Ishola Oyenusi, Nigeria’s Deadliest Armed Robber was popularly known as Doctor Oyenusi.
On the whole, he was a notorious armed robber, who terrorized the people of Lagos and other neighbouring cities in the 1970’s.
Moreover, Ishola Oyenusi and his gang of six were highly skilled in snatching cars, robbing banks, factories, stores and kílling people like fowls.
Dr Oyenusi, as he was called, was not a doctor by profession but adopted the title for the fun of it.
Note that, evidence lays in a confession he made few minutes before his execution.
Admittedly, he confessed that his parents were not capable of furthering his secondary school education.
Hence, he was forced him into robbery.
So, without having a secondary school education, Oyenusi by no way could have been a medical doctor.
Indeed, Oyenusi started off his robbery career by snatching a car (whose owner died in the process).
Just because his (Oyenusi) girlfriend needed some money.
Despite all that, it was claimed by some sources that Oyenusi was very romantic.
Prove of this, he sold the car at the price of N400 and gave the money to his girlfriend.
It was also said that Oyenusi was hot-tempered and quite arrogant.
During his arrest, he thundered down on a police officer who was ushering him around.
Then he said, “people like you don’t talk to me like that when I’m armed, I gun them down!”
In fact, Doctor Ishola Oyenusi came into the limelight after the Nigerian civil war ended in 1970.
At this time, he robbed banks and people in both daylight and night.
Surely, he never let any of his victims live to see another day;
Basically, he kílled them all!
This as a result, earned him the name “Doctor rob and kïll“.
At the height of his horrific reign, Ishola Oyenusi bragged that “the bullet has no power“.
Perhaps, he forgot that he who live by the sword will surely die by the sword. Oyenusi was so infamous that he was regarded by some people as the “first celebrated armed robber in Nigeria“.
Records show that, after him was Lawrence Anini, Babatunde Folorunsho (Baba oni lace), Shina Rambo, Buraimo Jimoh among others.
On the 27th of March, 1971, Oyenusi was nabbed by the police during one of his robbery operations.
Unfortunately, he and his notorious gang killed a police constable named Mr. Nwi and stole $28,000 as at then.
Cloud of shame hovered above Doctor Ishola Oyenusi.
Following that, he was casted before the law and found guilty.
Finally, he was sentenced to death by firing squad.
Oyenusi confessed that he was not to die alone because he did not commit the crimes alone.
In that case, he vomited the names of other members of the gang which included: Joseph Osamedike, Ambrose Nwokobia, Joel Amamieye, Philip Ogbolumain, Ademola Adegbitan and Stephen Ndubuokwu.
Back then, public execution was the order of the day.
So, when Oyenusi was ushered to the popular Bar Beach in Lagos where he was to be executed, over 30,000 Nigerians were happily and excitedly waiting to see the man.
Finally, the man who had terrorized them gets riddled by hot bullets.
Additionally, it was said that some civil servants even brought a coffin to the execution ground to mock the once mighty robber kingpin who was now nothing but a scapegoat whose breath would be exhausted in any moment.
Trucks carrying Oyenusi and his executors arrived at the execution ground around 10:am.
Slowly, Doctor Oyenusi, his gang members and one other criminal got down.
People jeered and booed them, especially Oyenusi who they had really trooped out to watch him die.
Donned in a dark long-sleeve shirt was Oyenusi with his hands tied behind him.
He was sweating profusely but managed to smile all the way to the stakes.
Surprisingly, he kept smiling, smiling and smiling but could still not hide the agony and terror written boldly on his face.
Few minutes before he was shot, he told journalists that he would not have ventured into armed robbery if his parents were capable of sending him to secondary school.
“I am dying for the offence I have committed“, he added.
Other criminals with Oyenusi were fastened to the stakes.
Similarly, soldiers lined in front of them and aimed their ever-ready guns.
Some of the criminals yelled their last words of protest at the cameras.
Then a tumultuous voice let out the word “fire”!
Sprayed with bullets were the bodies of Oyenusi and the other criminals’.
That was the bitter end of Ishola Oyenusi who lived by the bullets and died by the bullets.
Due to the execution of Doctor Ishola Oyenusi, the streets of Lagos were deserted at night.
Clearly, families locked themselves behind doors for the fear that some of Oyenusi’s boys may retaliate.
Apparently, the name Ishola Oyenusi still remains in the history of crime in Nigeria!
Source: KOJO PLUS