There were tears, sorrow and lamentations as a family of three murdered by a cult gang in Ikorodu were laid to rest.
The late couple, Lucky Ebhodaghe and Margaret, their 15-year-old son, Jonathan who was preparing for his West African Secondary School Certificate examination, were killed in their home on Monday, April 17, by the assailants who have been identified as members of the Badoo Cult group that has been terrorising the Ikorodu area for many years.
A friend of the family who posted photos of the burial on his Facebook wall, said Ebhodaghe, was a member of the prayer warrior team of the Deeper Life Bible Church while the wife was a worker in the ushering department while Jonathan was their only child.
It was gathered that on the night they were murdered, the assailants tore the window net and cut some burglar-proof bars to gain access into the house after which they inflicted machete cuts on the family members, leaving them for dead.
Margaret was said to have been raped by the gang before she was murdered, as part of its mode of operation.
The murdered family were discovered the following day when Jonathan’s friends and a teacher visited the house to know why he was not in school for his exams.
At the burial of the slained family members
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The visitors reportedly met the house locked and peeped through the window from where they saw the victims in a pool of blood.
Residents who lamented the atrocities of the gang over the years said they had killed many other residents in a similar way.
A resident who witnessed the burial of the Ebhodaghes said many of the mourners broke down in tears as the three coffins bearing their remains were brought into the compound.
“The burial started around 10 am with a church service and ended around 12 pm; nobody could hold back tears. They were buried in their compound based on the advice of their relations.
The man hailed from Edo State, while the wife came from Calabar, Cross River State. I am aware that the man has been taking care of the mother. The old woman is presently at the Mowe area of Ogun State, where she is being taken care of.
She is not aware of what happened because if she hears about it, she may die. Top leaders of Deeper Life from different parts of Ikorodu were there and I was told that the General Superintendent of the church sent representatives as well. They buried the child in the midst of the parents.”
The crowd of mourners could not hold back tears
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A security expert in the area who spoke on incessant rape and murders said the incident was one in a series of ritual cases that had besieged Ibeshe since 2015.
“The latest victims were the family of three, who were found dead on Tuesday morning when the school bus came for the child who was to write an examination that day.
The house was secluded and surrounded by big cassava and bitter leaf plants, especially towards the church building, which might have made neighbours not to hear their screams.
Since 2015, we have been battling with ritual killings targeted at women of all ages. This has been going on for some time without abating.
The practice is to rape a woman in her house and thereafter use a stone to smash her head to pieces until the brain gushes out.
Another method is to strangle the victim. Although I am a private security expert, the police have been unable to tame the tide, which happens regularly every three months.”
The crowd looking on in disbelief
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The Badoo Cult gang has been reportedly responsible for many crimes in the Ikorodu area and some of the atrocities linked to them were the rape and murder of a Ghanaian woman and her eight-months-old baby in June 2016.
In July 2016, the gang also allegedly raped and blinded a 60-year-old woman identified as Francisca and also raped her 10-year-old daughter for raising the alarm.
In October 2016, the gang allegedly attacked a family in Oluwoye community, Ibeshe, raping and killing a 30-year-old pregnant woman, Afusat Yusuf, alongside her husband, Kazeem, and their two kids, Rodiat and Opeyemi who were six and five years old respectively.
On December 26, 2016, the gang was also alleged to have raped and killed two sisters, Azeezat and Abeeba Oriade at their house on Saka Adegbose Street, off Olu Odo Road, Ikorodu.
On March 1, 2017, the Badoo gang was also said to have attacked a family on Masafejo Street, Agbowa, Ikorodu, killing three siblings between the ages of four and nine alongside their mother.