A resident of Ikorodu area of Lagos, Mr. Akinrinlade Ayodeji has
narrated how he narrowly escaped being lynched by a mob that had
mistaken him for a member of the reprehensible cult, Badoo, which has
been suspected of killing over 30 persons in the last 12 months.
In a Facebook post, Ayodeji described how a simple act of going to
fetch water at 7.30pm a few houses from his residence nearly cost him
his life, as the residents had mistaken a jerry can of water he was
carrying for engine oil, said to be one of the identifying tags of the
on Monday, July 3, he had returned home from work at about 5:21pm, and
had taken a nap which lasted till 7:39pm.
what he was doing in the streets at that hour of the day, with a jerry
very furious man and decided to just turn back to my house. But before I
could take three steps forward, I just felt a big and several bangs on
my face through the back.
who was lynched by a mob in Ikorodu last weekend on the suspicion that
he and two other victims were Badoo cult members, Ayodeji had a distinct
fortune of being identified by his neighbours, effectively saving him
from being beaten to a coma and then roasted alive.
me, even asking the said baba (his assailant), ‘Don’t you know him?’
initially, then I just carried my gallon that someone else had helped
fill with water, obviously out of pity, then walked towards my house,
entered my room, put off my already tattered cloth, sat down and started
imagining what just happened, hoping it was just a dream, behold, it
wasn’t, it was real!” the obviously shaken Ayodeji wrote.
about what had just happened, he heard some voices at the entrance to
landlords, alongside the man that had raised the false alarm and one of
his neighbours, expressed deep apologies for what had just happened.
man that punished me particularly holding me tight, just to show his
told them to take things easy, that two wrongs can never make a right,” Ayodeji wrote.
he received was severe, as several people slapped him repeatedly all at
once, until someone identified him as a resident.
friend of his who was lynched by a mob last Sunday at Odongunyan, when
the individual was suspected of being a Badoo cult member.
of the night, during which they attack mainly families, killing
everyone during each attack.
available to his group indicated that the cultists get paid between
N250,000 and N1,000,000 for each blood-soaked handkerchief submitted to
up from their slumber by helping the government to nip in the bud the
rising wave of kidnapping and the Badoo menace in the state.”