– Business man, Alaka Abayomi, has denied confessing to badoo killings in Ikorodu.
– Abayomi also denied claims of disclosing names of others with badoo shrines.
Lagos businessman, Alaka Abayomi, arrested by the police for alleged involvement in the most recent attack by Badoo, the notorious cult group in Ikorodu, has outrightly denied confessing to the crime.
In a statement on Wednesday through his lawyer, 51-year-old Abayomi said he did not speak or write any statement to the police in relation to the cult group.
The business man was detained on 30th July after he was lured to the Police Command Headquarters, he has however been released on Tuesday, Bartholomew Aguegbodo, his lawyer added.
Lagos State Police Command had disclosed that Mr. Abayomi, residing in Magodo, was apprehended sequel to intelligence reports that he was operating with the deadly group.
The police also included that Mr. Abayomi’s arrest resulted in the police raiding a shrine allegedly belonging to the cult group in the Agbowa area of Ikorodu on Monday.
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Earlier, the police had asserted that Mr. Abayomi confessed to knowing other individuals who own shrines in the area, before leading the officers to the Badoo cult’s shrine.
Badoo had on Sunday horrifically massacred four members of a family in the Ibeshe area.
However, Mr. Abayomi, teremed the police’ allegations as a “baseless falsehood.”
According to Mr. Abayomi, “For the avoidance of doubt, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi is a legitimate businessman with business concerns in Ikorodu for over 20 years and has never been in any way whatsoever connected or linked with the Badoo Cult or the gruesome and mindless killings going on in Ikorodu, Lagos by the Badoo Cult,” he said in the statement by his lawyer.
“Why the Police is harassing and humiliating Alhaji Alaka Abayomi is a question begging for an answer.”
Mr. Abayomi explained that he willingly honoured a police invitation at the Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, two weeks ago, where he was questioned on his business concerns , his increasing influence in Ikorodu and the Badoo activities in Ikorodu, Lagos.
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During his questioning, he said he informed the police of his sacred place in Agbowa town, Ikorodu, Lagos, and wass freed on the same day afterwhich the officers told him they were conducting an investigation into the activities of the Badoo Cult.
“Surprisingly, on the 30th July, 2017 at about 10 p.m., some armed policemen invaded the residence of Alhaji Alaka Abayomi in Magodo, Lagos,” the statement continued.
“They informed him that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edgal, wanted to see him. When all entreaties to allow him come the following day failed, he followed them. When they arrived at the command, instead of taking him to see the DCP Edgal, he was taken to the cell. Nobody told him why he was being detained.
“The following morning, the 31th July, 2017, he was brought out from the cell into a waiting vehicle in a convoy and was told to take them to his sacred place in Agbowa town, Ikorodu, Lagos. When they arrived there, the policemen searched everywhere.
“Nobody told him what they were looking for. They had pressmen in their company. At the end of the search, nothing incriminating of any kind was found at the place. They returned to the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters where he was detained until about 4pm on the 1st of August, 2017 when he was released.”
Mr. Abayomi said after being released, his relations and friends informed him that there had been a trending news that his place is a “Badoo shrine” and that his arrest was linked tothe killing of the couple in Ibeshe, Ikorodu in the early hours of July 30th.
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“It must be noted at this point that from his arrest on the 30th July, 2017 to his release on the 1st August, 2017 he was never asked anything about the killing of anybody in Ikorodu neither was any statement obtained from him in connection with that,” the statement said.
“Throughout his first invitation by the Police and his subsequent arrest and release, he was never shown any petition nor confronted with anything or by anybody linking him with anything Badoo Cult. He was arrested, detained and after the execution of the search, released from custody.”
Mr. Abayomi expressed shock and anger after he observed reports that he had mentioned names of other persons who have shrines in Ikorodu, an incident he said never occurred.
“Alhaji Alaka Abayomi never confessed to any involvement whatsoever with the Badoo Cult or the gruesome and mindless killings going on in Ikorodu.
“As a result of these malicious publications, the residents of Ikorodu have become restive, spoiling for destructive actions against Alhaji Alaka and his investments in Ikorodu believing that he is behind the Badoo Cult menace. It must be noted that Alhaji Alaka Abayomi is not in any way whatsoever involved with the Badoo Cult or the mindless killings and condemnable activities of the Badoo Cult.
“He has referred the issues arising from his detention and defamation to his lawyers for definite action against person(s) and institution(s) where applicable.”
Speaking on the incident, the Lagos Police Spokesperson, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police is still investigating the matter.