A minister with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, Pastor Olawale (Solomon) Anthony, whose skull was fractured by some assailants suspected to be members of the Badoo cult, has been rejected by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
We learnt from the victim’s family that the hospital management, which claimed not to have any available bed space, also demanded the payment of N2m for surgery before any other thing could be done on the cleric.
This is just as the group killed a couple, identified as Mr. Olaitan Oseni and Mrs. Oseni, on their matrimonial bed on Friday in the Ogijo area of Ikorodu.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Olawale’s family was attacked around 2am on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at their house on Obayemi Street, Lambo Lasunwon Town, opposite Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.
The cult members reportedly tore the window net of the victims’ house through which they entered the building.
A neighbour, who suspected something was amiss when the couple did not pick their calls, called the attention of other residents who saw their dead bodies after peeping into their uncompleted building.
Policemen from the Ogijo division were said to have deposited the corpses in a mortuary, while a mortar, allegedly recovered at the crime scene, was taken away by the police.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police were making efforts to rein in on the atrocities of the group.
“I, however, wish to categorically state that it is not right to tag all these murders as being Badoo-related.
“While I agree that there are patterns in some of these murders, which we are investigating, we must be careful not to give them a common name. A man could have killed his friend and fled and two days after, people would start saying the murder was committed by Badoo. We don’t have Badoo written on the forehead of anybody.
“Most of these crimes are not related to this group. We need to be specific; if not, we will just continue to run in circle,” he said.
He noted that the alleged murder of the Ikorodu couple was under the jurisdiction of the Ogun State Police Command.
The Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He said, “A boy came to report at the station that his father and stepmother were found dead where they were sleeping. We cannot say if they were attacked by Badoo or not. Investigations are ongoing.”