Suspected ritualists known as “Badoo Boys” struck in Ikorodu area of Lagos, killing a man, his pregnant wife and two children. One of the children, suspected to have been raped, was still lying unconscious in the hospital at 6p.m., yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that four members of the gang stormed Mr. Israel Olusanya’s home at Itamaga, Radio Area of Erunwen at 1a.m., on Tuesday, in a black SUV. 46-year-old Olusanya was a farmer, while his wife was a teacher. The assailants gained entry into the apartment through a window, smashed the Olusanya’s heads with a grinding stone, ripped the pregnant woman’s womb open and removed the foetus. A resident, who claimed to have seen them leaving the building, disclosed that the killers wore hoods.
A relative of the deceased, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described his brother’s death as unfortunate, adding “my brother, his pregnant wife, Oriyomi, and two children were killed. They used grinding stones on them and nothing was removed from the house to indicate they were robbers.” Another resident, Olagunsoye Oribami, said: “What happens in a community where constituted authorities cannot provide security? What could his pregnant wife have done to warrant such ill-treatment? “His two children killed with a mortar. It is so sad to see that Badoo gang has not been neutralized. What is the function of police in Ikorodu, when they cannot give us peace of mind?” The remains of Olusanyo, who hailed from Ikorodu, was buried in his compound yesterday, while those of his wife and two children will be buried today. Describing the family as a peace-loving, a resident revealed that 40 persons have been killed by Badoo Boys so far, calling on security operatives to step up, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book. Some of them accused some traditional rulers in the area of sponsoring the group.