‘FreeEvans’ Campaign Angers Nigerians

Channels Television
Updated June 18, 2017

Chaos seems to have risen on social media as Nigerians have been reacting to a #FreeEvans campaign that recently went viral particularly on Twitter.

The campaign follows the arrest of Lagos-based kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, a.k.a Evans.

He was arrested on June 10 along with six suspected top members of his gang at Magodo Estate in Lagos.

The arrest was secured after “an intense gun battle” with the Joint Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team, the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Technical and Intelligent Unit of the Force under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State.

Following his arrest, a twitter user was said to have first used the hashtag and tweeted that Igbos were being victimised.

Since the hashtag began to trend, many Nigerians have expressed their irritation as to why anyone might be in support of a kidnapper.

Meanwhile, what some may have found more infuriating was when a photo of his wife and children (seen in tears, pleading with Nigerians to have mercy on her husband) surfaced the internet.

The 36-year-old kidnap kingpin had been on the watch-list of the Police for about seven years and is reputed to be the most notorious and richest kidnapper in Nigeria.

He is believed to have received millions of dollars in ransom payment

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