Gunmen attack PREMIUM TIMES’ editor-in-chief, Dapo Olorunyomi, snatch car

Dapo Olorunyomi was dispossessed of his car, computer, telephones and other personal effects

Four gunmen Tuesday in Abuja trained guns at the head of PREMIUM TIMES’ Editor in Chief, Dapo Olorunyomi, asking him to yield his car keys, his laptop computer, and his cell phones.

“It was like magic…Hollywood-style” said Mr. Olorunyomi, who, now re-learning the basics of common living through a new regime of austere phone use, and increased walking time, humorously said, “the early man obviously had a better life.”

After his official hours on Tuesday, Mr. Olorunyomi dropped off a few colleagues, and checked in on a friend for a late meeting before retiring for the day. As he walked out of the gate of his friend’s home near the High Court Office of Apo District; and made for his car keys from the pockets of his pants, from his right side, two middle aged men announced their presence in gangster-style swagger, pointing their pistol at him.

The environment was quiet, and desolate, but well lit, and Mr. Olorunyomi, tired and drained, said he merely intoned “what a mess.”

Barking rapid orders at him, he quietly surrendered the keys, and when they demanded he empty his pockets he offered them five call cards of PREMIUM TIMES from his pockets, a prize which appeared to annoy the gang leader.

“What is this? Nonsense!” he snapped.

“After losing the laptop and the car, my hope was not to volunteer the little money in my pocket to them again but I just had to be lucky,” Mr. Olorunyomi said.

When the gang leader walked closer, apparently seeking to conduct a more diligent check, Mr. Olorunyomi thought he had gotten to his wits end, telling himself “the game is, finally, up.”

“A man like you have no phones?” the incredulous robber demanded, one step closer to the now silently prayerful editor.

“But that is the key, have the car…” Mr. Olorunyomi, who left his phones in the car, muttered to the agile boss, dressed in black on whitish sneakers, hoping to engage the robber’s mind with the reality of his bigger haul.

On the other side of the car, a lieutenant to the lead-robber seized the car keys and glasses of the editor’s friend after a swift body frisk that yield no further reward.

“It was such a swift but terrifying experience,” said the editor, who recalled that when the ‘boss’ barked, “let’s get out of here,” the two men jumped into his Honda Accord, and, before tearing off, the gang leader eased his head out of the window a little, asking for a last favor of the editor, “please does the car have a tracker?”

The grey Volkswagen car that conveyed the gang for the Rambo raid followed in a flash, almost dropping the fourth robber who played the role of a patrolman deployed to ensure no passerby strayed to disturb the operation.

“Don’t leave me behind, please,” he cried, in hot pursuit of the car as he leapt in to the open rear door.

Dapo Olorunyomi has had many close shaves with men with guns on his head in the past, and of this experience, he said, “I stole a hat of Grace again—again.”


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  • Lanre

    Mr. Olorunyomi, you sounded cavalier, almost uncaring about your security. Is this not the Nigeria of the Dele Giwa’s and Bayo Ohu’s? Please you are doing a good job get some security or camouflage for yourself. Best wishes.

    • Dapsy,
      Congrats for surviving the evil ones on the prowl. Be watchful and prayerful.

  • Oluremi Olu

    It is quite a big
    shame that a patriot like Dapo Olorunyomi had to suffer this kind of fate. Dapo
    is someone who had always fought on the side of right, the oppressed and the dispossessed.
    A lot of people may not know that the democracy and freedoms we enjoy today in
    Nigeria, imperfect as it may be, largely resulted from the heroic struggles and
    sacrifices of Dapo and his colleagues, in the press and the human rights
    community, who refused to compromise truth and stood by it, as a matter of
    principle. In the most arduous and
    repressive of circumstances; while, most of those who are today parading themselves as our
    democratically “elected” leaders, were either hiding in their holes, out of
    fear, or were, riding the military gravy
    train; Dapo not only stood for the
    truth, but also fearlessly told it to power. One is however grateful to God
    that he survived this ordeal. If only our leaders who are today the
    beneficiaries of Dapo’s struggles had taken their assignments seriously, as he
    did his; he, and millions of Nigerians, would not have to undergo the kind of ordeal
    he underwent.

    We are grateful to God that you survived this nightmare, to
    fight another day. More grease to your elbow, Dapo.

  • L

    Dapsy,

    No evil shall befall you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked. For the good you have done for the land, the Lord God will remember you for good according to the greatness of His mercy;

  • Wahab

    Dapsy,

    May God who protected you throughout the Babangida, Abacha years and some funny days at EFCC–when some gun men came to your house- continue to protect you.
    On a lighter note, some ayeeta and aafeeri is in order for what you do o

    The Lord is your strength

  • Rev. James Akinadewo

    My brother, you will fulfil your days and your vision for a New Nigeria realised. Those son of the gun failed ’cause you have a purpose – never truncated. Praying for you. It is well.