A Lagos businessman and alleged Badoo shrine chief priest, Chief Alaka Abayomi has accused the police of trying to frame him up as a member of the dreaded Badoo cult group in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
It can be remembered that on Monday, July 31, members of the Nigerian Police Force revealed a shrine believed to be the hideout of notorious sect, Badoo, terrorising Ikorodu.
Alhaji Tijani Awoyemi, a traditional ruler (baale) of Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Lagos was arrested over the activities of the killer cult group, Badoo, in his domain. Others arrested were the chief priest of the shrine, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi, Jimoh Christian and Owoyemi Bamidele.
According to Abayomi, he said that he was invited by the Police two weeks ago. He honoured the invitation and had to write a statement.
While being interrogated, he was asked if he belonged to the notorious group and he disclaimed without hesitation, but admitted to having a dedicated traditional place of worship.
Abayomi said after the interrogation, he was allowed to go home only for the Police to storm his house at Magodo where he lives on Sunday, 30th of July, 2017 and told him that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edgar wants to see him and that he followed them.
“On their way to the State Command they stopped twice and picked two other men. On getting to the State Command I was detained and no one told me what my offence was.
“The following day, they brought me out, put me in a vehicle with pressmen and asked me to take them to my dedicated traditional place of worship at Agbowa in Ikorodu and I took them there, they searched everywhere and found nothing incriminating.
“That traditional place of worship has been there for over 30 years and there are over 100 traditional places of worship in Ikorodu alone and they found nothing in that place, yet they tagged me a murderer and a member of Badoo cult group.
“Tell me if I belong to Badoo cult group, will they release me? And for 30 years, I have lived in Ikorodu, people know I am a business man and they know the kind of business I do so who exactly is sponsoring the police to tarnish my good name that I have built for a long time?” Abayomi queried.
In a statement released on Monday, Lagos police command spokesperson , Olarinde Famous – Cole, said a joint team of the police uncovered buildings, which had different kinds of charms, used by the gang.