police because of a human skull tattoo drawn on his left arm which gives the victim away as one who may have belonged to any of the dreaded cult groups. Investigation into case is ongoing. Findings will be made public as usual by the CP.”
Meanwhile, the stem the Badoo menace, the police have barred churches and mosques in Ikorodu and environs from holding vigil without tight security.
Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal warned that he would arrest and charge with murder any pastor in whose church ritualists kill worshippers during vigil.
He spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on how to ensure peace in Ikorodu hours before Badoo struck, killing the pastor.
“Henceforth, no pastor should organise a vigil in Ikorodu without adequate security arrangement. Do not organise any vigil if you cannot protect the lives of the people who attend,” the police chief said.
Majority of the ritual killings, he said, took place in the church premises, adding that in most cases, the pastors would have concluded their prayers and left before the murderers would attack vulnerable women and children.
The meeting, which was held at the palace of the Ikorodu monarch, Oba Abdulrasheed Shotobi, started around 10:30pm on Saturday and ended around 1am Sunday.
According to Edgal, the police were soliciting for the collaboration of all interest groups in Ikorodu to bring the gang to book.
He said: “All churches and mosques should not have vigil in isolated locations and pastors leave them to go home and they attack the women and children.
“If you must have vigils, you must put in place, structures to protect your worshippers. If I hear that anybody is murdered in any church or mosque, I. will arrest the pastor or the Imam and charge them to court for murder
“Three-quarter of the cases we have had in Ikorodu is related to relatives of a church member or pastor. They either occurred in the church premises or a building housing a church. We must protect the women and children.”
The Commissioner decried the bail granted five out of seven suspected key members of the ritual gang by the court last week, while expressing worries that the suspects could wreak havoc if checks were not put in place.
To achieve that, Edgal announced curfew between 1am and 4am across the district, urging the traditional rulers to prevail on his chiefs and youths to commence patrols and ignite burn fires to ward off the killers.

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