From the various coup d’etat that ushered in many military
administrations to the civil war. Ordinary Nigerians are not left out in
terrorising, maiming and killing other people. These are some of the
most notorious criminals whose names were enough to put fear in the
heart of the average Nigerian:
1. Lawrence Anini aka The Law
Lawrence Anini was a notorious armed robber who terrorised residents
of Old Bendel state (now Edo and Delta states) in the 80’s. Anini and
his gang started out as car snatchers but graduated to robbing banks.
Anini killed many of the policemen sent to apprehend him but was finally
caught in December of 1986. He was executed in March 1987.
2. Shina Rambo
Shina Rambo was an armed robber that operated in the Western region
of Nigeria in the 90’s. Rambo is believed to always disappear whenever
the police got close to catching him. There are conflicting stories
about the demise of Shina Rambo. One version says he was killed by
police in Ojota area of Lagos. Another claims it was another of his gang
member that was never killed and Shina Rambo has since become a pastor.
3. Ishola Oyenusi aka Doctor
Ishola Oyenusi was one of the first notorious armed robbers in
Nigeria. He is renown for his ruthlessness with many claiming the
gangster even killed people for things as small as a stick of cigarette.
He is believed to have gotten into armed robbery in 1959 but the long
arm of the law caught up with him and he was executed in 1971.
4. Ndiwe Okwudili aka Derico Nwamama
Okwudili Ndiwe most popularly known as Derico Nwamama put the fear of
God into the residents of Eastern Nigeria. Oddy as he was called by
gang members, rose from being a street urchin to running the criminal
underworld in the East. He robbed traders, banks and rich residents.
Derico’s daring reign ended when he was nabbed and beheaded by the
dreaded vigilante group, Bakassi Boys in July 2001.
5. Isiaka Busari aka Mighty Joe
Mighty Joe was the deputy of Ishola Oyenusi who rose to notoriety
after the execution of his boss. He was even more ruthless than Oyenusi
and always boasted he’d never be caught. He was caught after robbing a
hotel attendant of N10. He was executed in 1973 after he converted to
Islam in prison.
6. Clifford Orji
Clifford Orji may not have attacked banks like the other guys on this
list but his name struck fear into the hearts of many Nigerians.
Clifford Orji was a known kidnapper, ritualist and cannibal. He killed,
dismembered and ate his victims. He is believed to have died in 2012 in
Kirikiri prisons in Lagos.
7. Abiodun Egunjobi aka Godogodo
Godogodo terrorised Lagos and other Southwestern states for 14 years
till he was apprehended in 2013. Egunjobi who hailed from Ogun state is
believed to have killed more than 100 policemen and stolen millions in
his criminal career. Godogodo was so careful about his life in the
underworld that his family and friends only found out who he really was
when he was finally arrested.
8. Kayode Williams
Kayode Williams was a member of Oyenusi’s gang. He was a dreaded
armed robber who engaged in rituals. He confessed to pounding day-old
babies for use in protection charms. He was caught and served 10 years
in jail. Williams is now a pastor who tries to preach and rehabilitate
9. Otokoto Hotel Gang
In 1996, the city of Owerri in Imo state was shocked when the
headless body of little Ikechukwu Okonkwo was discovered in the popular
Otokoto hotel. This discovery came after his murderer was spotted
carrying a human head by an Okada man who alerted the police. The
investigation led the police to the Otokoto hotel owned by Chief Vincent
Duru where more bodies were found buried in shallow graves. It was
learnt that the hotel served as a den of ritualists where unwary
travellers and lodgers were drugged, killed, dismembered and buried in
on the hotel grounds. 6 people were executed by firing squad in 1997 for
the murder of little Ikechukwu Okonkwo including the son of the owner
of the hotel.