With the arrest and parade of the suspected kingpins of the Offa bank robbery, facts have continued to emerge about the expensive and ostentatious lifestyles of some of the arrested gang leaders, particularly Ayoade Akinnibosun, popularly known as AY.
A correspondent, who visited Oro (base of most of the arrested suspects), in the Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, found that the suspected gang leader lived big, amidst neighbours, who confirmed his ruthless nature.
Oro is one of the biggest towns in the Southern part of Kwara State, known for its rich culture and enterprising indigenes, who are predominantly businessmen and farmers.
The town is a city in the heart of Igbomina, Kwara State, hosting numerous landmark establishments, prominent among which is the College of Education, Oro.
Many of the impeccable sources, who spoke in separate interviews with a correspondent on his two-day visit to the town, preferred anonymity, owing to the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that some notorious criminals, who had once been convicted, had, in the past, allegedly found their ways back into the community to terrorise those who testified against them.
THE MAN AYOADE AKINNIBOSUN
A middle-aged civil servant, who was a coursemate of two of the arrested suspects – Ayoade Akinnibosun and Ibikunle Ogunleye, popularly known as Arrow – at the Ekiti State University, Oro campus, where they all studied Guidance and Counseling.
The civil servant, who was still shocked to learn of AY’s lead involvement in the Offa robbery incident, said, though he knew him as a political thug, it was a surprise to learn that he was a notorious armed robber.
“Ayo is a very respectful and easy going guy. He was one of the most popular guys on and off campus; he lived large in Oro and the entire Kwara South and he is a lavish spender. I know him to be a political thug; it is, however, a surprise to hear that he is a notorious armed robber. I’m still finding it hard to believe,” he said.
Another former coursemate of the gang leader, who simply identified herself as Tinu, said, “I met AY during our NCE undergraduate days in 2003, a few weeks after gaining admission. He used to be a gentle and easygoing chap, until he was alleged to have joined a cult group and he transformed to a terror overnight..