Crime: Kidnap Kingpin, Evan’s Case Adjourned Till Aug 25
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans till August 25, 2020.
Meanwhile, there had been reports from some unverified platforms that the kidnap kingpin was sentenced to death by hanging.
The kidnap kingpin was arraigned before Justice Taiwo with three other defendants Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze, and Udeme Upong over alleged attempt to kidnap the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, Mr Vincent Obianodo.
Evans and other defendants are facing a seven-count charge bordering on murder, attempt to commit murder, attempt to kidnap, sale and transfer of firearms, the offences they all pleaded not guilty to.
When the case came up, the state prosecutor had led in the witness box, the police officer who took Evans statements during his arrest in 2017.
Inspector Idowu Haruna who is among the Intelligence Response Team, of the IGP, revealed that he obtained the statements of Evans under a conducive atmosphere at the State Command of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
He further stated that the statement was not obtained under duress has claimed by Evans.
He noted that his superior officer also countersigned the statements after Evans affirmed the contents.
However, the defence counsels disagree with his testimony and called for trial within a trial.
Evans was the first to charge before the State High Court, with one Victor Aduba on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.
They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.