The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, on Thursday 12th of March, 2020, paraded one of the most wanted armed robbers in South West.
This notorious armed robber is allegedly said to disappear any time he was about to be arrested or sought after.
Him and his gang were arrested in Akure, Ondo State.
According to the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth:
The robbery gang is one of those terrorizing Akure and its environs .
Unfortunately,they ran out of luck as they were traced and busted during one of their deadly operations by the IGP Special Tactical Squad Abuja, Ayetoro Annex, Ogun State led by DSP Toyin Omosebi.
Report has it that on 28th February 2020, at about 1000 hours, the Squad received information that a gang of armed robbers, who had been terrorizing Akure metropolis and had been difficult to arrest were planning to carry out their devilish act.
The Squad sprang into action and went straight after them; they accosted and arrested one of them, a 52 years old man, who allegedly had the tendency to disappear from the scene of crime to avoid arrest.
The suspect, Ojo, a.k.a Mayehun, is one of the deadliest armed robbers in Akure due to his magical act of disappearing and had escaped many arrests.
On this faithful day, in the hands of the STS, he could not disappear, he pleaded to cooperate with the Police and also confessed that the very night he was arrested he had just finished holding meeting with his gang members and they were planning to meet the next hour for another operation. He cooperated with the Tactical Squad and controlled his gang members to meet him; they all came, were arrested and the evil operation was voided.
Speaking, the suspect, Ojo, who has a wife and two children residing in Lagos but lives alone in Owo Akure, where he carries out his evil act, said:
“I am a robber; I rob people houses with my gang and also steal vehicles from the park. I have stolen nine cars and given them to a dealer, Olatunbosun Oladimeji, who is also here”.
Ojo also confessed to have been to prison three times and had spent about forty years of his life in prison. According to him, he stole and he was charged to Court for stealing and he spent four years in prison. At the Olokuta prison in Akure, he mingled with other convicted robbers, who introduced him to other robbers outside the prison. Ojo also confessed that after leaving the prison, he located the robbery gang he was introduced to inside the prison and started robbery again. He was arrested the second time for same robbery and was in prison for twelve years. Ojo said he came out and since he did not learn any trade and could not do any other work, he went back to armed robbery. He was later arrested, charged to Court and the judge sentenced him to ten years imprisonment.
He said :
“I was charged to Court and sentenced to ten years imprisonments and as I was led out of the Court by the prosecutor, I hit the prosecutor hard on the head with the handcuffs on my hands in the bid to escape but I was rounded up and could not escape. Blood gushed out of the prosecutor’s head which made the Judge to change and increased his charge from ten years to fourteen years imprisonment”.
“I came out after fourteen years to form another gang and then sought for protection against arrest. That was why I did the disappearing powers, called afęęri in Yoruba, through my herbalist who is now late”
The afęęri enabled me to be invisible whenever I go for robbery and Police are after me. I have disappeared twice in the hands of some officers which led to their dismissal.
On why he could not disappear in the hands of the Tactical officers, he said before then the charm on him had expired because he was asked not to go near a woman which he did.
The other suspect arrested also confessed to the crime and the 53-year old dealer, Olatunbosun Oladimeji, who hails from Iloro, Ekiti State, also confessed to have collected all the stolen vehicles from the robbers and displayed at his car stand in Akure.
The dealer bought guns for the gang. He said he did not know they wanted to use the gun for robbery but he confessed to have given the suspect, Ojo, N100,000 which he used to acquire two guns but said that he later got to know about the gun.
He collected all the stolen vehicles but has not sold any because he lost his wife and has not been able to stay in his office to sell the cars.
Suspects arrested included 38 years old Thompson Lawrence from Akure, 32 years old bricklayer, Abdul Umar from Adari in Kogi State, 50 years old Ojo Kayode a.k.a afęęri, from Akure, 43 years old okada rider, Ola Adegbite, from Akure, 42 years old tailor, Sunday Oloye, from Akure and 35 years old Dare Dedeigbo from Owo, Ondo State.
Recovered from the robbery gang were two locally made pistols, one hundred and five live cartridges, five locally made guns, five cutlasses with fifty pieces of blade used in cutting people’s net, a big stick and eight vehicles.