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Evans Fights Back, Co-defendant Wins N2m Damages Against Police, Bail |RN

..Tells judge, ‘You cannot hear my case’

..As court awards N2m damages against police

From: Lukman Olabiyi

Attempt by the Lagos State Government to arraign suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans on two separate charges, on Monday, suffered a setback, as the defendant rebuffed his arraignment before the State High Court, in Igbosere.

The inability of the court to take his plea and others defendants, made Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, to adjourn the trial till October 27, to hear the applications filed by Evans, challenging the court’s jurisdiction to try him.

One of the charges preferred against Evans and others included an attempted kidnap of the Chairman of The Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Amaechi Obianodo.

Evans’ counsel, Olukoya Ogungbeje seeking to quash the two charges and eleven counts filed against him .

According to Ogungbeje, the court had no jurisdiction to hear both charges.

In one charge, Evans and second defendant Victor Nonso Aduba are standing trial on four counts of conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms .

In the second charge, he and three others are facing seven counts of conspiracy, attempted kidnapping, kidnapping, murder and attempted murder.

The second to fourth defendants are Joseph Ikenna Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Frank Upong.

Meanwhile, reprieve on Monday came the way of one Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechina, the brother-in-law of Evans as the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, entered judgment against the Nigeria Police in the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the applicant.

In the judgment yesterday, Justice Mohammed Idris, declared Obiechina’s arrest and his wife, Onosube detention unconstitutional, holding that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates’ court was invalid.

Apart from ordering the police to immediately release applicants unconditionally or charge him to court if they have any case against him, the court also awarded N2m damages in his favour against the police.

Justice Idris also ordered the police to tender a public apology to Obiechina to be published in two national dailies.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the Nigeria Police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were joined as co-respondents in the suit.

In the suit, the duo claimed they had been in detention since June 2 owing to their relationship with Evans.

The application seeking to quash the two charges before state High CourtIgbosere, was brought pursuant to Section 55 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015 and Sections 36 and 6 (6) (b) of the Constitution.

It was argued that all 11 counts in the two charges were bad for duplicity, grossly defective, a gross abuse of court’s process and does not disclose a prima facie case against the defendant.

Specifically, Ogungbeje claimed that counts 1, 2 and 3 in the first charge filed against his client, do not disclose any prima facie case as there is no evidence of death in the proof of evidence in the information filed by the prosecution.

Besides, he said counts 4 and 5 constitutes a gross abuse of court’s process as similar charges on the same offence of kidnapping had earlier been filed by the prosecution against his client in charge numbers; LD/5962/2017 and ID/5970/2017

That counts 6 and 7 of the charge is a gross abuse of court process on the same offence of firearms had earlier been filed by the prosecution in charge number; LD/5962C/2017.

It was further that Evans has been erroneously charged with a Federal offence and under a Federal law by the Attorney General of Lagos State.

He was consequently arraigned alongside five members of his gang by the Lagos State Government on a 2-count charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping.

However, in its counter-affidavit, the State Government contended that the charge numbers; LD/5962/2017 and ID/5970/2017, referred to by Evans separate and distinct from the new charges.

It was further argued that the 2nd to 4th in the new charge are not defendants in charge number; ID/5970C/2017.

That apart from the confessional statements of Evans, arms and ammunitions were recovered from him and his cohorts.

Government said the charges were valid and competent having satisfied the provisions of the relevant laws and that it has enough evidence to proceed against Evans

It was further claimed that the application is vexatious and calculated to delay and frustrate the trial of Evans.

The court has adjourned hearing of the application till October 27.   (The Sun)

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Evans Arraignment: Heavy Security Presence At Lagos High Court |RN

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Evans with his counsel and other accused

From: Lukman Olabiyi
The Lagos State Police has beefed up security within and outside the State High Court, as billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumebi Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans arrived for arraignment.
Evans and one other arrived the court’s premises at 9.00 am, they will be arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on charges bordering on kidnapping.

As at 7.30am, no less than 30 heavily armed mobile policemen were spotted within the area of the court , others were startegically positioned at entrance of both Igbosere road and back of Tafawa Balewa Square, on Lagos Island.   (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Judge Adjourns Evans, Others Trial Till Nov |The Republican News

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From: Romanus Okoye

A lagos High Court hearing the case of notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise called Evan at Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, has adjourned the matter to Friday, November 3, 2017.

Evans and five others were brought to court this morning in cuffs.

During the Thirsday trial, Evans and his five co-accused all pleaded not guilty to the chargesn brought against them.      (The Sun)

Details later……

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I’m Guilty, Evans Pleads In Court Under Police Instruction |The Republican News

…He was coerced to plead guilty, lawyer alleges

By Romanus Okoye and Lukman Olabiyi

The notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans and his five accomplices were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court, Ikeja presided over by Justice Hakeem Oshodi on two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

While Evans, Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu pleaded guilty, Ogechi Uchechukwu, ChilakaIfeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba, pleaded not guilty.

However, Evan’s lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, alleged that his client was forced to plead guilty to the charges preferred against him and others by the Lagos State Government.

Ogungbeje, who has been representing him in his N300 million fundamental rights suit against the police, said his client may have pleaded guilty under duress or after heavy brainwashing. He said: “The law must take its full course and the coming days will determine the way the matter will go. But we must put it on record that we were not allowed access to our client by the police. It was this morning that we had time to talk with him. By law, we need time to go through the accusations and prepare our defence or even decide whether we can defend him.”

However, the Attorney General Lagos State, Kazeem Adeniji, who was in court told journalists that he was satisfied with the proceedings. He said that while the court would continue with the trial of the three that pleaded not guilty, the evidence of the others who pleaded guilty would be presented before them before the court will determine their conviction and sentencing.  

On his part, the head of the legal team, Police Commissioner’s office, David Igbodo, said more charges would follow between now and October 19, the adjourned date. According to him, it was one, out of the 10 files submitted by the investigation that the police IG approved the two charges filed in the court.

The six accused persons entered the court under the protection of heavy security at 8. 56 a.m. After the proceedings, a heavy crowd awaited the departure of the defendants who were shielded from journalists.

The IGP team, led by Mr Abba Kyari, arrested Evans three months ago through the efforts of three women suspected to be the kingpin’s girlfriends namely; Amaka, Ijeoma and Ngozi.

The operatives were said to have discovered that Evans was very close to Amaka and he rented an apartment for her in Okota area of Lagos State.

On discovering that Evans was sleeping in Amaka’s house on a regular basis, they decided to use her to lure him but the kingpin on perceiving that Amaka had been arrested by the police avoided her as much as he could.

 Luck, however, ran out on him as an informant in Magodo informed the police that he had located Evans’ apartment. Evans, according to the report, was very elusive as he was aware that the police were on to him.

According to the source, Evans, who was unaware that those police operatives had located his Magodo apartment, contacted Amaka.

The source said: “He was said to have called her on the phone around 4:15 am, without knowing that some policemen were with her and asked her to wait outside her compound to meet him.

“She reportedly joined him later at the spot and as soon as she got into the car, he attacked her, threatening to kill her for not informing him about the police presence in her house.

“Evans was said to be angry and drove away with her in his Grand Cherokee SUV and they had an accident at Iyana-Ipaja area where he abandoned the vehicle, seized Amaka’s phone and asked her to go home.

“It was from there that he picked a cab to his residence at Magodo to pick some few things towards travelling out of the country. Thereafter, we swooped on him and arrested him inside his bedroom.”

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Ogungbeje statement

“After the purported guilty plea of our client and the court rose. We stressed to have brief discussion time with our client and ‘he told us clearly that the police told him to plead guilty failure to which the police would kill him.

“This is definitely unconstitutional and we intend to challenge the procedure for hoodwinking, undue influence, brainwashing and coercing on an accused into entering a guilty plea against his wish and freewill.

“He pointedly told us that being informed now, he will change his ‘police motivated guilty plea’ to ‘not guilty’ at the next adjourned date.

“It is settled law that plea of guilty must be made voluntary and direct devoid of any influence, coercion and manipulation.

“In the meantime, after our brief conferring with our client in open court, he made it known to us that he will change his police motivate guilty plea to not guilty at the next adjourned date. We have a responsibility to assist the cause of justice in accordance with the law.”   (The Sun)

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Evans Was Moved To Abuja, Police Explains Why |The Republican News

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By Our Reporter

The police yesterday explained why the alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, was moved out of Lagos State Command to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

A senior police officer who did not want his name in print confirmed that Evans had been moved out of Lagos by the Police. He stressed that he was only moved from the Lagos State Police Command to Police Headquarters Abuja, from where he would be taken to Ghana and South Africa for further investigations.

“You know that we got a court order to detain Evans for three months and the reason is to enable us to conclude investigations, which will take us to Ghana and South Africa. That was the reason we moved him to Abuja. The rumour making round was that he has vanished. No, Evans is still in our custody. He did not vanish.

The clarification by the police came on the heels of a report in Saturday Sun, yesterday, which carried the banner headline, Evans Vanishes, buttressed with these bullets: Billionaire kidnapper’s whereabouts unknown; 30 heavily armed men move him out of Lagos at midnight.

When the story hit the newsstand and the website of The Sun, readers were quick to express umbrage over the headline.

Interestingly, the headline was a classic one done in the global tabloid news tradition to give the story an exciting touch.

It is to be noted that one of the meanings of the word, ‘vanish’ is, “sudden movement out of sight or inexplicably.”

It is also to be noted that the police had given briefings after Evans was arrested and also taken journalists to his Magodo home and Igando hideout. When the police decided to move the kidnap kingpin out of sight, it fuelled suspicion.

In the wake of the dust raised by the story yesterday, and to douse public anxiety, the Police Headquarters issued an official statement through the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who said: “Evans is intact in police custody. He did not vanish anywhere.”

The officer in-charge of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Assistant Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, who corroborated the remarks of the police spokesman added: “In accordance with the 90-day remand order from the Federal High Court, investigation covering three countries is in progress. We cannot joke with the security of Nigeria. So, Evans has not vanished, he is in our custody.”

A lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje had on behalf of Evans instituted a lawsuit against the Inspector-General of Police and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over what he termed illegal detention of the alleged kidnap kingpin.

In the suit, Evans allegedly made a claim of N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for “illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial.”

Few days after the lawsuit became public, Evans categorically denied the court case, claiming that he did not brief the lawyer to initiate any litigation on his behalf, stating that he preferred to remain in the protective custody of the police.

He said he might be killed as he had stepped on many toes if he were to be released.  (The Sun)

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Arrested Notorious Kidnapper, Chukwudi Onuamadike Begs For Forgiveness

By Ike A. Offor

Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike

 

 

The notorious kidnapper, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, aka Evans, who was recently nabbed due to the efforts of Nigeria police force has pleaded for forgiveness for his crimes.

Evans, who is married with five children said that he will change and become a born again Christian.

He also said that his wife is an accomplice to his crimes. In his own words: ‘my wife knows what I do and she sometimes collects the ransom money for me’.

He confessed that kidnapping is not the only crime he has been involved in. He is involved in drug trafficking and other crimes.

According to him, it all started in the year 2000 when he fled his hometown Opi, in Nsukka LGA, Enugu state, after stabbing his girlfriend who turned down his marriage proposal.

In his confession, Mr Evans said that his mum has never been to his as she is against his kind of lifestyle and ways. She has in some occasions persuaded him to quit such life. Also said that his mother has never visited his home

Meanwhile, in another interview with his father, who was once a millionaire said that his estranged wife, the mother of Evans caused his downfall from rich to rags. He said that she lived an extravagant lifestyle and was the one who lured or pushed his on into such lifestyle that led him into criminal activities.

Mr Dumeme claimed that he never killed any of his victims, and once collected $1 million from the family of a kidnap victim.

‘I started in Anambra state during the tenure of Peter Obi as the governor of the state when a hunch man introduced me to kidnapping’, he said.

We were later forced to leave Anambra state and moved to Edo later Lagos. I had boys

‘I had boys from Warri, Delta state who worked for me. The first job I got in Lagos was at Johnbulls Ikoyi as a driver to the CEO. One day we were going to his office and my boss said that he wanted to visit a friend. The moment he stepped into his friend’s house, I took the sum of N350,000 he had in the car and ran away to Ghana’ he continued.

I later returned to Nigeria after few months and avoided Ikoyi where my ex-boss office is situated. I then got a new job as a driver in the fashion I did before.  I also stole N600,000 and eloped to Ghana again.

I returned to Lagos in 200 and used my old method to secure another job as a driver at the home of the first family I kidnapped their daughter. When I realised that they are very rich and loved their daughter deeply. I took the girl to Ghana from where I demanded a ransom of only N20m but the girl’s father paid N22m instead. I then freed the girl in Ghana

Once I got this money, I ventured into an extravagant lifestyle and bought a house in Ghana. Then, I bought over five exotic cars and a truck. I began to show prominently in social functions where people hailed the way I was spending money.

I spent over N2m on orphanages and local primary schools in Ghana. The Deputy Nigeria Ambassador to Ghana and other prominent Nigerians were also in attendance at the handing over ceremony of my donations

Early this year, I was arrested along with my wife, in Lagos. We were brought to the court but we later regained our freedom due to the power of my money and connections.

I have to admit, I have done wrong and I have caused pains to several families but I want to live and pay for my evil crimes.

I heard several stories about SARS and their operations but I never thought that I would one day be brought here for reckoning.

I need a day in court to apologise to every family I have caused pains and offended and ask for forgiveness.

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