A joint security task force yesterday raided four flashpoints in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State and arrested 133 suspects for their alleged involvement in cultism, especially Badoo gang, the notorious ritual group.
The taskforce, comprised operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the Department of State Services (DSS), Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA), O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC), local security called Onyabo and local vigilance groups.
Led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, DCP Edgal Imohimi; RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu and the LNSA Chairman, Mr. Isreal Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector of Police, the task force set out to curb the increasing Badoo menace and other cult-related activities.
The raid saw the task force comb blackspots and flashpoints at Bayekun, Ikorodu main town, Igbogbo and Majidun, popularly known as hideouts for cultists and Badoo members.
As at 4p.m. yesterday, the suspects had been moved to the Oshodi headquarters of the Lagos State task force for screening.
When contacted, RRS Commander, ACP Disu said they went on a raid of all cult known areas. “After combing several criminal hideouts in Ikorodu and its suburbs, scores of suspects were nabbed. Those arrested will be screened. Arrests were based on intelligence and in conjunction with local vigilantes.
“The first step is to screen all suspects and that is already being done at the task force office. All those found wanting will be charged to court while the innocent will be released.”
Also contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the arrests.
The raid, which was in continuation of the clamp down on suspected Badoo members, came on the heels of 87 suspects arrested last week by the task force.