Gboyega Akinsanmi

About 24 hours after arrest of the chief herbalist of Badoo cult, Mr. Fatai Adebayo, the Lagos State Government wednesday sealed a filling station, hotel and an event centre belonging to a suspected kingpin of the cult, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal.

The state government explained the rationale behind its decision to shut the filling station, hotel and event centre, noting that the structures violated the 2010 Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law.

This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, noting that the order, which sealed off the structures was in pursuant to Section 60 of the said Law.

The section read in part: “The relevant agency may serve enforcement notices on the owner of a private or public, residential, commercial, industrial, Institutional, recreational or any other land use wherever any development is commenced without planning permit and building control authorisation or, where the building constitutes danger to the occupier or public or, where the building is affected by a renewal programme…”

In a statement he issued yesterday, the commissioner noted that the state government “is joining the Nigerian Police in asking the said Alaka to come out of hiding and submit himself to the law in his own interest.”

Ayorinde said the state government “has also enjoined the Nigeria Police to offer the public a reward for any useful information on the owner of the Alaka filling station, hotel and event centre in Ikorodu.”

The commissioner, therefore, urged the residents of the state, especially Ikorodu and its environs “to go about their businesses without fear. We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the state safe in 2018.”

The police had on December 22, 2017, declared Alaka wanted in connection with series of well-orchestrated killings and nefarious activities of the Badoo cult group in Ikorodu and Epe area of the state.

Alaka is believed to be the ring leader of the Badoo menace. But the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal had paraded the cult kingpin, who confessed to the killings and took police to their shrine in Imosan, a suburb of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State where the group’s chief herbalist, Fatai Adebayo was arrested.

Adebayo, who is popularly known as Alese, was said to specialise in administering oath on Badoo members before they go for any operation.

The police commissioner led the operation involving the Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Mr. Tunji Disu and Chairman of Lagos State Special Task Force, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi, among others.

After the parade on Tuesday, the police commissioner had said investigation was still ongoing but that the full details about the arrests made so far would be disclosed on Thursday at a press briefing.