Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on
Thursday disagreed with the claims that the
dreaded cult group, Badoo, are invincible.
The governor, who spoke at the commissioning of a fire station in Epe area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria said the members terrorizing the Ikorodu community are not spirits and must be tracked down.
He, therefore, charged traditional rulers,
especially in Ikorodu to wake up by helping
the government to beef up the high rate of
kidnapping and Badoo menace in the state.
According to him, the Lagos State government
is seriously concerned about rampaging cases
of kidnapping and Badoo menace in the state
and they are wholeheartedly committed to the
safety of lives and properties in the state.
"I just want to assure Lagosians that we are
doing everything possible.
We don't run the government on the pages of
the newspapers, and that's why you see that
we do not make comments on the newspapers, but we are trying as much as possible to make sure that we get these children back safely which is more important for us and also make sure that we tighten the security in our waterways to make sure that we support the security agencies in ensuring that the right things are done and then we keep pace," he said.
Ambode said intelligence reports had it that
some of the baales colluded with kidnappers
to kidnap people in remote areas.
In his words:
"This is also a good opportunity for me to say
this since the majority of our traditional rulers
are here. We just want to pass a message to
say that we need to come together and
ensure that we speak to all our baales in the
communities that we are having issues and
also in Ikorodu to say that we must speak to
"We have intelligence here that some of these
things are coming from within and our Kabiyesis and Obas need to do something as quickly as possible to arrest this decadence that we have here.
"As far as the Badoo case is concerned, I
don't believe that it has anything to do with a
disappearing ghost. I don't also believe that
the rituals can be taking place, without some
people not being behind it.
So, I challenge all our Kabiyesis and all our
traditional rulers and Baales, we must arrest
this situation as quickly as possible and show
that traditional value that we have always
been known for and then we would continue
to support you."
However, the governor said the fire station
was being commissioned to enhance the
safety of lives and properties in Epe, adding
that his administration would deliver more fire
stations across the State.