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How Badoo cult is affecting lives of people in Ikorodu

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An SBM Intel report has revealed that due to the activities of the Badoo cult group in the Ikorodu are of Lagos, manyof the residents are now afraid to go outat night.

Premium Times reports that in the report which was released on Thursday,July 27, it was revealed that only 10 per cent of the residents have not changed their life pattern since the attacks started.

35 per cent said they no longer go out at night while 37 per cent confirmed that they now restrict their movements.

The report said:“While the activities of the Badoo gang has undoubtedly had an effect on the lives of residents, we observed an almost equal negative important effect of the activities of vigilante groups which have cropped upin response to the insecurity.

”The latest attack by the group led to thekilling of three people at the Crystal Church of Christ at Owode-Ajegunle, along Ikorodu Road.“

Of those whose business as well as homes are in Ikorodu, 30 per cent indicated that they had nowhere else to go and would rather join one of the vigilante groups battling to curtail the Badoo scourge.

“Some people also said if the attacks continued, they would be forced to relocate.“Of those whose business as well as homes are in Ikorodu, 30 per cent indicated that they had nowhere else to go and would rather join one of the vigilante groups battling to curtail the Badoo scourge.“

If this goes unchecked, an epidemic of jungle justice will increase insecurity in the area, and affect economic activities even further.

“This, combined with the exit or diversion of the workforce to unproductive activities such as active membership of vigilante groups are bound to negatively impact on economic activities and productivity in the Ikorodu area.”

Some of the residents however said they were unaware of the rise in the cultgroup.

“To some residents, the idea of Badoo is a fiction, a convenient media creation,” stated the report.“

Many respondents told SBM field staff that they were mostly unaware about Badoo until this year.

What this suggests is that the group has, possiblyintentionally, developed quietly, without any of its members attempting to throw their weight or presence around.

“The implication of this is the possibilitythat the gang could grow even bigger, and still remain under the radar in relative terms.”

Meanwhile,two suspected Badoo cult members were nabbedin Ikorodu, a community in Lagos state, amid the on-going local government elections in the state.

According to a report on The Punch, thetwo cult members have been taken to the police station at Beach Road, Ikorodu.

We gathered that voters turnout at Ikorodu local government has been very low and some have attributed this to the recent killings perpetrated by Badoo cult members in the area.

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