…destroy shrine where members take oath before operations
My son is not a criminal –Suspect’s mother
Police in Lagos State yesterday arrested a 33-year-old suspected Badoo chief herbalist, Fatai Adebayo, and destroyed his shrine at 38, Ayegbami Quarters, Imosan in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who led the demolition, said the shrine was where members of the dreaded Badoo cult group used to assemble to take oath before going for operations.
Activities of the dreaded cult group prevalent in Ikorodu and Epe axis of Lagos State have sent many people to their early graves with cruel killings through the smashing of mortar and pestle on victims’ heads.
Adebayo reportedly specialised in administering oath on members of the group before they launch any attack. His apprehension came on the heels of the arrest of some Badoo cult suspects at the weekend including the overall head of the group.
Edgal was accompanied by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), the Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), ACP Tunji Disu and the Chairman of Lagos State Special Task Force, SP Yinka Egbeyemi, among others.
The commissioner disclosed that the location of the shrine was discovered after a confessional statement from a suspected Badoo leader, who was arrested at the weekend while trying to escape through the waterways. He said: “All other suspects are in custody. In a confessional statement, one of the suspects described this shrine as the place where the suspects come before going on operation.
This is the piece of stone which they use. According to the suspect, there is no operation which they go for without first coming here to take oath. The owner of the shrine will immediately be placed on arrest and the shrine will be destroyed.
“We’re not going to rest until the group relocates out of Lagos. We cannot afford to lose residents of the state to the group. During my assumption of office, I assured residents of the state of their safety. We still stand on the promise to protect lives and property of the residents. This is our New Year promise to members of the public. They should us assist us with information about black spots in the state.”
Adebayo admitted being the owner of the shrine. He described the piece of stone discovered at his shrine as one used for grinding pepper. Adebayo’s mother, Toyin Ogunyemi, who was also at the scene, said her son was not involved in any ritual killing.
She said: “My son has never killed anyone, let alone being involved in ritual killings. My son is a native doctor that heals sick people and renders other traditional needs.” The traditional ruler of the town, the Olumosan, Oba Tajudeen Adekunle Muili, condemned the alleged activities that go on at the shrine and gave the go ahead to demolish it.
Police arrest another gang member of Zenith Bank robbery
The Imo State Police Command has arrested a member of the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen.
The suspect, Chinomso Onwuegbuchulam, popularly known as Ogolo, was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, who paraded the suspect on Friday in Owerri, described Onwuegbuchulam as the last man standing in the robbery gang.
He said that Onwuegbuchulam had a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Imo State University.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the four-man robbery gang attacked a customer at Zenith Bank, Owerri in February last year, killing two on-duty police officers.
The police had, however, arrested two out of the four gang members, days after the incident, recovering three AK47 riffles and 175 rounds of ammunition, while one member of the gang was killed during the robbery.
Ezike said that operatives of the command had been trailing the Onwuegbuchulam, who had been on the run since the incident.
Speaking to NAN on the sidelines at his parade, Onwuegbuchulam said that he had been into robbery since 2012.
He said that he was the one, who snatched N2.8 million from the customer at Zenith Bank.
Onwuegbuchulam disclosed further that he got N400, 000 as his share in the robbery, while the remaining money was shared among other gang members and the informant. (NAN)
53 persons jailed for life for 2013 bombing
A court in Turkey sentenced a man to 53 life sentences for a 2013 bombing which killed 53 people near the border with Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.
The bombing in Reyhanli was, at the time, the deadliest spillover of violence from Syria into Turkey.
Five children were killed.
The court case did not settle the question of whether Nasir Eskiocak, the main suspect, operated on behalf of any organization.
The suspect was arrested about a month after the bombing, trying to escape to Syria. (dpa/NAN)
Woman dies in church after giving testimony
A hairdresser died in the church immediately after giving testimonies before the congregation at Universal Church of God.
The deceased, simply identified as Mpofu attended a church service at Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe where she gave a testimony thanking God for the wonders He had done in her life.
According to reports by B-metro, Mpofu slumped immediately after sharing her testimony and died in the church.
A close relative who asked for anonymity told the media that they were very disappointed and confused as they were not sure if the testimony was the reason behind Mpofu’s death.
“It is very sad that our family member died this way. She was someone who was a dedicated church member which now turns to be a surprise that she died in the house which she thought was the safest,” said the relative.
“What is more surprising is when all this happened the church did not notify us that she had collapsed choosing to keep her for six hours. We do not know why they kept her in church when they were aware that her condition was critical, that is why we are suspecting foul play,” he continued.
The deceased’s husband left mourners in shock when he asked all church members to leave the funeral.
It was clear that he wanted nothing to do with Universal Church members and their pastors.
A pastor who declined to be named said they did not bother attending the funeral as they were not on good terms with Mpofu’s family. Mpofu was buried on Monday.
Efforts to get a comment from the church on the incident involving their deceased member were fruitless as a pastor that invited B-Metro over for a comment asked for written questions that he said would be sent to their lawyers for a response.
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