Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal has threatened to arrest and prosecute pastors and imams in Ikorodu area of the state in whose churches and mosques worshippers are killed by Badoo after night vigil.
Edgal issued this threat at a meeting held in the palace of Oba of Ikorodu, Oba Abdulrasheed Shotobi on Saturday night amid renewed Badoo killings in the area.
The CP, who noted with concern that majority of the ritual killings took place on church premises after night vigil warned places of worship against holding vigil without tight security, adding that most of the victims were women and children.
He added that henceforth spiritual leaders of any worship place where worshippers are killed after night vigil would be prosecuted for murder.
Edgal said, ““If you must have night vigils, you must put in place, structures to protect your worshippers. If I hear that anybody is murdered in any church or mosque, I will arrest the pastor or the Imam and charge them to court for murder
“Three-quarter of the cases we have had in Ikorodu is related to relatives of a church member or pastor. They either occurred in the church premises or a building housing a church. We must protect the women and children.”
Meanwhile few hours after the CP’s meeting, a pastor identified as Victor Kanayo, was on Sunday morning, at Lajo Road, near transformer in Igbogbo-Bayeku in the area killed by suspected Badoo members.
Pastor Kanayo was found dead in his residence while his widow, identified as Gloria and 10-month-old baby, Goodness, were reportedly found unconscious and were rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital.