CRIME: "My Grandfather Made Me A Robber, Gave Me "Juju" For Protection"
Kingpin of a notorous robbery gang operating in Ore axis of Ondo State, Sunday Odina has confessed that his late grand father who was a great herbalist encouraged him to robbery. Odina who has been on the wanted list of the state police command was arrested in his hideout by men of the state Anti Robbery Squad following the arrest of members of his gang by the police
Odina who first opened fire when he sighted SARS operatives had one of his legs battered with police bullets and he was later apprehended and taken to the state CID, Akure
The robbery suspect during a chat with Saturday Sun disclosed that his late grandfather was a great ‘ikuku’ man (herbalist) who used to prepare spiritual protection for armed robbers in his days
According to him, he began to show interest in robbery when his late grand father was using him to assist in burying and exhuming arms used by some robbery gangs
He added that “from there I started gathering experience and later joined a robbery gang when I dropped from SS1 after the death of my grand father.”
Odina who claimed he lost his parents at a tender age of ten said his late grand father also taught him traditional medicine on how to escape arrest through invisible means
His words “My grand father was a great Ikuku man and he used to work for young armed bandits when he was alive and he encouraged me to be assisting those guys to be carrying arms to the bush where they used to hide them.
“It got to a stage when i was following members of a robbery gang to operation and i remembered my old man fortified me more when I got home and I told him i followed the gang to rob a house in a village near Onicha-Ugbo
“He even taught me many traditional medicine that could assist in robbery operation but when he died some years back and there was no means of going to school again i joined the robbery business fully and after operating in Onitsha for a while , I left the city for Lagos and after a while i moved down to Ondo and Edo areas before my gang ran to a police patrol van in Ore.”
On why the juju failed him, Odina said his boys went contrary to what the oracle said.
“That day when we consulted oracle, the oracle said we should not go for the operation but my boys who first agreed with me later went for the operation without my knowledge and they were arrested that day during the operation” , he stated. He said he attempted to disappear into the air when he saw the police but the juju failed him stressing “ I don’t know what happened”
Ondo State police spokesman, Wole Ogodo who confirmed the story said the command is battle ready to flush out all criminals in the state. He added that the command’s latest strategies were designed to reduce crime rate in the state to the barest level.
Daily Sun News, Naij