|Kayode Williams: An Armed Robber Turned Bishop by Gistreal(m): Wed 01, June, 2022|
Follow the story: the time in history was the 1970s. Kayode Williams was between the ages of 14 and 17.
He was one of the many young people inspired and trained by the notorious armed robber, Oyenusi (Check this space tomorrow to read the story of Oyenusi).
Before he became an armed robber, Kayode Williams was a responsible, young, bookish lad from a financially comfortable home. His mother was a successful fabric trader who owns a store next to the store of Obafemi Awolowo's wife in Gbagi Market.
But covetousness led him to a gang of young thieves. They send him on errands and tell him to keep the change. The change was usually equivalent to or more than what teachers earn monthly at the time.
When they come back home with currencies that were damaged by bullet holes or stained by human blood, they give it to Kayode Williams to deposit it in the bank. Williams cut a deal with a banker who lived around his area. The banker changes the currencies by taking half of, or more of the total amount.
Within a short time, Kayode Williams had become a full fledged armed robber. His gang was trained by Oyenusi. He was living large on ill-gotten money.
But his mother was his ultimate nemesis.
She reported him to the police when she observed an unsettling dislocation between his age, wealth, and source of income.
Police arrested Williams and his gang. In line with Nigerian law at the time, all his gang members were sentenced to death by firing squad, but Kayode Williams was spared because of the efforts his mother put in to make sure he was apprehended.
Instead of getting a death sentence Kayode Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In prison, he became an evangelist. On June 1, 2001, he got a presidential pardon from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was also appointed as a member of the Presidential Committee on Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation.
Kayode Williams is 69. He is not only a Bishop, but also an evangelist committed to reforming the Nigerian prison system through preaching.
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