Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Thursday vowed to stamp out the dreaded cult group, Badoo from Lagos, saying they are not spirits that cannot be seen.
Speaking at the commissioning of a fire station in Epe area of Lagos, Governor Ambode said he did not believe that Badoo members were spirits that could disappear.
He therefore, charged all traditional rulers, especially those in Ikorodu to wake up from their slumber by assisting the government in fighting the bud rising waves of kidnapping and Badoo menace in the state.
Ambode stated that his government is wholeheartedly committed to the safety of lives and properties in the state.
“I just want to assure Lagosians that we are doing everything possible. We don’t run the government on the pages of the newspapers, and that’s why you see that we do not make comments on the newspapers, but we are trying as much as possible to make sure that we get these children back safely which is more important for us and also make sure that we tighten the security in our waterways to make sure that we support the security agencies in ensuring that the right things are done and then we keep pace,” he said.
Ambode said the situation had come to the point that the traditional rulers in the state must come together and speak to the baales in Ikorodu to stop kidnapping in the area.
According to him, intelligence reports had it that some of the baales work with kidnappers to kidnap people in remote areas.
He said: “This is also a good opportunity for me to say this since the majority of our traditional rulers are here. We just want to pass a message to say that we need to come together and ensure that we speak to all our baales in the communities that we are having issues and also in Ikorodu to say that we must speak to ourselves.
“We have intelligence here that some of these things are coming from within and our Kabiyesis and Obas need to do something as quickly as possible to arrest this decadence that we have here.
“As far as the Badoo case is concerned, I don’t believe that it has anything to do with a disappearing ghost. I don’t also believe that the rituals can be taking place, without some people not being behind it. So, I challenge all our Kabiyesis and all our traditional rulers and Baales, we must arrest this situation as quickly as possible and show that traditional value that we have always been known for and then we would continue to support you.”
However, Governor Ambode said the fire station was being commissioned to ensure safety of lives and properties in Epe, also adding that his administration would deliver more fire stations across the State.