Counting the costs of “Badoo” killings, kidnapping, militant onslaught

Ikorodu is boiling over as residents in different communities set the area on fire every night in protest against the serial killings by a wicked group called ‘Badoo cult’, who have killed in less than one year nearly 30 persons comprising families of various numbers. Landlords, tenants, women and children have been keeping vigil across many areas of Ikorodu division, setting up bonfires, burning tyres, patrolling and chanting out Badoo songs to protest the apparent failure of security agencies and traditional institutions to arrest the situation. The killing of a…

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In security, killings in Ikorodu division – the game changer

For more than two years Ikorodu division has fed the media and the country with bad news almost on a daily basis. Newspaper headlines and Radio/TV news bulletins, always carried large doses of horrible news emanating from this division. If it was not armed robbery, it was land grabbing attacks. If it was not cult killings, it was militants at Ishawo, Arepo and other creeks in the area bursting oil pipelines or killing. Then came kidnappers, and lately the mother of them all, the Badoo Group who serially raped women…

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Where is tourism hub in Ikorodudivision for residents to recreate?

It is estimated that about three million people are now residing in Ikorodu division, making the area a populous satellite region in the mega city state of Lagos. It is now confirmed that the most remote communities in this division’s interior and inland like Igbalu, Gberigbe, Mowonla, Agufoye, Agbede, Okeoko, IshawoOdonla, Odokekere, etc. are heavily populated by residents, who work in Mainland, Island Lagos and beyond. Hence, the human and vehicular traffic commuting between Ikorodu and other parts of Lagos state is quite heavy. One then starts asking, do these…

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Almighty Rice back in the news 35 years after Umaru Dikko saga

The 2016 Christma/2017 new year rush for rice, the most staple food on the nations dining table is over, but how many can recall the past? Nigerians in their late forties and those above that age can – Look back, or jog their memory tapes, and remember the rice Armada of the 1980’s during the Shagari years when Umaru Dikko, Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry made rice an almighty commodity in this country. It was a time new billionaires were made in the country. The commodity came with different…

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7/7, 8/8 Ikorodu and security challenges of Lagos state @ 50

The acclaimed most populous and richest state of the Federation, Lagos State, will celebrate its 50th anniversary of its creation in May next year (2017). Popularly referred to as the Economic Capital of Nigeria/West Africa and the Center of Excellence, Lagos enjoyed its Mega city status as a result of the open door policy of its people, the harmonious co-existence of all tribes and religions, and above all, the comparatively adequate security that prevailed in it; all of which promoted prosperity and population growth. Apart from the bomb said to…

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Cultist clash in Ikorodu; Four Killed!!!

Suspected cult members, over the weekend shot dead four persons at 24 Road, in the Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State. It was learnt that the six-man gang arrived in the community around 8pm on two motorcycles. A 63-year-old native doctor, identified as Rasheed Yusuf, aka Low Banger, who was walking along the road, was the first target. The attackers were said to have also shot at Rasheed’s wife, Falilat, and a two-year-old girl, Kehinde. They died on the spot. The heavily armed gunmen reportedly ambushed and shot dead two…

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