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From Shadow to Chaos: Abbey Godogodo’s Reign of Terror, and the Murky Mysteries that Remain



In Nigeria’s storied history of crime, the names Lawrence Anini and Ishola Oyenusi stand as chilling reminders of criminal infamy. But within the murky depths of the criminal underworld, there emerges a figure whose audacity and ruthlessness carved a lasting imprint on the nation’s soul—Abiodun Egunjobi, famously known as Abbey Godogodo, a man who propelled himself from obscurity into the darkest corners of national consciousness.

While Anini and Oyenusi cast their short-lived shadows over regions, Abbey Godogodo emerged as a titan of terror, spanning six Southwestern states—including Kwara and Kogi—under his sinister reign. His calculated campaigns of brutality elevated him to the summit of the Lagos State Police Command’s most-wanted list for over a decade, etching his name into Nigeria’s chronicles of crime.

Born in Atan, Ogun State, in 1977, the moniker “Godogodo,” meaning ‘hefty man,’ took on a sinister resonance as Abiodun Egunjobi embarked on a journey from the fringes of society to the epicenter of criminal power. Abandoned by his family, he found himself in the slums of Abule-Egba, where survival meant selling alcohol and cigarettes amidst the decay. Destiny, it seemed, had other plans, as he became the guardian of a gang’s arsenal of firearms.

The catalyst for his transformation was discontent, as he grew dissatisfied with the paltry rewards of his criminal collaborators. A journey that began as a mere accomplice soon morphed into a relentless criminal enterprise, redefining terror across the southwestern expanse of Nigeria. In the crucible of crime, Abbey Godogodo forged his path, leaving behind a trail of chaos and dread.

His legacy was cemented by one particular operation that sent shockwaves through the nation on September 9, 2012. That day, his gang unleashed an unrelenting wave of violence upon Agege, Ikeja, and other corners of Lagos. Police officers and innocent citizens fell victim to their wrath, underscoring the depth of Godogodo’s depravity. The streets bore witness to shattered lives, while Godogodo reveled in his reign of terror.

Over a decade of rule, this one-eyed robbery kingpin haunted the southwestern landscape, extinguishing lives and plundering law enforcement arsenals. The death toll left in his wake became immeasurable, obscured by the haze of fear and darkness he cast upon his victims. One can only speculate how many souls were devoured by his insatiable appetite for violence.

Yet, in his savage pursuits, Godogodo paid a harrowing price—his very sight. An operation in Ijoko, Ogun State, in 2009, saw him lose an eye during a brutal confrontation with the O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC), a vigilante group. Despite the wounds he sustained, he refused to trust Nigerian hospitals for treatment, retreating to the Republic of Benin, where one of his three wives resided.

But Abbey Godogodo was no run-of-the-mill criminal. His calculated discretion set him apart from his peers who drowned their cowardice in drugs and alcohol. He denied himself lavish indulgences, shunning flamboyance to ensure he remained under the radar. His life was a labyrinth of secrets, cunningly concealed behind a façade of normalcy. Yet, beneath the surface lay a murderer, a thief, and a ticking time bomb of justice.

Arrested on August 1, 2013, at his Ibadan sanctuary, Godogodo’s reign crumbled as operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), led by Abba Kyari, snared him in their net. The headlines spoke of jubilation as the man who had terrorized the nation was finally brought to heel. His arrest became a victory for justice, a testament to the unwavering pursuit of those who swore to protect the land.

But justice, like Godogodo’s crimes, proved elusive and enigmatic. As the years passed, whispers of his trial grew faint, shrouded in secrecy and speculation. The DPP’s records bore no trace of his prosecution, igniting suspicions of a shadowy fate. With the taint of SARS’ dark legacy and the nation’s collective memory of torture and extrajudicial killings, questions emerged about his very existence. Was Abbey Godogodo executed without due process, his tale tragically unfinished?

The story of Abbey Godogodo unravels as a chilling saga of power, violence, and unanswered questions. It’s a tale that pierces the heart of Nigeria’s criminal history, exposing the intricacies of a world where shadows hold dominion. As Godogodo’s tale intertwines with the enigma of Nigeria’s law enforcement and justice system, it remains a testament to the complexities of crime, survival, and the haunting aftermath of terror.

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