A woman and her two children were yesterday murdered by suspected members of a ritualist gang, Badoo, at Agbowa in Ikorodu on the outskirts of Lagos.
The incident occurred around 2am, at 1, Alhaji Olatunda Street, Temu, a border village with Epe.
The victims identified as Iyabo, David Alaba, 4, and Rachel Alaba, 10, were said to have been murdered in their sleep, less than 24 hours after they returned to the community.
The family, it was gathered, were out of the community for over two weeks and only got back on Monday.
Newsmen learnt that the assailants scaled the fence of the building before smashing their heads, spilling their blood all over the bed.
It was gathered that one of the woman’s children, who was found unconscious, was rushed to the General Hospital, Ikorodu.
The victims were said to be sleeping inside the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), which is also in the premises.
According to a source, the woman’s husband was not around when the assailants struck.
The man identified simply as Alaba was alleged to have been a repented member of the murderous cult group.
A security source said that the attack was a revenge mission against him from the Badoo gang.
He said: “From our investigation, the man used to be a member of Badoo group. He fled Ikorodu town and took his family to that farm settlement when they were being hunted down.
“When he relocated, he left the group but they were looking for him because they believed he was the one giving out information about them. That was how they located his family and wiped them off.
“Three people died on the spot and the only one that did not die is lying unconscious in the hospital. The man was not around when the killers came.”
According to a neighbour, Adesina Idowu, the family returned to the community on Monday after about two weeks away.
He said: “They just moved into this community six months ago. For about two weeks, they were not around. They returned on Monday and were found dead on Tuesday morning.
“They were killed inside the church, Celestial Church of Christ. They stay in the compound and also have a church there.
“We were surprised when somebody came to call me that Iya David is dead. When I got to the scene, the assailants had killed the woman and her two children who were with her.
“I do not know how they got into the community because we have guards patrolling the community. How they entered into the victims’ compound without the guard knowing is a mystery to us.”
Another resident who simply gave his name as Tajudeen said: “We informed Agbowa Police Station immediately we learnt of the incident. Initially we thought it was armed robbery case. But when entered their apartment and saw the stone used by the assailants that was when we knew it was Badoo attack.
Police spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent (ASP) said only two people died, insisting that there was nothing to show the attack was done by the murderous gang.
He said the landlady of the building and a commercial motorcyclist have been arrested as suspects in the murder, adding that they would be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).
Famous-Cole said: “A case of murder was reported at Agbowa Police Station. The landlady of the compound and a motorcyclist who lives there have been arrested as suspects. They would be transferred to Homicide for investigation. “The killing has no ritual conotation. Their heads were not smashed. No stone was found at the scene. Only two people died.”