By Ifeanyi Okolie
LAGOS — The Police High Command, weekend, said that South West robbery czar, Abiodun Ogunjobi, aka Gododogo, who was nabbed last week after a massive manhunt was a bigger threat than the famed Shina Rambo. The police said Godogodo reigned in the underworld for at least 14 years.
His notoriety was such that some governors have called the police high command to hand over the underworld king to them so that they can re-assure their people that Godogodo has actually been arrested.
Vanguard gathered that the six police commands including Lagos are currently clamouring to interrogate the suspect who has terrorized the region for over 14 years, killing more than 50 policemen and many other civilians.
Police sources told Vanguard that Commissioners of Police from these states who have lost policemen and rifles to this deadly robber were seeking to have him paraded in their states to restore public confidence in the police.
A police source disclosed that activities in one of the banks raided by Godogodo and his gang last year, leading to the death of unspecific number of people are yet to resume.
“They all want to have a time with the notorious armed robber. They are all victims of his escapade and they all want to interrogate him to know how he coordinated some of these operations.”
Fashola orders intensive treatment of suspect
Meanwhile, Vanguard also gathered that Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has ordered an intensive treatment of the suspect who was injured from bullet fired at him during his arrest in Egbeda area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Sources said Godogodo was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, last Thursday. He was bleeding from injuries he sustained during his arrest.
Godogodo bigger than Shina Rambo —Police
Explaining how big he was in the underworld, a top police officer said he was bigger than Shina Rambo, who shot to public consciousness with his daring raids that led to the death of scores of policemen and civilians in the 90s.
According to the source, “we did not make it public because of the need not to frighten the people. But any top police officer will tell you that he was bigger that Shina Rambo. Was it the number of policemen he killed, the businesses he raided? He was the top man.
“He became prominent because of his access to arms. They operate in syndicates. For instance, in the Ajah zone, there was Saheed who looked out for targets. In this same zone, there was Omoba who had a six-man gang. When they identify a target and feel that it’s huge, they would invite Godogodo who would storm the place with his superior arsenal. They operated like that in every part of the region.
“However, before he was caught we had depleted his men. Some of them like AY, Seye, Omoba and Saheed had been arrested. We killed people like AY and Paul.
Sorcery and charms
“These people believe in sorcery and charms. They are usually emboldened by their charms. Initially, we assumed they lived outside the country but gradually we started putting some of the evidence together which led to their arrest.
“What also struck us was that they operated on weekends. We still don’t know why. These guys were deadly.”
Asked why they have decided to take him to some South-West states, the police top shot said he doubted if he would be alive for such parade.
He said: “Godogodo was in pretty bad shape when I saw him. I don’t think he will be alive for such exercise except the doctors perform a miracle.”
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