The leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress has accused influential politicians and rich men in Lagos State of sponsoring the Badoo cult gang.
In an interview with Punch Newspaper, Otunba Adams also accused the state government of playing politics with the lives of residents, saying members of the cult were usually lured through job opportunities after which they were recruited into the gang.
Asked why his group has not taken it upon themselves to tackle the gang, the OPC leader said his group refrained from intervening in the matter despite having information about the activities of the men and their sponsor because they did not have the permission of the government to do so.
“For about two and half years, our coordinators in Ijede have been giving us a lot of information about Badoo. We realized that some highly-placed personalities were involved.
They use vacancy adverts, among others, to lure would-be Badoo members and they put up some telephone numbers. When you call the numbers, they will call you to come to their office and they will give you money for empowerment, like N250,000.
From what we have gathered, they normally buy the bloodstained handkerchiefs for N500,000, N1 million or N1.5 million. A common man cannot afford that money. It is being organized by some prominent people.
The Lagos State Government plays partisan politics with the lives and property of people whereas the first duty of government, whether federal, state or local, is to make sure the lives of the citizenry are protected,” Otunba Adams said.
Recall that the OPC had, in conjunction with the state police command and some vigilante groups in the Ikorodu area, raided some dark spots on Saturday, July 1, 2017, and successfully arrested some members of the notorious gang that had been terrorizing residents of Ikorodu for months now.