by ‘Jola Sotubo
A leader of a notorious robbery gang has been arrested by police in Lagos and is said to share a remarkable resemblance with dreaded robbery kingpin, Abiodun Ogunjobi aka Abey Godogodo.
Rafiu Ayinde, 23, was revered by his gang members and feared by the public due to the similarities he shared with Godogodo, most notable of which is his one bad eye.
Ayinde said he had participated in 6 robberies before he was apprehended by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Sun reports:
He however claimed that ever since Godogodo became a public figure, anyone he attempts to rob will never resist because they felt that he (Godogodo) has escaped from prison again.
In an interview with Saturday Sun, Ayinde who is the son of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain in Lagos said he may look like Godogodo but he is yet to reach the kingpin’s level of notoriety. According to him “Please, don’t relate me with the armed robbery kingpin Godogodo. I have not reached that level.
People are calling and addressing me as Godogodo’s junior brother to my greatest surprise because I have one eye, I am not his brother not to talk of being a member of his gang. The difference is very clear. See, I don’t know Godogodo. I have not reached his level. I have been hearing of him but I have never come close to him.
“Even if we are from the same state, because it is God, the creator who decides where one will come from in this world, we are not from the same place. I am from Ijebu Igbo but Godogodo is from Abeokuta.”
Unlike Godogodo who lost one of his eyes to bullets during one of his robbery operations, Ayinde said he lost his in a motorcycle accident. “When I got accident with the commercial motorcycle, the side mirror broke to pieces and destroyed my right eye.
The exhaust pipe of the motorcycle also wounded me on my left leg. I was hospitalized for many months but at the end of medical treatment I lost one of my eyes. It is this one eyed face that my colleagues saw and started calling me Godogodo’s junior brother.
“I am an armed robber but I am not as dangerous as Godogodo. Godogodo and his gang members use AK47 rifles but I and my gang members use locally made guns. Our pilot (driver) does not use gun.
We are five in our gang and four of us use a gun each. You can see that there is a big difference between my gang and Godogodo’s gang. We don’t kill policemen, we don’t kill our victims. we don’t rape victims. We are not as violent as Godogodo and his gang members.”
On why people were calling him Godogodo’s junior brother he said, “People are just calling me Godogodo but I don’t know him. I belong to a different gang not Godogodo’s gang. My gang members used to call me Godogodo’s junior brother but I am not his junior brother.
Even the so called Godogodo does not know me. May be it is because I am a one-eye gang leader lilke Godogodo who. I don’t want to be in Godogodo’s shoes. They are too big for me. I have repented. I will not be an armed robber again. I regret participating in an armed robbery operations that brought about my suffering. I am not a wicked robber.”
On how he was arrested he said, it was a SARS team led by Supol Adetarami Adegbehin that stormed their den and arrested him. “I should have escaped if SARS operatives had not come close to me and pointing gun at me and warning me not to run or they will kill me”, he added.
When contacted to confirm Ayinde’s confession, the state police public relations officer, Ngozi Braide said the suspect has been cooperating since his arrest, adding that the other four at large will not escape the dragnet already spread for them.