Taiwo and Kehinde Ojomo, twin sons of a retired soldier, who use their father’s uniform for robbery have been arrested in Lagos.
They were arrested along with two others, Emmanuel Bamidele and Peter Samuel, whose fathers are also retired Army officers. The gang reportedly specialised in carjacking and robbing passengers.
City Round reports that the twins belonged to different gangs but sometimes joined forces, with either of them wearing their late father’s uniform during operations.
The four suspects were apprehended recently at a hotel in the Idimu area of the state by operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team. The uniform and a locally-made gun were said to have been recovered from them.
The police said the suspects did not come out of hiding until a meeting facilitated by some traders at the Alaba International Market who bought stolen items from them held at the hotel.
It was gathered that they got under the spotlight of the detectives after one of their victims, Abiodun Sadiq whose Toyota Corolla was stolen in August 2020 at gunpoint, petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
“While we couldn’t arrest the suspects because they were hiding at the military cantonments, we went after their trusted receivers at Alaba International Market, arrested them and made them organise a rendezvous.
“The robbers were told that we had a big robbery operation for them and we agreed to meet in a hotel at Idimu area of Lagos. We got there and found them drinking and apprehended the four of them,” a police source said.
Taiwo, 29, explained that his twin brother, Kehinde, lured him into armed robbery, adding that they formed their separate gangs to avoid being caught by the police at the same time. He said the highest he made from operations is N100,000. He stated that they engaged Samuel to sell stolen phones and other electronic gadgets at Alaba International Market.
He said the gang contributed money to buy double-barrelled guns from one Alfred based in Cotonou, Benin Republic. “He brought the guns to Nigeria for us. Unfortunately, police found my gun under the dash board,” he added.
Kehinde claimed that life became unbearable for them after their father’s death, adding that their highway sweeper mum could not cater for their needs. He revealed that he was learning to be mechanic before he met an old friend, Cyril, with whom he formed a three-man gang with Samuel. He also said he introduced his twin to robbery, saying they split because they did not want to get arrested on the same day.
Twenty-two-year-old Samuel, a cobbler, said he joined the gang through Kehinde whom he met four years ago at a joint in Oshodi. Samuel added that he had participated in many robberies, including the one at Oshodi, where a Toyota Corrolla was carjacked.
“Around 9pm we stopped a cab man and told him that we were going to Iyana Iba. We paid the fare without bargaining. Close to Mile 2 Bridge, we forced him to stop and took over the car. We did several operations before I decided to go my own way because we could no longer agree on the sharing formula.
“I formed my own gang and we snatched one Sienna bus. Unfortunately, the police saw it where we parked it and towed it. We cannot go and claim it because we do not have documents. My father is a retired soldier; he currently works as a security officer at Ajah, Lagos,” he said.
Bamidele, an electrician, said he took part in the robberies with the twins and others on Lekki-Ajah Expressway, Airport Road and Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. He added that he was once arrested for robbery and remanded in prison custody for months.