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Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by Quaritch(m): 1:47am On Apr 03, 2013

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Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by since1914(m): 7:19am On Apr 03, 2013
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He was from there taken to the police command headquarters where the state’s Police Commissioner, Parry Osayande, was waiting. While in the police net.

Sorry to digress, but I couldn't help noticing that the same Parry Osayande that was a Police commissioner 27years ago is still actively in Government today and is even the Chairman of Police Service Commission...Hmmm!
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by brixton: 9:34am On Apr 03, 2013
Frank Unoarumi married my aunt... I rem ma mom telln us he shared a gf wit Anini which led to him bein killd... We al grew up wit Anini tales baq den in benin city.
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by tomakint: 12:30am On Jul 20, 2013

Lie! No be bullet dem use tear im leg before they arrest am?
You dey mind am, Anini wey dem never shoot for where dem tie am for stake wey don already baraje before bullet reach am! I still can't 4get when him and Monday Osunbor shared the last cigarette shortly before they were tied to the stake!
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by princesammmy: 9:52am On Jul 20, 2013
na so
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by IjogzK(m): 10:29am On Jul 20, 2013
ba7man: The Legend of Anini.....When I was young, I heard he drove from sapele to Benin with reverse. That must have been a gross exaggeration.
Your own na Sapele to Benin, me i hear say na Benin to Lagos with reverse.

Back to the topic, I wonder how robbers think sha, when u av a successful operation, can't you just use the money for somfin tangible and never go into crime again ??
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by Mogidi: 11:02am On Jul 20, 2013
Check out the Anini movie on Youtube and its one of the best film ever produced in Nigeria. The actors of Anini the movie should be rewarded with a Nigerian Oscar.

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Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by Itoroetti(m): 11:40am On Jul 20, 2013
Anini oh anini,the most popular name I grow up to hear.
I wish he used his talent well.
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by agent11: 1:16pm On Jul 20, 2013
Olympics never dey that time? Why him no go represent nigeria?

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Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by seleroms: 2:08pm On Jul 20, 2013
Check out this link for the full details of the Anini story
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by seleroms: 2:10pm On Jul 20, 2013
The gangster that seized a Nigerian state
Small things matter, but little attention is always paid to small matter. When Kingsley Eweka, a prince of Benin was about to be shot for armed robbery in mid 1986, he craned his neck on the stake to tell those asking If he had anything to say: “My friend and his boys will avenge my death!” A smile slipped out the cheeks of the questioners: no one knew his friend, and no one wanted to know. It was a matter for laughter, and since they could not laugh, they sneered. But soon, everyone knew Kingsley’s friend in Bendel State of Nigeria.

Yes, Bendel State. There was once a state in Nigeria called Bendel. It was the old Benin and Delta provinces of Western region that was merged on 8 August, 1963 to become Midwestern State, and was changed to Bendel State on 17 March, 1976, That was its name until 27 August, 1991 when it was divided into two: one part named Edo, and the other now called Delta. But in 1986,, it was Bendel, and this was where Kingsley’s friend took his revenge.

The friend was a young man called Lawerence Anini. He was born in 1960 to the family of Owuo quarters in Orogbo village, Orhionmwon area of the state. He was brought to Benin as a toddler where he attended Oza Primary School, and was a known truant while in the School. All the same, he completed the school and got admission to Igiedumu Secondary School. He was there for three years before he abandoned it in about 1976 and started learning how to repair motor vehicles. But he spent only three months in the mechanic workshop.

What happened was that one day, he was caught in the act when he stole N7 belonging to one of his mates in the garage. When he was seen with the money, he said the money was given to him by his mother to buy drugs for her, but when David Isiokherhe, the master of the shop, threatened that “Juju” would be brought to get the money, he confessed that he indeed stole the money. Immediate search revealed that he had spent N2 out of the money, in less than an hour. He was summarily dismissed.

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Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by seleroms: 2:12pm On Jul 20, 2013
When he would be seen later, he had become a lorry driver, even when he was not 18 years old, but very popular, though, because of his expertise on the steering. He was doing this until politics started in 1979 and he became a full-time party thug, reaping bountifully from hooliganism. It was while in this new profession he learnt the use of firearms and quickly became the leader of many of the boys. They gave him another name “Ovbigbo the law”.

So it became easy to switch to armed robbery when politics was banned in early n1984. Business was booming, and he was notorious for reckless spending. Here he met Kingsley, and they became partner in crime. They were both friendly with the police too, and that was why he could not allow his friend to die in vain. Sometime in July 1986, he started the war with the Police, and by August, the Police too began a counter attack.

Two months later, the Police offensive in Benin City against the prevailing mafia –style armed robbery ran, on the night of October 1 to a sudden, explosive climax of gun fire and blood. At about 9pm and about a hundred meters away from a police road block along Ring Road in the heart of the ancient city, rapid gun shots obviously from superior weaponry, broke the eerie calmness of the night.

Just like a textbook replay of any of the deadly efficient attacks of Italy Red Brigade, the notorious terrorist guerrilla group of the late 70s and like the Red Brigade’s victims, who were invariably the cream of the Italian society, the victims of the Benin shoot-out included Commissioner of Police. Yes, the Police Chief was shot!

He paid dearly for the attack as his bullet- ridden private car, a new Peugeot 504 station wagon, wobbled to a halt, a bullet tore though the ridge of his nose. Even so, Akagbosu was two times lucky. Police sources said that the first volley of shot jolted him into a reflex action; he jerked his face sideways from its previous straight forward position to ascertain the direction of the attack. This unconscious act was all the insurance he needed against a fatal tragedy because his head, then turned at a sharp angle, was inches off the course of the bullet aimed at it.


Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by Rukemi291(f): 2:14pm On Jul 20, 2013
Very Interesting. Thanks Op
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by seleroms2: 2:32pm On Jul 20, 2013
He gave six conditions that must be met “for peace to return to police in
‘They are to put a stop to the persecution of innocent armed robbers; a stop to police collusion with NURTW (Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers) and Ogboni cult members; non-harassment by the police of market women returning from village market; abolition of the collection of 5Ok - N5 (by Highway Patron); equal treatment for everybody; and fair treatment for all legitimate drivers by the police.’’
Of course, Anini had an eye on the public for sympathy and support and he thought that his ‘manifesto’ would win for him this, but his chief enemy was time and the police. The police had said they would do everything to get Anini into the cooler. The force quickly replaced Akagbozu, the hospitalized commissioner of police, with Parry Osayande who until then was the Benue State police commissioner. On arrival, the Governor, John Mark Inienger, gave a million naira to the police so that fund would not be the hindrance in the Anini project. And on Wednesday, 15 October 1986, Muhamadu Gambo was appointed the Inspector General of police. With this, the police seemed set to nail the most wanted criminal of the time.
But when the end of his bloody war on the police and people in Bendel State came, Lawrence Anini was a vulnerable man. His gang, the most notorious and feared in the gory history of violent crime in Nigeria was decimated. The frequency of his spine-chilling mayhem had become periodic violent assaults. He, too, must have known the end was near.
It eventually happened. It was a Wednesday, 3 December, 1986. Lawrence Nomayanukpon Anini, a.k.a. “The Law,” Ovbigbo, ended his bloody career in a style that showed graphically that all men are mortal. “I am Anini”, he told policemen in a voice which betrayed a pathological fear of death. “Please, take me to the hospital.” His legs had been perforated by police guns.
As blood gushed out of his shattered left ankle and the badly fractured right
leg, Anini was overcome by fear induced by the acute awareness that only an immediate intervention by man’s modem medical “magic” could save him. The man whose disdain for civilized society and all it represents, and who relied heavily on juju, was willing and ready to seek help from anywhere.
When the police came for him in the afternoon, Anini was, as usual, having a good time with six girls whom the Bendel police boss, Parry Osayande - the man who meticulously plotted his downfall- described as always behind the scenes of crimes’’. He was startled- a clear indication that his uncanny sense of timing and cunning had deserted him. He attempted to flee. But this time, the police were prepared. They rained bulltets on him, concentrating their shots on his left ankle to ensure he would have no chance of “vanishing”.
His disappearance or so-called miraculous escapes from so many scenes of bloody shoot-outs with the police had become legendary. Along with the myth of his callous exploits, the legend was finally and, like his left ankle, shattered.
The police assault, carried out by a 10-man team from the mobile unit and led by Chief Superintendent Kayode Uanreroro, was precise to the finest details. At about 1pm, an informant got wind of Anini’s presence at a house No. 26 Oyemwonsa Street, opposite Iguodala primary school on Murtala Muhammed Way, Benin City. He went to the police command to relate the news.
The pblice reaction was methodical. They wanted to be sure of the information. Misinformation about Anini had led them astray before, earning them public ridicule.
Osayande, who had been in charge of the state police command since October 1 when his predecessor, Casmir Akagboso, was fatally wounded by Anini’s hoodlums, dispatched the informant and sent a woman (disguised as a daughter of the soil) to confirm the information. Fate seemed to have played tricks on Anini; he was still there with his bevy of delectable girls.
As soon as the confirmation was in, the police swung into action. Uanreroro, whom Osayande described as “brave and energetic”, led his crack 10-man team to the area at 2pm and surrounded the house, a nondescript affair with a coat of faded yellow paint. Uanreroro knocked on the door of the room and Anini himself, who had only his underpants on, opened it. “where is Anini?’’ the police officer demanded.
Confronted by the real law, Anini “The Law” knew instantly that he was in serious trouble especially given his near utter state of UnCloth and the cut-off of the only route of escape by Uanreroro. His “vanishing” power must have failed him, but his brain was not “dead” yet.
Anini tried to outwit Uanreroro. He told him that Anini “is under the bed in the inner room,” and attempted at the same time to force his way past Uanreroro. He shoved and head-butted Uanréraro but the police offlcer, who knew his life was on the line, would not budge. Uanreroro reached for his gun, stepped hard on Anini’s right toes and shot at his left ankle. The Bendel king of the underworld staggered forward..
Assisted by some of his men who had moved into the room, Uanreroro grabbed him and placed him in a sitting position. And then, Anini was given a bitter, painful taste of his own medicine. Uanreroro pumped more bullets into the damaged ankle, almost severing it from the leg. This was done to ensure that he was completely incapacitated.
The shock and concentrated impact of the bullets burying themselves in the ankle triggered an involuntary movement in Anini’s body and he jerked forward and rolled on the floor, already red with his blood. He was asked if he was Anini. His anguished reply was: “My brother, I won’t tell you lie, I’m Anini,” He was then carried out, bundled into police landrover and driven to the state police command headquarters, off Sapele Road, where Osayande and his colleagues, Edward Irabor and Donald Ugbuaja (both police commissioners), were waiting.
But something happened during the melee to catch Anini. All the girls who were with him escaped as the police, anxious not to let such a fine opportunity slip away, concentrated on their major prey. The euphoria engendered by the successful operation overshadowed the only major mistake Uanreroro and his men committed.
As soon as. he arrived at the police headquarters, Anini was thoroughly questioned about his real identity by the three Commissioners led by Osayande. Irabor was the first to ask if he was Anini. His poor command of English, made worse by severe pains tearing through his body, made his reply incomprehensible. Irabar resorted to Bini dialect and asked him again. Anini said he was the one, and talked some more. He said that was Monday Osunbor, the deputy leader of his gang arrested four weeks earlier who shot Akagbosu.
Meanwhile, his blood was oozing out uncontrollably and he pleaded with the police chiefs to take him to the hospital. They later obliged him, and he wa taken to the Military Base hospital on Airport road at about 3:15 pm followed by an escort of heavily armed policemen. Before he was wheeled to the theatre for an emergency operation to stop the blood flow, he was presented to pressmen who had converged at the police headquarters immediately after the news of his arrest broke out.
Anini lay flat on his back on a stretcher, his trunk covered with a white hospital cloth soaked all through with blood. He was listless and his left leg with the shattered ankle dangled pitiably. His sorry condition aptly reflected the mighty fall he had taken from the hallow pedestal from which he directed his gang’s bloody assaults on the police and the public.
The operation was very vital as Anini was wanted alive to unravel his mysterious past. “I am doing everything possible to have the police get Anini alive because I think he has something to tell the public,” Governor once said. What the Governor meant was that the merciless criminal should be made to tell all he knew about the involvement of some policemen and their officers with the underworld men. Osayande reiterated Inienger’s concern when he said: “I wanted to find him alive.” He was a bit concerned that Anini might not survive his injuries.
In the same military hospital, 22years old Osunbor, Anini’s henchman, was still recuperating from the wounds he sustained from his clash with the policemen some four weeks before. Only two room separated his own from that of his former crime boss. 24hours after he was caught, Anini had virtually become a cripple strapped permanently to a hospital bird in unfamiliar surroundings. There he spoke publicly for the first time with Osayande, the police boss.
Osayande: have they given you food yet?
. Anini: Yes.
Osayande: when are we going to talk now, today?
Anini: okay, but I would want to get well before I talk. I will talk.
Osayande: what else do you need?
Anini: minerals (soft drinks) and cigarette.
Osayande: I have to find out from doctor whether you can smoke.
Anini: eh! He allowed it. I asked him here and he said I am free to smoke, but no money to buy it.
Osayande: do you know me?
Anini: yes. I do but without you, I don’t think i can make a statement to anybody
Osayande: Without me? Oh, you want me to be here. Okay, I will come. When do we come? Monday (Osunbor) is here, he was lying against you. You don’t know that.
Anini: Was he saying I am the one who killed the policemen?
Osayande: Yes.
Anini: He is the one who killed them. Has he not confessed to you that he is the one who killed them?
Osayénde: kills policemen?
Anini: Yes
Osayande: Did l say you are very humane, that you don’t kill policemen?
Anini: I have not killed a policeman before, I have not killed anybody. I only threaten people. If you like to give me, if you don’t like, okay. But once it is Monday or any other person, they are ready to shoot. But for me, I don’t shoot any person. Eh pa, tell them to buy cigarette for me now?
Osayande kept his promise to give him anything, and ordered Uanreroro, the man who reduced the former armed robbery king to whimpering helplessness, to go and arrange for two packets of Benson and Hedges and two bottles of soft drinks to be brought to Anini. Before then, he gave him eight sticks from his own packet.

Two rooms away, Osunbor. who had refused to talk since he was arrested began to squeal. He said that Anini led their gang because he was instrumental to the arrangement for the steady supply of arms for their operations. He castigated Anini for denying his involvement in the killing of policemen, and pointedly accused him of having masterminded the killing of A. 0. Emojeve, a medical doctor brutally shot at his residence located off Textile Mill Road, Benin city, one evening in October.

According to him, he met Anini less than four months ago
at a “smoke joint” somewhere on Lagos Street in Benin City. Osunbor, described by Osayande as “a sadist, one of the best shots (in the underworld) and very wild even in captivity dropped out of school class three. His luck ran out four weeks ago when he and two members of the gang were shot and arrested by the police. Following his arrest, Osayande told the press that Osunbor was mostly responsible for the killing of policemen.

Before Osayande left the heavily guarded hospital, he again called on Anini, accompanied this time by Abdullahi Shettima, new Bendel police Commisioner, and lrabor. They spoke with Anini for some minutes but no reporter was allowed into the room. It was there Anini dropped the bombshell: he implicated a very top officer of the state police special anti-crime squad who had recently been moved to the Force CID, Alagbon Close Lagos. He was reported to have said that large amount of money were regularly passed on to the officer for his “role as a godfather’ to the gang.

Jubilation in Benin was persuasive. Hundreds of market women sang and danced along some of the major roads. A huge crowd gathered at the
police headquarters trying to catch a glimpse of the man who had put so much fear in them and forced them into early “retirement” behind firmly closed doors in the evening. The joy of the women was particularly understandable because Anini had vowed that he would die in one of the markets in the city and take quite a sizeable number of people with him.

The police celebration of victory was equally unabashed. Lorry loads of armed mobile policemen went round the city in a visceral outpouring of feelings of achievement. The victory dance began at the police command officers’ mess where, for over 20 minutes, Policemen, and their officers “sang” with their guns, shooting incessantly into the air. Their gunshots were accompanied by wild shouts and battle songs. Governor Inienger was effusive in his praise of the police success. He said the police authorities made good their promise that Anini would be in their net before Christmas. He recalled that the mere mention of Anini’s name “drove fear down the spines of every Nigerian because of the myth built around him”

Police inspector- General Mohammadu Gambo was equally elated by the latest development in the battle against crime in Bendel State. When he assumed dirty November 1, he assured the nation that the Anini saga would soon be over.

Even people in Lagos who equally face the menace of armed robbery were overjoyed by the news of Anini’s end. Said Gani Tokun, a businessman: ‘I was about to eat when i heard the news. I could no longer eat because I was so happy”. Foluke Adewusi was not impressed by Anirü’s myth. She dismissed him as a common criminal and said he should be “tried and jailed for a very long time.”
Kola Bamidele, a pharmacist, did not share in the general euphoria over Anini’s end. “i don’t care if he had been arrested. It is nothing to jubilate about,” he said adding that the jubilations would turn sour if they allow him to talk. “I hope his life will be saved.
When the end came for Anini, his famed “magical” mirror which allegedly foretold any impending danger failed miserably to perform. Even his vanishing, powers were put in abeyance by his spiritual protectors who probably got angry with him for messing up their powers with too many women who were, indeed, one of Anini’s proven weaknesses. He used them indiscriminately for his nefarious acts and particularly for his pleasures.

The house in which he met his Waterloo belongs to Jackson Aideyan, deceased, and father of Florence, one of the girls with Anini. When the police pounced on him, he did not have a gun. All they recovered from the room were his gold ring, one wristwatch, a small woven white bag of charms, 16 pounds of 9mm bullets, police and army uniforms, including ceremonial ones.
On Friday 5 December, and to ensure Anini did not die of the wounds sustained when he was arrested, his left leg was chopped off by doctors at the Military Based Hospital, Benin. Before then, he had mentioned the name of one, George lyamu, a Deputy Superintended of Police (DSP) as their major backer in the police force of Bendel state, and when the trial began on 29 December 1986 at the second Bendel State Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, Anini and lyamu confronted each other. lyamu had been picked up since December 4, in Lagos.

Anini revealed how N50,000 was paid to lyamu for destruction of evidences and the rent of guns and ammunitions. He drew out laughter from spectators when he said he did not have any supernatural “disappearing power.”What had been happening was that lyamu informed them of all police moves, and all they did was circumspect or preempt such ambush. Of course, lyamu denied it all, but that did not save him from bagging a death sentence. On Saturday, 14 February 1987, he and eight others faced the music of death from staccato of gun shots. They never lived to tell the story.

But Anini and Monday were not killed on this day, for there was the second case involving them. This case was also quickly dispatched and on Sanitation Day, Saturday, 28 March 1987, at 11:05am, Crime kingpin, “ Lawrence Anini, alias Ovbigbo the Law” died, saying ‘Let me reap what have sown!”

Curled from The Nigerian National Memoirs

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Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by yuzedo: 2:33pm On Jul 20, 2013
bokohalal: Journalist: 'can you vanish?
Anini:' I fit vanish na im I still dey here?'
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by AbuMikey(m): 2:48pm On Jul 20, 2013
Lawrence Nomawiagbon Anini!!
Alias "de law"
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by ShyDare(m): 3:12pm On Jul 20, 2013
Billyonaire: And so will Boko Haram end, someday.
amen bro !
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by OmniSparrow: 11:53am On Jul 21, 2013
ba7man: The Legend of Anini.....When I was young, I heard he drove from sapele to Benin with reverse. That must have been a gross exaggeration.
He drove almost all d way in reverse. That was in his early days b4 he formed his own gang. He was d getaway driver for anoda gang then and was actually a good driver.
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by Gorgeous58(f): 5:49am On Sep 13, 2014
What a story! He remains a legend still.
Re: History Of Lawrence Anini,a Notorious Armed Robbers In Early Eightiesm by todayguest(m): 6:29am On Sep 13, 2014
Sirniyeh: In 1987, I was in FORM 2 and I sincerely know the story of Anini and Shina Rambow, the two fiery international robbers Nigeria's condition bred.
What led to Anini's capture was as a nemesis of betrayal! The police insider betrayed Anini and leaked the secret of how Anini could be captured. He downloaded the whole information about Anini, how womanising he was and how he used to remove all charms when going out without operation. If not no one could capture him because he used to vanish when face with tough challenges.
Police deployed 10 female CID to the town of Benin, especially the hotel he used to patronise. That was how they could capture him. He wanted to jump from window when he was shot. On the day of execution, six Army faced him on the firing square but all their bullets were not penetrating, until he voluntarily ordered them to cut off his left toe before they could kill him. The JUJU worked for him, confirmed
your version contradicts that of the OP. I think, the OP's is more factual than yours.

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