Barely three weeks after a couple and their only child were murdered by suspected ritualists in the Ikorodu area, another family has been wiped out.
The couple, Taofiq and Simiat Agbaje and their dead children, Rodiat, 10, Toyeebat, eight, were hacked to death at their home at Adeke bus stop, Adamo, Imota, while the duo of Mardiya, 13 and on the one-year-old baby were also stabbed in the mindless attack.
The attacks, according to residents, were allegedly perpetrated by members of a notorious cult gang that has been wrecking havoc in the Ikorodu area, known as Badoo.
It was gathered that the assassins as is their modus operandi, had gained entrance into the Agbajes’ three-bedroomed flat in the night after tearing the window net and removing some burglar-proof bars.
They were said to have smashed some objects on their victims and wiped away their blood and brains with pieces of clothes, leaving them for dead.
The gruesome act was discovered by a neighbour who had gone to get lemon juice from the family around 6 am on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and raised the alarm
It was gathered that Taofiq and two children died on the spot, while his wife, Rodiat, and the toddler were rushed to a hospital for treatment while the case was reported at the Imota Police Division.
Adisa Ismaila, an uncle of the late Simiat who confirmed the incident, said he was at work when he received the tragic news.
“On getting to the house, I met the corpses of her husband and two children on the ground. There was a big stone beside them. The gang wiped their blood with a piece of cloth.
The mother and the two other children were taken to the hospital, while we buried the deceased according to Islamic rites.
The following day, the mother also gave up the ghost. We buried her beside them. Mardiya and her sister have recovered and have been taken to our hometown in Iwo, Osun State, for proper care.
When policemen from the division asked Mardiya what transpired, she could not explain,” Ismaila said.
A resident of the community said that the noise of a generator that was working at the time of the attack prevented neighbours from hearing the cries of the family.
“Around 6 am, one of the neighbours, a woman, needed lemon for her child who was having a stomach ache. She went to get it from Iya Mardiya (Simiat).
She saw Mardiya crawling on the passage. She could no longer talk. She pointed at their room and the woman rushed in only to discover other family members lying helplessly.
They used to live in the Agric area. They moved to this area four years ago when they completed their house. We call on the security agencies to please do something.”
A community leader also lamented the lack of security in the area and said they had written several petitions to Governor Akinwumi Ambode and some other commissioners in the state to no avail.
Also confirming the sad incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the identities of the assailants had yet to be known.
“The command responded to a distress call from a resident and discovered that one Taofeek Agbaje and his family were attacked at night by unknown persons.
As a result, Mr. Agbaje and his two daughters, between seven and nine years, died, while his wife and two other daughters, aged two and 12 years, sustained injuries respectively and were taken to a hospital. Investigations are in progress.”
The recent incident happened barely a few weeks after another couple and their only child was murdered by the same gang in the Ibese Titun community, also in Ikorodu.