Badoo in the United Kingdom (and in more than 180 countries) means dating, love, affection, and romantic relationship. When Andrey Andreev came up with the idea of Badoo in more than a decade ago (November 2006), he was out to build a community of people who are bonded with love through a dating-focused social network, which is one of the reasons it’s available in 47 different languages, making it the world’s most widely used dating network to date.
At a time some Nigerian youths find love on Badoo dating app, but today the mention of Badoo in Lagos means a group of killers who use human body parts for rituals. Badoo is a cultist group headquartered in Ikorodu, an industrial growing part of Lagos State, Nigeria.
Activities of Badoo group members have threatened the peace of that part of Lagos since they publicly made themselves known. They’re believed to have been kidnapping, and killing people for rituals until they’re becoming nightmare for Ikorodu residents.
Badoo has different faces in other parts of Nigeria. Some devil-personified persons hide under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate their evils. Pathetically, some churches have been caught in the act. Some Islamic clerics have also been caught in the act of killing fellow human being for ritual purposes.
Sometimes ago a “den” was found in Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, where body parts, not animal body parts, but human body parts were found. Some people were said to have also been found tied down apparently awaiting death. The Soka Killer agent includes commercial motorcyclists popularly called ‘okadamen’ who took their customer to the den.
In Osun State, a popular Islamic cleric around Oke-Baale, Osogbo, was accused of killing one of the students of the state’s university. His mini estate was set ablaze by angry crowd, who said a trench close to his building housed human body parts.
The story is the same in other parts of Nigeria, but the Badoo in Ikorodu, Lagos State were already carving out a ritual territory for their nefarious acts if military action wasn’t taken against them. Nigeria’s police had been accused of compromise in similar ritual killings, one of the reasons people resort to jungle justice. The new Lagos Police commissioner seemed to know this that’s why he’s taking appropriate actions to restore the integrity of the police in handling of the situation.
Where are the Badoo?
The deadly Badoo group are in Agbowa, Ikorodu, Lagos State, where they have shrines. The deadly group has killed many residents in that part of Lagos. Lately Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, led a team of police officers and bulldozers to Agbowa in Ikorodu to demolish the shrines as part of efforts to rid the communities of Badoo members.
“We are in the deep forest of Agbowa. “Sometimes, these unsuspecting victims lose their lives. We have three of such shrines in Agbowa alone, this is the first one. I have the mandate of all traditional rulers in Ikorodu and indeed, the Lagos State government, not only to uncover shrines used for committing crimes, but also to destroy them.
“This is why I always tell my officers and men to build confidence and trust with members of the public. That is a basic fundamental aspect of community policing. Eminent people gave this information, leading to uncovering of three shrines in Agbowa.”
What brought about Badoo?
“Love of Money is the root of evil,’so goes the popular saying. This saying is supported by one of the biblical teachings.In his first letter to his young disciple, Apostle Paul writes Timothy, “For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10).
However, when we reflect upon the correct citation of this bible verse, we see that it is the love of money that is a source of all kinds of trouble and evil, not money itself. Money is synonymous with wealth. In this case it means money is morally neutral; there is nothing wrong with money, in and of itself, or the possession of money. However, when we give money the power to control us, that’s when trouble starts. That’s when love of money becomes root of all kinds of evil.
Money is one of the ingredients of joy, that’s why some people go extra miles to sustain themselves financially. But love of political position in Nigeria can as well be the root of ritual. There have been reports of caught ritual killers who confessed to have connection with political heavyweights. Such persons were tagged mentally derailed and the cases were swept under the carpet as a cover up. Clifford, an assumed madman in Oshodi is one of such cases.
Who owns Badoo shrines?
Usually shrines have owners and adherents, but it’s not new to see owners of such deadly shrines to deny particularly when the law is after them. The Agbowa Badoo Shrine was said to have housed at least five graces where remains of their victims were kept to decompose. So it’s also difficult for Nigerian law enforcement agencies to identify shrine owners, and when they do, their sponsors moved in to salvage the situation so that they are not implicated. But such horrendous places are traced to VIPs and moneybag Nigerians. An oil marketer was accused of sponsoring the activities of the deadly group, an allegation he denied.
No one may be brought to justice after all the thousands of arrests made so far. All we know is that if ritual killings and their perpetrators are not completely wiped out the practice may go unabated.