A notorious armed robbery kingpin who also, is an Ikorodu-based hotelier is currently in police net.
Also, nabbed alongside with the kingpin, Saheed Quadri, are two other members of the gang, Taiwo Adisa Ojedokun and Jelili Ojedokun, both cousins from Iwo town, Osun state are cooling their feet in the custody of the detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.
The gang which is dreaded for its numerous operations within Agric-Owutu, Ikorodu and its environs, it was said, had snatched over 2,000 posh vehicles in the last one year.
It was gathered that no fewer than ten stolen vehicles have so far been recovered from their receivers in Abuja by the detectives. An informed police source hinted that the gang which has an operational motorcycle, owned and deployed two locally made pistols and operated between the hours of 5:00p.m and 9:00p.m.
All the three gang members, including the gang leader, it was said, reside in Maya town, an outskirt of Ikorodu. Saheed (aka Otunba) is said to be the owner of Love Garden Hotel, Maya, Ikorodu. Owing of his strong spiritual power, the 30-year-old kingpin, who is also, known as Baba Ayomide, had on several occasions evaded arrests.
‘Whenever we were after his gang he would always escape. On many occasions, we had killed some of his boys during encounters and also, arrested some. Some are in Kirikiri maximum prisons, Lagos , Shagamu and Abeokuta prisons, Ogun state respectively serving jail terms’, said a police source.
Inside his private room in Maya, it was gathered that Otunba, who is from Fidigbade family and hails from Oju-Ore Compound, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state owns a shrine in his private room which he consults before going out for operations.
Nemesis was said to have caught up with the gang, following the theft of two Black Berry phones, among other personal belongings found in a Honda Accord Saloon Car (End-of-Discussion Continues model), marked EW 795 SMK (Lagos) snatched from a woman, Mrs. Onome Emojefe at agric bus stop, Ikorodu at about 6:00p.m on August 26, 2012.
The woman was said to have been stripped naked when the suspects armed with two guns accosted her at the bus stop in their operational motorcycle and made away with the Honda Saloon car.
The kingpin is married and blessed with three children. Taiwo, popularly called ‘Tejisco’, a neighbour to Saheed at Maya, admitted greed lured him into the gang. The 32-year-old suspect, who claimed to be an aluminium fabricator by trade, said the posh vehicles the kingpin usually flaunts into the neighbourhood caught his fancy.
He said he rented a room apartment in Ushafa village, an outskirt of Abuja where he uses as his outlet for the display of the stolen vehicles. To many people who patronise him, the suspect claimed himself to be a ‘tokunbo’ car dealer who imports the vehicles from Cotonou , Republic of Benin capital.
The third suspect, Jelili Ojedokun also, from Iwo , said he came in contact with Saheed sometime in April this year shortly after, he realised a sum of N500, 000 from the sale of a property located at Liadi village, behind Maya, which he wanted to use to buy a car.
According to Baba Khalid, he knew another Saheed (alias Eleran) but now at large through Tejisco, his cousin when he wanted to buy the vehicle. He said Tejisco called Saheed and a meeting was scheduled to hold at FATMOT Joint, a local food vendor shop located at Ragolis bus stop, Ikorodu.
According to police sources, a manhunt was launched after the receiver of the stolen vehicles to Abuja but he was nabbed in Ibadan, Oyo state capital where he had escaped immediately he had got wind that the detectives were after him.
However, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer confirmed the report and said detectives were still investigating the matter.