Friday, August 9, 2013

How Notorious Armed Robber Godogo Led The Deadly Ajao Estate Attack

Godogodo and his gang: From left: Leke, Yinusa, Adelawo and Godogodo
On Sunday, July  14, 2013, a deadly gang of robbers, led by notorious robbery czar, Abiodun Ogunjobi, aka, Godogodo, attacked a warehouse belonging to Blessing Aporie Nigeria Limited at Ajao Estate area of Lagos State and carted away mobile phones worth more than N50 million.
The robbers also killed a policeman on guard at the warehouse, leaving one other with severe bullet wounds.
Five members of that gang were later killed by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, during a shoot-out along Eko Bridge while three others escaped with bullet wounds.
However, operatives of SARS, led by Superintendent of Police, Abba Kyari, have arrested the three bandits who escaped during the shoot-out and they have confessed to the crime and narrated how Godogodo led them through the operation, which turned out to be his last in Lagos.

The Ajao Estate  operation:
“When the bandits were brought before Godogodo who was arrested penultimate Thursday in Egbeda area of Ibadan, after a massive manhunt by SARS operatives, they explained that they brought in Godogodo to help them dislodge the mobile policemen  that were on guard at the warehouse where the robbery took place.
Yinusa, who is a resident of Ajao Estate, said:
“ I owned the job. I was the one who got Adelawo and others involved.  I, Adelawo and Chuks have been operating within Ajao Estate because we are all residents of that area and we are familiar with the terrain.
“The warehouse is located at the spot where I usually go to smoke Indian hemp  and I know they used to store expensive mobile phones.
“I have also assisted them in off loading one of their containers, an opportunity I seized to survey the place. Three months ago, I, Adelawo and Chuks went to rob at the warehouse and we stole phones worth only N200,000.
“We couldn’t get into the place where the expensive phones were stored. After that operation, the owner of the warehouse changed the doors, installed security camera and they also brought some armed mobile policemen to guard the place.
Godogodo’s involvement
“My friend, Adelawo, got broke and he said he wanted us to attack the warehouse again. I told him that it would be difficult because  there were policemen on guard, he said he knew people who could repel policemen and get what ever they wanted.
“I told him to contact them. One of them was Godogodo.
“On the night of that operation, Godogodo came to Ajao Estate in two Range Rover SUVs  and he called us to lead them to the place. On arrival, they cut the key to the gate of the warehouse, Godogodo and his friends went into the security house, opened fire on a  policeman on guard and collected his rifle, uniform and bullet proof shirt.
“Then they smashed the wall to the warehouse with a sledge hammer and gained entrance into the warehouse.  After about 30 minutes, they loaded the SUVs with mobile phones and other gadgets.
“But on our way out,  some policemen who attempted to confront us were repelled by Godogodo’s superior fire power  and we escaped.
5 members killed
“We drove down to a street in Oshodi where we shared our loot, but on our way to the Island, where we wanted to drop off Ganiu Mental, the policemen accosted us and killed five members of our gang. I managed to escape. I don’t know how Adelawo and Ayinde escaped.”
I didn’t know mobile phones were target—Godogodo
Reacting to the narrative, Godogodo told Vanguard that he wasn’t aware that their target in that operation was mobile  phones warehouse.
“I am bigger than mobile phones, I can’t steal such anymore. These boys told me that there was N70 million  in that warehouse; that was why I went with them.
“If I had known that what we were going to steal were just mobile phones, I wouldn’t have followed them.  Yes, they told me that policemen were there so I was prepared. I carried over 300 rounds of live ammunition, so I could stand any attack.  I don’t know these boys even if I see them on the road.”