“The killers have done their part by carrying out the killings, now we have taken our own steps and it is time for them to start feeling the sting.”

The Oluwo Osugbo of Ikorodu, Chief Adegboyega Adeyeri, who is one of the leaders of the traditionalists in the town, said that they have kick-started the defeat of the Badoo group.

A popular adage says "An elder will not be in the market and a baby's head will be bent"

The ritual killings have continued with impunity as it seems law enforcement agencies are helpless in the fight against the dreaded cult group known as Badoo.

The cult is known for wiping out whole families and using objects such as pestles and rocks to smash their victims’ heads.

This has made the native doctors in Ikorodu to take matters into their hands by declaring war against the dread group.

About a hundred native doctors garbed in white attire gathered at the palace of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, to express their readiness to combat the group.

Many of them were armed with fetish objects like cow horns tied with red ribbons, chanting war songs.

To kick-start this phase of the “war”, the palace carried out some rituals while residents were advised to stay indoors between 11.30pm on Thursday, June 29 to 5.30am on June 30.

According to Adeyeri, the members of the group have taken oaths of secrecy, which was why those caught never confessed.

“Part of what we have done is to ensure that anytime one of them is caught, the suspect would surely confess by the power of our fore-fathers. All traditionalists have come together as one on this and this alone is an assurance that we cannot fail. No matter how smart or how devilish they are, we will catch them all,” Adeyeri said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police are currently working with the military and private security outfits to ensure the safety of residents of Ikorodu and apprehend the criminals behind the killings.