Badoo Attacks: Estate Agent Dupes Fleeing Victims of N50m
It was a case of double trouble for over 150 Ikorodu residents seeking to escape from the mayhem wrought by the Badoo cult group as they’ve been allegedly defrauded by a property developer identified as Kabiru Adeyemi.
The residents, seeking accommodation at Surulere and Coker areas of Lagos State, reportedly paid the developer about N50million in a desperate bid to flee from Ikorodu following the spate of kidnappings and killings by the bloodthirsty Badoo gang.
According to The Nation, the victims comprising about 100 families, had paid the developer for alternative accommodations at Iponri, Aguda, Coker and Orile but when they went to take possession of their respective apartments, they discovered people were already in them.
Enraged by the turn of events, the victims filed a complaint at the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon, which led to Adeyemi’s arrest.
Some of them, who are presently stranded, took their protest further to the International Centre for Human Rights, Non Violence and Safety (ICHR) office, Alaka Estate, Iponri.
According to one Linus Ejiofor, a victim who fled Ikorodu in May and has been squatting with a relative, he paid N200,000 for a self-contained apartment and promised to balance N150,000 when he got the key, only for him to discover that the apartment was occupied.
Another victim, one Mrs Johnson said: “I fled my house in Ikorodu following incessant attacks from Badoo. I contacted an agent to help me get a place and he took me to a house undergoing renovation at Mashalasi Street, Iponri. I saw a woman, Mrs Fumilayo and a man called JJ.
“Mrs Fumilayo told me that she and her husband were the developers renovating the house. My agent and I inquired about a mini flat and she said it was N250 for one year. She told me to make payment into her bank account which I did. I brought the teller to her and was issued a receipt.”
Despite warnings by the authorities and a number of arrests, the Badoo group continues to wreak havoc in Ikorodu, forcing residents to resort to jungle justice as a means of survival.
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