The dreaded cult group, Badoo, has reared its ugly head again, as its members reportedly struck at Temu village l Council Development Area of Epe, Lagos State, on Tuesday, killing a mother and her two kids.

In an eerie mode of operation, the crazed assailants had scaled the fence to gain entry into the Celestial Church of Christ parish in the neighbourhood, and thereafter used a stone to pound their targets to death.

The victims have been identified as Iyabo (mother), David, 4; and eight-year-old Rachael, who met their untimely demise while they were asleep.

Punch reports that they had just returned to the church, which was their home, from a two-week trip, with their father (and husband) still away.

The community is still in shock from the recent attack, as noted by a resident of the area, Adeshina Idowu.

“The family moved into the community six months ago. Somebody rushed into my house this morning (Tuesday) and said that Mama David was dead. It was when I got to the scene that I saw the woman’s two kids were also killed. The scene of the attack indicated that Badoo was at work because there was a stone at the scene,” he said.

“I don’t know how the assailants got into the community because we have security guards patrolling everywhere. How they entered into the victims’ compound is a mystery to us.”

Another resident, identified simply as Tajudeen, said the incident was reported to the police at the Agbowa Police Division, adding that they had taken the incident for a robbery, until they got to the scene.

“The family just returned to the village on Monday. Initially, we thought it was a robbery. But when we entered into their apartment, we saw a stone used by the assailants and there was no sign that any property of the family was stolen. That was when it occurred to us that the assailants were members of Badoo,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, called for calm, saying two suspects had been apprehended in connection with the killings.

“A case of murder was reported at the Agbowa Police Station. The landlady and an okada rider (motorcyclist) who reside in the compound have been arrested and transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba,” he said.

“The incident has no connection with ritual killings as insinuated. The era of ritual killings is gone in the state. Investigation is ongoing.”

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