Crime in Nigeria simply refers to various fraudsters and extortionists of different sorts. Popular Nigerian crime lords started operations in the 80s, owing a lot to the globalization of the world’s economies and the abnormal state of disorder as it is today in the nation.
Criminal associations from Nigeria ordinarily don’t pursue the mafia-type display pursued by the westerners. They seem, by all accounts, to be not so much formal but rather more sorted out along familial and ethnic lines.
The history of Nigeria has had its own fair share of crime lords and their legendary crimes of which they have become folk heroes of a kind.
Here are 7 most popular crime lords in Nigeria history.
7. Shina Rambo
Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Shina Rambo was dreaded during the 90s. He is the mastermind behind numerous crimes in the Western parts of the nation where he victimized and murdered without any potential repercussions. His name has remained on the memory of Nigerians who either seen his many crimes or were unfortunate to live in that time.
But who killed Shina Rambo? With different legends about surrounding Shina Rambo’s death it is not surprising that even the police were not sure if it was the notorious criminal they murdered. An RCCG pastor even claimed to be the actual Shina Rambo but has “given his life to Christ”.
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Part 13 He once robbed 40 exotic cars in one day and drove all of them in a convoy, from Lagos to Cotonou, unstopped. He was powerful; he was wealthy, and impenetrable. He was a tin god, apparently belched from the very arroyo hell, we all dreaded him back in the days. He had a wife and three children, but he lost all of them in one day during a bloody police raid whilst he was away on operation. #follow #f4f #followme #instagramtags #TFLers #followforfollow #follow4follow #teamfollowback #yoruba #like4follow #like4follower #likeforfollow #like4followers #followbackteam #followall #followalways #followback #ibadan #me #love #pleasefollow #follows #follower #following #davido #wizkid #kissdaniel #love #shinarambo #nigeria
6. Isiaka Busari
Isiaka Busari, also called Mighty Joe, is an ally of Dr. Oyenusi. He, after the death of oyenusi, assumed control over the scene and turned into the defacto ruler of the underground. Nigeria was all the while leaving the aches of the common war and with the passing of Oyenusi, they thought the time of savage violations had been checked, however, much to their dismay another hooligan much terrible has risen in Mighty Joe.
Mighty Joe’s group consists of former soldiers who were retired and with their expertise in the treatment of firearms and other fatal weapons; they held the country, especially the South West, to recover, looting and executing with total surrender. He was deadlier than Oyenusi and was known to work at whenever he felt like and taking a human’s life was nothing to him.
5. Monday Osunbor
Legend has it that Monday Osunbor was the killer and sharp shooter behind the feared Lawrence Anini group. He was executed together with Anini in 1987.
In spite of the fact that very little was known about him when Anini was tried in court, as his boss took the sparkle off him, it was said that he was an irritable stammerer who did not waver in executing their victims.
4. Derico Nwamama
Okwudili Ndiwe, who is popularly known as Derico Nwamama, was likewise one of the dangerous criminals in Nigeria during the mid 2000s.
Derico Nwamama was the King of the Underworld in the Eastern parts of the nation; a perfect replica of Lawrence Anini and Ishola Oyenusi.
He had ascended from an urchin and pick pocket to a dangerous crime lord as he terrorise the inhabitants of Onitsha, the business capital of Anambra State. Derico sacked business banks in Onitsha stealing millions of Naira.
3. Abiodun Egunjobi
The one-Eyed Abiodun Egunjobi, known as Godogodo, was one of the deadliest armed criminals Nigeria ever had. The 36-years of age Godogodo ascended from being a ghetto kid to the pioneer of a group that resisted all reasons, hit with exactness, slaughtered without kindness and threatened Lagos and the south-west.
He was captured on August 1, 2013, but before then, Godogodo gave the Lagos State Police Command sleepless nights for a long time. Initially from Ogun State, Egunjobi was on the most wanted list of the police for more than a decade and the manner in which he figured out how to sidestep the police is as yet incredible. Indeed, he was at once, on the highest point of the Most Wanted list of the Command with a few Police Commissioners allotting the hardest of cops on his trail.
2. Ishola Oyenusi
In Nigeria’s history of crime lords, ‘Doctor’ Oyenusi, was a cutthroat outfitted robber who held influence in the mid 70s. He remains an exceptionally unique figure that none can ever dream of achieving. Actually, ‘Doctor’ Ishola Oyenusi ought to have taken the best spot on this list because he was the first known robber in the Nigeria’s history. He started his operation in the country soon after the Civil War.
Before he was executed on Wednesday, September 8, 1971, with 30,000 Nigerians watching his execution, none felt that ‘Doctor’ would be caught.
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Daily Times, Thursday September 9, 1971. Ishola Oyenusi popularly known as Dr. Ishola was a Nigerian armed robber who was active during the 1970s.His modus operandi was carjacking, bank robberies and heists committed during hold-ups. Oyenusi together with six other members of his gang were executed on 8 September 1971 by a combined police and armed forces firing brigade. His execution was caught on film. He wasn’t a medical doctor even though he always commanded to be addressed as one because of his special skills of extracting bullets lodged in his wounded gang mate bodies. Dreaded and powerful, Oyenusi was known for his ruthlessness and metaphysical powers. He was arrested by Mr Sunday Adewusi, who later became the IG of the Nigerian police during the Shagari era. Apparently Oyenusi's first words to him on being arrested were: "you are lucky I do not have my Luger with me today". (The Luger is a semi automatic 9mm pistol) Even when he was about to be executed at the Lagos Bar Beach (which later became a popular execution spot of armed robbers and coup plotters in the 60’s and 70’s ) Oyenusi was defiant and unremorseful until his death. He died with a mocking smile on his face. #lagos #barbeach #history #isholaoyenusi #heritage #execution #armedrobber #ASIRIMagazine #robber #historyofLagos #guns
He had such a great amount of confidence in his charms that he grinned the whole distance to the stake and even as warriors pointed their rifles at him and his co-culprits, Oyenusi still transmitted an air of invulnerability.
1. Lawrence Nomanyagbon Anini
For the individuals who developed during the 80s, the name Lawrence Nomanyagbon Anini can never be overlooked as a one of Nigeria’s most famous armed robber who ruled in the old Bendel State, presently Edo and Delta.
Anini otherwise called The Law ruled during the 80s and was bloody to the point that his issue was even examined at the State Security Council meeting in the General Ibrahim Babangida’s routine.
He started out as a cab driver and then became a notorious thief.
He was sentenced to death on March 29, 1987 by justice omo-agege of the Benin high court.
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