Cultism in Nigeria is on the rise due to the poor non-pragmatic approach towards it. Kingpin of the notorious cult group in Lagos, Badoo, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi, has revealed his willingness to submit himself to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation. Alaka was last year declared wanted by the Lagos state police command for sponsoring the activities of members of Badoo cult groups that have reign terror upon residents of Ikorodu town in Lagos state.
In an interview with Punch newspaper, the 51-year-old Alaka said he will only surrender himself to the Federal police investigation unit in Abuja and not to the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, whom he says has been compromised.
News yesterday tells of the sealing of his hotel on Ijebu-Ode-Itoikin Road, in the Sabo area of Ikorodu and filling station by the Lagos state government , saying the properties violated the state’s Urban and Regional Planning Law of 2010.
In the interview, Alaka says the police has no incriminating evidence before declaring him the Badoo kingpin.
“What evidence did the police have before calling me Badoo (kingpin)? Did any suspect mention my name? What does sealing my property have to do with this case? I applied and paid for the Certificate of Occupancy for the filling station five years ago, but I have not got it. I have evidence of payments. Since the police declared me wanted, no policeman came to my house or office to invite me. The police have my number, but they did not call me on the telephone for invitation. I don’t believe I am wanted because no invitation was sent to me. Since the police said they were looking for Badoo members, they have not arrested any prime suspect. I want the government to intervene. I am ready to appear before the police or any investigative body, but not before the Lagos State Police Command and Edgal (Imohimi). A team should be set up to investigate the matter, particularly from Abuja. He (Edgal) declared me a Badoo kingpin, but what evidence does he have? About five security men guarding the filling station have been arrested.” he said
In July 2017, the Lagos state police command discovered a shrine in Ikorodu that was being operated by Alaka. He was afterwards declared the leader of Badoo which he denied, filing a lawsuit against the police command and Imohimi at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for blackmail, but the respondents had yet to appeared before the court. He said that the court had also delayed ruling on an injunction application filed by his lawyer, seeking that the police be restrained from arresting him (Alaka) pending the determination of the substantive suit – blackmail.
Alaka made public that his issues with the police started when he refused to pay N10m bribe to an Investigating Police Officer
“I can no longer walk freely around Ikorodu for fear of area boys administering jungle justice on me. I have read about the herbalist that was arrested. I don’t know him. Why didn’t police allow him to talk to journalists? The case should be transferred from the Lagos State Command; they have dented my image. I sleep in my house in Magodo; no policeman came to arrest me. I will not show up at the Lagos State Police Command for three reasons: one, they don’t have evidence against me. I was arrested and released the following day without being told to write a statement. Secondly, the CP has refused to appear in court. The case has been in court since August 2017. For three adjourned dates, the court was said to be on vacation. During the last sitting, the judge adjourned till February 2018 for ruling on the injunction, which is very suspicious. Thirdly, I will not surrender myself to the CP because he will compromise investigation. But I am ready to appear before the Inspector-General of Police and the National Assembly. The genesis of this issue was when the IPO requested that I should pay N10m to settle some police officers at the command. It was when I refused to pay the money that I was arrested. I have petitioned the National Assembly and the IG on this.”