- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said his government was working hard to ensure that the six kidnapped students of a college in the state are rescued
- He reminded traditional rulers that members of the Badoo cult group are not spirit as they must found
For Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, traditional rulers in parts of the state must brace up to end the incessant ritual killings, by the Badoo cult group.
Currently, scores of residents including entire families have been wiped off by the cultists, whose major weapons are grinding stones and pestles.
The state, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, has begun massive manhunt for members of the group while some arrested by communities in the state have either been lynched or handed over to the police.
Speaking on Thursday, July 7 at the Epe area of the state where he commissioned the rehabilitated Fire Station in Itamarun, Governor Ambode said it was the responsibilities of the monarchs to rise up to the security challenge in their domains.
Ambode said intelligence reports had indicated that the cultists had the backing of some persons and that the monarchs must speak up.
He also said the members of the group were not spirit but human beings.
“We just want to pass a message to say that we need to come together and ensure that we speak to all our Baales in the communities that we are having issues and also in Ikorodu to say that we must speak to ourselves.
“We have intelligence here that some of these things are coming from within and our Kabiyesis and Obas need to do something as quickly as possible to arrest this decadence that we have here.
“As far as the Badoo case is concerned, I don’t believe that it has anything to do with a disappearing ghost.
“I don't also believe that the rituals can be taking place, without some people not being behind it.
“So, I challenge all our Kabiyesis and all our traditional rulers and Baales, we must arrest this situation as quickly as possible and show that traditional value that we have always been known for and then we would continue to support you,” the governor said.
Ambode said his government would make every effort to rid the state of criminal elements like kidnappers and ritual killers.
The governor also assured Lagosians that the six kidnapped students of Igbonla Model College would return soon because government would do all it takes to re-unite them with their families.
"We know that no amount of expenditure is enough to keep the city safe. I just want to assure Lagosians that we are doing everything possible.
"We don't run the government on the pages of the newspapers, and that's why you see that we do not make comments on the newspapers, but we are trying as much as possible to make sure that we get these children back safely which is more important for us,” he said.
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He added: “We shall ensure synergy and effective coordination of efforts between the current 14 fire stations and other emergency responders for effective response to distress calls in any part of the state.”
Commissioning the Jubilee Chalet in Epe, the governor said his administration thought it wise to expand the old fovernment infrastrcture built by the Alhaji Lateef Jakande administration, in line with its objective to strategically reposition the town to take maximum advantage of the economic benefits from the huge investment activities in and around Lekki Free Trade Zone.
“As we are changing the face of Epe, we are doing the same thing in Badagry in a twin-pronged approach to promote tourism in the state.
“The government VIP Chalets in Badagry is currently being rehabilitated and will be commissioned early next year.
“Work is also going on at the Badagry Marina to prepare it for the investors and tourists that the Badagry Deep Sea port will attract,” the governor said.
NAIJ.com recently reported that the dreaded Badoo cult terrorising Ikorodu community struck again, storming a church at Owode-Ajegunle, Lagos..
The cult allegedly attacked Crystal Church of Christ (C&S) Aladura at no 4, Victor Anibaba Street, Owode Weighbridge, along Ikorodu Road.
Watch this video of alleged kidnapper Evans: