Detectives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested four suspected members of the Badoo cult, for their alleged involvement in the murder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor and three other murder cases in Ikorodu and its environs.
While two of the suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of the pastor, the other two were arrested for the death of a woman and her two children at Agbowa village in Ikorodu.
The suspects were identified as 28-year-old Ibrahim Anifowose and Uche Igwe, who were arrested from their hideouts at Aremu Street, Ojota, as well as Abdulrazaq Yahyaha and Abubakar Tenimu, who were traced to Ibeshe in Ikorodu.
The police also recovered two mobile telephones belonging to the deceased persons from the possession of the suspects.
Until he was murdered, the deceased pastor, identified as Victor Kanayo, was in charge of Finger of God Parish, Igbogbo, Ikorodu.
Confirming the arrests, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said on the day the pastor was killed, the two suspects, along with two others who are still at large, invaded the pastor’s house.
He said at the scene of crime, the police noticed that the suspects actually gained entry into the pastor’s house by cutting their way through the window.
He said the detectives also noticed a blood stained grinding stone, suspected to have been used by the suspects to kill the deceased pastor.
He said: “Detectives swung into action immediately. The undercover operatives traced the suspects to their hideout at Ojota from where they were arrested.
“The detectives recovered the deceased telephone hand set from the suspects.
“This will be the last time I will refer to the group as Badoo cult members. These people are hoodlums and murderers and should be referred to as such. I urge members of the public to see them as criminals.”
He said that detectives are currently on the trail of other members of the gang, stressing that all those arrested would be treated as murderers.
Imohimi also identified the killers of three members of a family as Abdulrazaq Yahyaha and Abubakar Tenimu, adding that they were arrested from their hideouts at Ibese area of Ikorodu.
He said that one Oluwasehun Johnson had earlier reported at the station that his wife, Beatrice, son Joseph and one other were murdered by unknown persons.
According to him, detectives swung into action, during which they tracked the suspects to their houses and also recovered the deceased’s telephone set from the suspects.