by Hauwa Gambo
In the 90s when robbers and 419ers were superstars in Nigeria and you heard everyday of the exploits of Eze Ego and Fred Ajudua, one name stood tall – Shina Rambo.
He was a famous armed robber all over the South-West, seemingly immune to arrest or punishment, even as he killed and maimed.
Well, old things are now passed away, and he has become new.
According to Pastor Segun Braimoh, who leads the Lagos branch of Word of Life Bible Church, Shina Rambo (real name Omokenwa) will be preaching at the Lagos Island Power Crusade themed ‘Divine Visitation’.
The crusade will hold from August 2-4, 2012. The venue? Appropriately so, it is the popular Oluwole Park, popular for forgery and fraud in the metropolis.
Omokenwa – referred to now as Evangelist Shina Rambo – has reportedly been a minister of God for a while now since his release from prison, coordinating a prison ministry that aims to convert ‘area boys’ and more serious criminals across Lagos.
According to Braimoh, he will be sharing his testimony of conversion at the three-day crusade.
Evangelist Shina Rambo, whose real name is Omokenwa, has agreed to share his testimony of conversion “and preach the undiluted Word of God” at the three-day event which will also have representation by the Oba of Lagos.
However, there are many media observers who insist that the real Shina Rambo passed on many years ago and this one is an impostor.
Speaking to journalists via telephone, Evangelist Rambo said his father is from Abeokuta, and his mother is from Sabongida-Ora in Edo, which is where he was recruited into crime and this wielded his terror across the South-West.
He recalled that he handed himself over to the police, was convicted of his crimes and served for 11 years at Agodi Prison in Ibadan – which is where met the Lord after a prison encounter with the famous Prophet T. O. Obadare.
“If He could locate me from the pit of darkness where I sojourned, and now in Christ,” he said. “He will deliver the country from bad leaders who make things difficult for the masses.”
Praise the Lord.