A candidate in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination identified as Lucky Ebhodaghe has been murdered in Ibeshe Tuntun, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, by suspected ritual killers.
The pupil’s parents were also killed in the attack constantly launched on the community by the assailants.
The teenager, Ebhodaghe, was the only child of the family.
According to Newsmen, the killers had torn the window net and cut some burglar – proof bars to gain access into the victims’ apartment late night.
They reportedly inflicted machete cuts on their victims, leaving them to die.
Report says the victims’ neighbours were not aware of the incident until around 12pm the next day, when Ebhodaghe’s friends and a teacher visited the residence to know why he was not in school for the exams.
A resident, who gave his name only as Dosu, told the Newsmen, “It was an attack by those criminals called Badoo. They entered the building after cutting the burglar – proof bars. They hacked the couple and their only son to death.
“The boy was sitting for WASSCE. He was supposed to sit for two exams on Tuesday– one in the morning and the other in the afternoon . His friends and one of his teachers were worried when he did not show up for the morning paper. They came to check on him after the first exam and found the door locked.
“When they peeped through the window, they found him in a pool of blood and raised the alarm. That was when their neighbours knew about the incident. On getting into the apartment, they also found the corpses of his parents. They had cuts on their faces. ”
Also a community leader, said there were indications that the hoodlums raped Lucky’s mother as her underwear was tattered.
He added that the matter was reported at the Ipakodo division, and that the police deposited the corpses in a morgue.
He said, “The private parts of the woman were messed up. All indications pointed to the Badoo cult group. They usually rape their female victims and use them for rituals.
“The Ipakodo Divisional Police Officer was here yesterday (Tuesday) and photographs of the deceased family were taken. Their church members were also here. It is sad a whole family can be wiped out just like that.
“Until this attack, we had enjoyed relative peace in the community for some months. The police are trying, but they need to beef up security in the community.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the killings, saying that investigation had commenced.
He said, “A resident put a distress call across to the station that three corpses were found in an apartment.
“A police team visited the scene where the victims were found in a pool of blood. The corpses have been deposited in the Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary for autopsy. Investigation is in progress.”