The Lagos State Police Command has rearrested three out of five suspected Badoo cult members recently released from prisons.
The command also declared manhunt for two others on the run.
Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who made the revelation yesterday, during a security meeting with traditional rulers at the palace of Oba of Ikorodu, Abdulkabir Adewale Shotobi, said the suspects were released in a circumstance that was embarrassing to the security system in the state.
He said: “Immediately they were released, I put them on my watch list and started investigation on the circumstance that led to their release. Today, I am happy to announce to you that I have rearrested three of them. Two are on the run, but in a couple of days they will be arrested. They are species that can cause havoc to the community. That is why all hands must be on deck to apprehend them and send them back to where they belong and that is the prisons. I want to assure you that we are going to deploy all in our possession to rearrest them.
“On the issue of secret cult associated with Badoo, I want to let you know that there is nothing mystical about the cult group. Stop making them to look important. They are common criminals, cultists and ritualists. They should be treated as criminals.
“My purpose of meeting with you is primarily to unite with you in wiping out cultism in Ikorodu and environs. I want us to identify the problems in this area and to proffer solution. I want to let you know that I won’t tolerate a situation where innocent people are killed.
“I want you to know that security is everyone’s business that should not be left in the hands of the police alone. We don’t have adequate manpower and intelligence to fight crime. We need your cooperation. You are indigenes; you know the routes; you are the ones to lead us through.
“You know yourselves, and these hoodlums live in your midst .You should be able to fish them out. You should organise yourselves into vigilance groups, put bonfire on the roads to ward off the hoodlums. It is easy for you because the curfew is still in place; so anybody you see on the roads between 1 am and 4 am should be questioned. We want to stamp out cultism in Ikorodu.”
In his response, Oba Shotobi said Edgal’s visit to Ikorodu was helpful as crime rate has reduced drastically in Ikorodu.