fear of the dreaded Badoo cult group in Ikorodu is the beginning of
wisdom as celebrities residing in the area have expressed their fears to
Saturday Beats over the terror gang’s rising activities.
a host of A-list Nigerian celebrities like Oga Bello, Funsho Adeolu,
Baba Suwe, Lord of Ajasa, Sanyeri, Nike Peller, but to mention a few.
Over the weekend, it was reported that a budding comedian and Master of
Ceremonies, Chinedu Paul, lost his life because he was mistaken to be a
member of the terror gang, Badoo. The young man and two of his friends,
were burnt to death.
of these iconic actors that reside in Ikorodu were honest enough to
admit that the terror gang scares them and they called on government to
come to their aid.
legendary actor, Adebayo Salami fondly referred to as Oga Bello, said
that since the terror activities of Badoo started in his neighbourhood,
he has had to re-calibrate his movement.
actor said that he was ‘not really’ afraid of the boys who operate
mostly at night or early mornings because he has God by his side.
have everything. I am not really scared of them because I have God by my
side to protect me. I am very prayerful and I am following the
instructions given to us by the government. Our prayer is that God
should not let these boys ever come close to us. I don’t move at night;
neither do I leave my house very early in the morning. Some of my
friends may want to think twice before coming to pay me a visit but I am
fortunate not to have friends that move around at night.
is that we have to restrict our movements and ensure that we do not
move at night. I have been living in Ikorodu for about 16 years and I
have never encountered anything like this. Ikorodu used to be a very
peaceful place but it is like the rest of the world that faces the
challenge of crime. We have never witnessed such but I know God would
see us through. The government has taken some steps by collaborating
with the neighborhood, police and traditionalists and I am optimistic
that we would have a desired result. We should first monitor this step
before we begin to think of declaring a state of emergency in the area. I
believe the government’s initiative is yielding results because they
have already begun to pick the boys.”
these boys, people are beginning to flee the neighbourhood which was
known for its serenity.
been living in Ikorodu for over ten years. Since I have been here,
nothing like this has happened before. Personally I am very afraid of
these boys and my prayer is that I should never encounter them in my
life. With all that I have heard about their activities, I am scared of
them. Their activities have hindered my movement because it is no longer
advisable to move around at night. In fact you would be shocked at the
number of vigilante groups you would meet on the way. Ikorodu is now hot
and a lot of people do not want to come here. It is so bad that lots of
landlords have vacated their homes for fear of these boys. They ran for
terrible and they are embarrassing a lot of people. If anyone wants to
come to Ikorodu at night, they would meet so many security men who would
begin to question them. This kind of embarrassment is getting too much
but I am sure that God would save us,” Baba Suwe said.
in Ikorodu for over 12 years with his family said that anytime he left
home for work, he always nursed fears about his family’s safety, no
thanks to the terror group.
would be lying but I know that God is in control. Anywhere in the world,
people face terrors. People in the north faced worse situations than
this but God kept some people while others had to flee. I am praying
that God would be in control of everything but to say that I am not
afraid, that would be a lie. It is just for us to beg the government to
beef up security in Ikorodu and do something about these boys. It is not
something that they cannot handle because Ikorodu used to be a very
peaceful place. This is the 21st century and such barbaric acts should
be frowned at.
12 years now and since then, I have never encountered anything like
this Badoo cult group. I would not say that their activities have not
affected me because anytime I leave my family to go and work, I always
nurse this little fear over their safety but I believe that God is
protecting them. I have only heard about their activities but I have not
seen anything like that and I believe that they cannot come my way
because I am covered by the blood of Jesus,” he said.
Badoo strikes, they could be callous enough to wipe out an entire
family. In recent times, embittered residents of Ikorodu have resorted
to self help through jungle justice because they seem to believe that
the security agencies are not doing enough for them.
said residents resorted to it probably because they were very bitter as
he emphasised that an innocent person can easily be a victim.
to is not a good thing but you cannot blame them. It is a pointer that
the government should do something because if they don’t, these boys
could harm anybody. A person could lose their entire family members and
if that happens, he could resort into doing anything. It is very
important that anyone who is coming to Ikorodu should do that during the
day. Once it is night time, stay in your houses. I do not support
jungle justice because while they do that, innocent people could lose
their lives as well. I am not praying for anything to happen to my
family or anyone but those that have been attacked by this dreaded cult
group probably lost all their family and it is so sad. This would make
anyone bitter and resort to jungle justice and it would be difficult to
stop them unless the government swings into action,” he said.