Tunbosun Ojo, the leader of a dare-devil armed robbery gang which allegedly carried out multiple bank robberies in Ekiti and Ondo States, says he is happy that Police finally arrested them as it shows that God still has a purpose for their lives.
Confessing while being paraded by the Police authorities alongside some members of his gang, Ojo pleaded for forgiveness from God and Nigerians over their atrocities.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba had in a statement on Thursday said the arrested members of the criminal gang were allegedly responsible for the robbery of three commercial banks in Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020.
During their robbery operations, the Police spokesman said six of their men were killed including innocent citizens while the gang also carted away several millions of naira.
The Police gave the names of those involved as Tunbosun Ojo, 42, Ismaila Ojo, 25, Victor Oyeyemi, 36, Dele Ariyo, 44, Shola Oladimeji, 50, Olubodun Folayemi, 44 and Adeniyi John, 42 years.
According to the Police, the gang were involved “in the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on 7th February, 2020 where four (4) policemen were killed, robbery of a Microfinance Bank in Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State where two policemen lost their lives.”.
The leader of the gang, Tunbosun Ojo opened up on how they operated.
In his words:
“My name is Tunbosun Ojo, we went to go and rob one bank at Oye Ekiti, UBA Bank. When the robbery is going on I lead them to go and pack the money while others are outside.
“At the same time at Idanre I also lead them to go and pack the money while others were outside. The two okada men drive okada around for them to look out if there is anything. At Ile-Oluji I also lead them inside to pack the money.
“At Ile-Oluji when we pack the money, my own share was N1.1million, another person N500,000, another person N350,000 just like that. At Idanre and Oye Ekiti we also shared the money.
“We are many in number but we thank God that police got us arrested because it is the will of God for police to arrest us.
“If not the will of God it will not be so. Because God still has a purpose for us that is why. Because we know that we have already sinned. We have sinned against man and God. We are already begging for the forgiveness of sins from the Almighty God. We already beg for the forgiveness of human beings and God will help us in Jesus name. We use three pump action, one AK 47 and local guns.
“We did not count the total money we robbed. At Ile Oluji, four policemen were killed, at Oye Ekiti, two policemen were killed. I was inside, when I came outside I started to blame them. When I started to blame one out of them fire my leg. This is the leg because I blame them.”
“I joined this business since 2018. It is last year and this year that we got to rob bank.”, he said.
One of the gang members, Dele Ariyo, an Okada who said he is from Edo State also confessed.
In his words:
“I got this job through somebody I know, Shola. He is the one that introduce me to this job through his friend, Sesan. Sesan told me that they want to go to Oye and I took Sesan on the bike. So two of us were in the bike, moving around. Before we got there the operation has started we were just moving round until the operation was finished. After they left, me with Sesan we were now back to Akure. The second day, the money was sent to me by Shola. I collected N200000. That is the first operation that I worked with them.”, he said.