We use Facebook to recruit members – cult leader

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Leader of the notorious cult group in Itire area of Lagos, Berry Boys, Maliki Bello, has told detectives in Lagos that his gang recruited members and planned operations via Facebook and other social media platforms.

The 22-year-old said the gang’s official page was Bbl Baloteli, a page with 1,928 friends, adding that their targets were school pupils.

The suspect who was arrested on February 4, at about 7:20pm by policemen attached to Itire Division, told interrogators he joined the group when he was 12-year-old.

A resident of 23, Ayinla Street, Idiaraba, the suspect told police interrogators he was responsible for series of violent clashes, murders and armed robbery incidents in Idiaraba, Lawanson, Dosunmu, Ashimowo Bakare, Omo-Bola Mushin and Itire.

“The suspect told detectives that he was initiated into the cult at 12 years when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS1). He later rose to the number one position, mostly addressed as the supreme leader of the Berry Boys confraternity.

“He was first arrested and then investigation led to the arrest of 11 other suspects.

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