Photo of Chief Herbalist in his shrine, courtesy Nigeria Newsdesk, Twitter.
In late 2016, according to Nigerian authorities, a killer cult group known as badoo, began terrorizing and murdering citizens in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.
Lagos police arrested five suspected key members of the sect on January 2, 2018, and provided video evidence of a shrine run by Chief Herbalist Fatai Adebayo, age 34.
The killings appeared to be ritual in nature. Victims were murdered in their sleep. At one point, citizens began to suspect the killers were supernatural (and thus invincible), but according to Nigerian press, the arrest of the five suspects proves members of the group are actually human beings.
Suspects confessed to authorities that they only operated at midnight and would spray a powdery substance prepared by the herbalist that would put victims into a deep state of sleep and would then smash the victim’s head with a grinding stone.
Vanguard Nigeria reports: “The powdery substance was also sprayed close to buildings around the targeted building to avoid any intrusion during operation. Thereafter, they would smash their victim’s head with a grinding stone, and dab their white handkerchiefs in victim’s blood before leaving the scene.”
During interrogation, one of the suspects said the cult members were fortified spiritually by drinking water used to wash dead bodies, drinking animal blood, spreading an oily substance from a calabash, and abstaining from sex before murdering someone. He also claimed he was desperate for employment and was offered money to perform the killings.
Further confessions revealed the entire purpose of the operation was to obtain the blood soaked handkerchiefs of the victims and then sell the handkerchiefs to rich politicians and other elite known as the “big boys.” The handkerchiefs soaked in blood were believed to be a source of empowerment and protection and were then used to perform money rituals.
Witchcraft and black magic beliefs have recently plagued Malawi, where villagers believe bloodsuckers are stealing their blood and have formed vigilante gangs leading to suspected vampires being murdered.
[BREAKING: KUDOS TO 🇳🇬POLICE] @PoliceNG Arrest Cult Leader!👏👏👏@PoliceNG made a major breakthrough in the fight against the menace of Badoo cult with the arrest of the group’s leader, Ota-Aye Fatai Adebayo.@PoliceNG_PCRRU @FMICNigeria @Ayourb @Mr_JAGs @dgebis @followlasg pic.twitter.com/ViIvuA4faz
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— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) January 5, 2018