Some assailants, suspected to be members of the Badoo cult group, have killed a man, Victor Kanayo, said to be the pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Fingers of God Parish, in the Igbogbo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The pastor’s widow, Gloria and 10-month-old baby, Goodness, were said to have been found unconscious and were rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital by policemen from Igbogbo Division.
It was gathered that the attack occurred shortly after the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, held a meeting with security operatives, community and religious leaders at the palace of the Ikorodu monarch, Oba Abdulrasheed Shotobi.
The meeting, which started at 10 pm on Saturday was said to have ended around 1am on Sunday, due to the resumed onslaught of the cult group.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Badoo cult struck the Offin area of Igbogbo and killed the pastor while his wife and their 10-month-old child were said to have been brutalised with two big stones with which Kanayo was killed.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said investigations were ongoing into the incident, adding that some suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder.
He said the police command was digging into the pastor’s past to be sure there was no connection between his past and murder.
Oti stated that the look into his past was a sequel to a human skull tattooed on the deceased’s shoulder, which detectives believe had cultism connotations.
He said: “Around 7 am, at Offin, Igbogbo, Lagos, a suburb of Ikorodu town, one Victor Kanayo, a male person and a pastor was murdered.
“The command has made a couple of arrests and suspects are being questioned with a view to discovering the author of the heinous crime. The Commissioner of Police has also dispatched a team of crack detectives to unravel those behind the murder, dig into the past of the victim and see if there is a correlation between his past and his fate.
“The issue of his past before he became a born-again Christian is of interest to the police because of a human skull tattoo drawn on his left arm which gives the victim away as one who may have belonged to any of the dreaded cult groups. The investigation into the case is ongoing. Findings will be made public as usual by the CP.”