Court Rules That Evans Was Not Forced To Confess

'Provide A Counsel', Judge Tells Evans As Lawyer Fails To Appear

A Lagos High Court Sitting in the Igbosere area has ruled that the confessional statement made by Suspected Kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans was voluntarily made.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye also held that Evans admitted during a “trial within trial” to determine the voluntariness of the statement, that while he was making his confessional statement, there were no chains on his legs and no knife was held over his head.

The judge said, “Once the basic requirements in obtaining statements from an accused person has been followed and no injustice can be said to have been caused to the defendant, the rules of evidence requires that the statement will be relevant and admissible in law.

“I consider the allegations of duress made by the defendant as an afterthought, however, none of the allegations made by the defendant was proved by him.

“Having considered the evidence before the court and having the opportunity to hear the witnesses, I have no reason to doubt the evidence of the prosecution witnesses.

“I therefore hold that the prosecution has established the voluntariness of the statement sought to be tendered.

“Therefore, the argument of the learned counsel for the first defendant in these issues are hereby discountenanced.

“The end result is that the five page statement of the first defendant sought to be tendered as exhibit is hereby admitted as exhibit,” Justice Akintoye held.

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After this ruling, the court subsequently admitted as exhibit the confessional statement made by Evans.

The court has adjourned further proceedings till
Nov 28.

Before that date, the third defendant in the case, Linus Opara, is expected to have put before the court, the Certified True Copy of his medical report, preparatory to his request for bail on medical grounds.

Evans is currently facing two separate charges, before Justice Adedayo Akintoye. The charges border on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder.

In the first charge, Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.

In the second charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

In his testimony on Jan. 16, Evans had told the court that his confessional statement after his arrest sometime in 2017, was made under duress.

He stated that he signed the papers given to him by the police with fear as he did not want to be tortured to death.

The court then decided to conduct a trial within trial to determine the veracity of these claims.

Police Arrest Evans’ Suspected Arms Supplier After Two Years

Police Arrest Suspected Evans’ Arms Supplier After Two Years

 

A team of police officers have arrested a man suspected to be an arms supplier to suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Owuamadike, popularly known as Evans.

Godwin Chinyere, 46, was intercepted by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police, two years after Evans was arrested.

Evans was arrested on June 2017 in Magodo area of Lagos State by the IRT, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

He is facing trial at the Lagos State High Courts of Igbosere and Ikeja and was said to have mentioned Chinyere at the time of his arrest, as his major arms supplier.

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According to a police source, the suspected kidnapper confessed during his arrest that some of the rocket launchers and Ak-47 rifles used by members of his gang in during operations were supplied to him by Chinyere, who he said had contacts with arms dealers in Chad and the Niger Republic.

The source explained that security operatives launched a manhunt on Chinyere at the time they received the information from Evans, the suspect went into hiding after he found out that Evans had been arrested.

He added that Chinyere came out of hiding recently and was trailed to Asaba, the Delta State capital where he was apprehended.

The suspected arms dealer was said to have confessed selling five Ak-47 rifles allegedly to Evans when he was interviewed

He explained that he began selling and making firearms in the year 1990 after he dropped out of primary school and his parents couldn’t afford his school fees.

Chinyere told reporters that he was taught how to produce locally-made guns from his boss who he said have been killed by security operatives for gun-running.

He said, “I learned how to make locally made guns from a village known as Abala and it was one Chinaka Nnawakwo and that thought me the job. I spent three years learning the job before I started making my own.

“I have several customers who were gun-runners coming to buy guns from me in large quantities. I usually sell locally made double-barrel guns for the sum of N10,000 and the single barrel was sold for N6,000, while the locally short guns were sold for N10,000.”

“One of my customers, Samuel Nwakpa, who was coming from the Kaduna State to buy guns from me, was the person who linked me to big arms dealers in Chad and Niger republic.

“They were the people who supplied me the five Ak-47 rifles I sold to Evans which he used for his bank robbery and kidnapping activities. I met Evans when he came to my village to treat his bullet wound and his native doctor Eyinaya Hearth, linked him to me,” the suspect claimed.

He added, “I knew he was using it for armed robbery and for kidnapping. Evans paid me the sum of N1.7million for the five Ak-47 rifles after they were supplied to me in Chad.

“The rifles were concealed in bags of fish and I took my commissions and gave the rest of the money to Nwapka, who also supplied the rocket launchers to Evans.”

Chinyere said before Evans was arrested, he had stopped the business and turned a new leaf, but fled and went into hiding.

“I warned Evans to stop kidnapping when I turned a new leaf but he wouldn’t listen to me,” he lamented.

Alleged Kidnapping: Evans Loses Bid To Stop Trial

'Provide A Counsel', Judge Tells Evans As Lawyer Fails To Appear

 

Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper, Chuwkudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans on Monday lost his bid to stop his trial before the Lagos High Court.

He lost the bid after the Court of Appeal Lagos Division, dismissed three appeals he had filed.

A three-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey held that Evans’ appeals against three rulings of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja lacked merit.

Other Justices on the panel were Justice Philomena Ekpe and Justice Muhammed Mustapha.

In the three appeals, Evans challenged the lower courts’ jurisdiction and sought to strike out and quash the kidnap, attempted murder and murder charges filed by the government against him.

In the first appeal against the ruling of Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja High Court, the first to fourth respondents were the Lagos State Government and Evans’ co-defendants; Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong.

Justice Taiwo, on November 10, 2017, dismissed Evans’ application seeking to quash an amended seven-count charge against him, dated October 26, 2017.

The applicant also challenged the High Court’s jurisdiction in the second appeal, where the respondents were the same.

The appellate court consolidated both appeals and Justice Sankey held: “The appeals are hereby dismissed. The ruling of the lower court is affirmed. I hold that the lower court has jurisdiction to continue with the trial and to entertain all the counts of the charge.”

In the third appeal, the first to fifth respondents were The State of Lagos and Evans’ co-defendants: Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.

Evans claimed that Justice Hakeem Oshodi erred in law when he held that the amended information/ charge dated October 19, 2017, filed by the first respondent, was incompetent without an accompanying or attached proof of evidence as required by law.

But Justice Philomena Ekpe, who read the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal as being unmeritorious.

Justice Ekpe held: “Accordingly, this appeal is adjudged unmeritorious. It fails and is therefore dismissed in its entirety. The ruling delivered by the lower court by Justice Oshodi on November 3, 2017, in suit NO ID/5970C/2017, is upheld. I make no order as to cost, appeal dismissed.”

Evans Trial: Prosecution Moves To Call Femi Falana As Witness

'Provide A Counsel', Judge Tells Evans As Lawyer Fails To Appear

 

The trial of suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans continued on Thursday at the Lagos High Court Sitting in the Igbosere area with the prosecution seeking to add, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana as a witness in the case.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Yakubu Oshoala, who filed an application to that effect, told the court that an issue came up during trial within trial which required the prosecution to call an additional witness.

Evans had told the court that his confessional statement which he made to the police after his arrest in 2017 was made under duress. The court, therefore, conducted a ‘trial within trial’ to ascertain whether the defendant’s statement was actually made under duress.

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Evans is currently facing two separate charges, bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder, before Justice Adedayo Akintoye.

In the first charge, Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.

In the second charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

At the proceedings on Thursday, the prosecutor told the court that during the ‘trial within trial’, Evans mentioned that Falana came to visit him while in police custody but was prevented from seeing him owing to the excessive torture which he was going through.

The prosecutor therefore said he would want to call the SAN as a witness in the interest of justice.

But the counsel to Evans, Mr R. B. Ekeh, told the court that he was yet to respond to the application. Lawyers to the other defendants’ also said that they had not received the application.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye ordered that all the defendants be served with the application.

After this argument, the third defendant told the court that he had a bail application for his client.

The counsel informed the court that he had served the medical director of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, the order made by the court on May 23, in which the director was ordered to issue a medical report on the state of health of the third defendant (Linus Opara).

The counsel had claimed that Opara had a failed operation in prison which might require treatment at a hospital outside.

Justice Akintoye then adjourned the case until September 18 for ruling on the application to call Falana as a witness and for hearing of the bail application of the third defendant.

Evans the suspected kidnapper was arrested on June 10, 2017. He was arraigned a month later before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja on charges of kidnapping.

He was also arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the same court on different charges.

Evans’ Trial: Court Adjourns As Co-Defendant Alleges Failed Surgery

'Provide A Counsel', Judge Tells Evans As Lawyer Fails To Appear

 

The trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans took an interesting turn on Thursday as one of his co-defendants, Linus Okpara told a Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area that he had a failed surgery.

Okpara who is standing trial alongside the suspected billionaire kidnapper is the third of four defendants in an attempted murder case filed against Evans and the others by the Lagos State Government before Justice Adedayo Akintoye.

The defendant who is on remand at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Lagos, alongside the others claimed that a surgery he underwent while in prison custody had failed.

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At the last adjourned date on Thursday, the 16th of May, Okpara’s new counsel, Mr CJ Jiakponna, told the court that his client had a pending bail application because of an unresolved health challenge.

The judge adjourned till Thursday, May 23 for Jiakponna to argue the bail application after he would have served the prosecution counsel, Mr Y. G. Oshoala.

When the case came up on Thursday, Jiakponna did not move the bail application. Rather he moved another application seeking an order compelling the Medical Director of the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison to issue a medical report on Okpara’s state of health.

“The applicant had a failed operation which might require treatment at an outside hospital. If, at the end of the day, the medical report says he can be managed in the prison, we will not be able to move his (bail) application.

“We urge your lordship to grant this application. The law places a high premium on a human’s life.”

The prosecution did not oppose the application.

“In the interest of justice, we will not be opposing the application,” Oshoala said.

In her ruling on the issue, Justice Akintoye granted his request.

“In the absence of any objection to the motion filed on behalf of third defendant Okpara Linus, the Medical Director is hereby ordered to issue a medical report to the court within the next seven days,” she said.

The case has been adjourned to June 27.

‘Provide A Counsel’, Judge Tells Evans As Lawyer Fails To Appear Again

'Provide A Counsel', Judge Tells Evans As Lawyer Fails To Appear

 

The trial of alleged kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans before a Special Offences Court sitting in the Ikeja area of Lagos has suffered another setback.

The trial was again stalled on Friday following the absence of Evans’ lawyer, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, who has been absent from three consecutive court proceedings.

At an earlier proceeding, Mr Ajanaku, through a letter, informed the court that Evans’ family was yet to perfect their brief with him, in terms of financial commitment.

The defendant is standing trial alongside three others – Joseph Ikenna Emeka, 29, Chiemeka Arinze, 39, and Udeme Frank Upong, 43.

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They were all arraigned on seven counts of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to kidnap, and selling of firearms.

Since his arraignment in 2017, the suspected kidnapper has so far engaged the legal services of three lawyers – Olukoya Ogungbeje, Noel Brown, and recently, Ajanaku.

While Ogungbeje discontinued on claims that his life was under threat, it was not clear why Brown abandoned him.

The continued absence of a defence counsel prompted the court to order Evans to defend himself or seek the services of legal aid.

At Friday’s proceedings, the Chief State Prosecuting Counsel, Adebayo Haroun, asked the court to invoke Sections 233 (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) which empowers the court to appoint a counsel for the defendant.

Haroun said, “Where the defendant fails to secure a legal representation, the court has the discretion to order the legal aid counsel to provide a representation for the first defendant, Evans.

“This is the third adjournment taken on the instance of the first defendant. So, we urge the Lordship to invoke section 233 of the ACJL if the defendant fails to provide a counsel on the next adjournment.”

The prosecutor also informed the court that his witness who is a police officer, Inspector Idowu Haruna, attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team was in court to continue his evidence.

Following the submission of the prosecutor, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo ordered Evans to defend himself or seek a new counsel.

The judge said, “I have told you (referring to Evans) the options; defend yourself, get a new counsel or I’ll appoint a legal aid counsel for you.

“This case is not just for you, there are other defendants involved. Therefore, the liberty of the second, third, and fourth defendants, who also demand justice, is also at stake and justice delayed is justice denied.”

“I’ll adjourn this matter till May 10 and by then, the must defendant must provide a counsel.

“However, in the absence of the counsel for the first defendant on the next adjourned date, this court will invoke Section 233 (3) of the ACJL and order the representation of the legal aid counsel for him,” Justice Taiwo added.

The police officer, who had begun his testimony at a previous proceeding told the court that Evans and his gang members shot the Young Shall Grow Motors chairman, Obianuju Vincent, and killed two of his escorts.

According to him, the incident occurred on August 27, 2013, at Third Avenue in Festac Town when Vincent was returning from a game house with his convoy.

Evans’ Trial Fails To Continue In Court

Evans’ Trial Fails To Continue In Court
This file photo shows Evans after he was arrested in 2017.

 

The trial of suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, failed to continue on Friday at a Lagos High Court in the Igbosere area of Lagos.

Evans’ trial suffered the setback because the defence counsel, Chino Obiagwu, did not make an appearance but sent a letter informing Justice Adedayo Akintoye of his absence.

No member of Evans’ legal team, including Olanrewaju Ajanaku, was present.

Consequently, the judge adjourned till March 22 at 10am for the address by counsels for trial-within-trial.

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The adjournment followed a previous one of January 31, foisted on the court by the non-appearance of another defence counsel, Emmanuel Ochai, following which the judge adjourned till March 1.

At the commencement of proceedings, the prosecution counsel, Y. G. Oshoala, drew the court’s attention to the absence of Evans’ counsel and Ochai’s January 31st absence.

“This is not the first time such is happening,” Oshoala said. “The Supreme Court stated that the court is not a slave of time that must wait for a party to come and present his case.”

H added, “We submit that the court cannot wait for them.”

The prosecution counsel also directed the court’s mind to the need to do justice to all parties which included the state, defendant, and the public.

Making an order for adjournment, Justice Akintoye, however, said, “I’ve noted your observation; I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt because the defence counsel is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).”

“I assume he is not just wasting the time of the court,” the judge held.

He also made the same order in a sister case involving Evans.

Evans is facing two separate charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, and attempted murder, before Justice Akintoye.

In the first charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu, and Victor Aduba.

The four were arraigned on June 26, 2018, following the dismissal of Evans’ objection to a five-count of conspiracy, kidnapping, and attempted murder, preferred against them by the Lagos State government.

The defendants and others at large allegedly committed the offences on September 7, 2015, at Seventh Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.

The allegedly conspired and kidnapped one James Uduji, obtained a ransom of $1.2million, and shot him on the shoulder while trying to kill him.

In the second charge, he is joined on trial with Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

Evans Loses N1bn Suit Against Police, Others

Evans Fails To Lay Claim To Property Allegedly Seized By Police

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by an alleged kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwamadike, popularly known as Evans.

Evans had filed the suit against the police over the seizure of his property.

Giving a ruling in the suit on Monday, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case.

She stated that the proper venue to ventilate the suit ought to have been the Lagos State High Court where the applicant was already facing charges of kidnapping.

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The judge also noted that the respondents did not file any defence despite being served hearing notices.

She held that when confronted with a claim under the fundamental rights enforcement procedure, it would be important for the court to critically look at the reliefs sought.

According to Justice Olatoregun, the main issue to be decided is whether the plaintiff’s claim constitutes a violation of his rights under the Fundamental Human Rights (Enforcement Procedure).

She added that the right to own property cannot be denied except for the due process of the law and, therefore, held that the applicant failed to show that, within the circumstances of his arrest, the property were forcefully seized.

“The only conclusion I can draw is that the property was taken consequent upon his trial for kidnapping before the Lagos State High Court,’ the judge said.

She noted further that although federal and state high courts had concurrent jurisdiction, the instant case ought to have been taken to the court where the defendant was facing trial for kidnapping.

“This court must be careful not to interfere with due process of the ongoing trial of the applicant before the Lagos State High Court,” the judge held.

“This court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain this case; same is hereby struck out,” she held.

Evans had through his lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, in June 2018 filed the suit and joined as respondents, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Nigeria Police and the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team.

In the suit, he asked the court to declare that the alleged forceful seizure of his property by the respondents without any court order was illegal and unconstitutional.

The suspect listed some of the properties to include N1billion, two residential houses located at Magodo in Lagos State, a Brigade wristwatch worth $20,000, necklaces worth $25,000, and five pieces of diamond rings.

Also listed were one Lexus 470, a Grand Cherokee, a Toyota Highlander, 85 Samsung television sets, 45KVA generator, 22KVA generator, 20KVA inverter worth N10 million and five sets of freezers.

The applicant had sought an order compelling the respondents to unconditionally release the property.

Evans had also asked the court for an order compelling the respondents to unconditionally unseal and vacate without delay, the two residential houses located at Magodo.

He had urged the court to compel the respondents to apologise to him and pay him N1 billion as damages for the alleged forceful seizure of his property.

He also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from taking any action against him or any of his property in relation to the case.

Alleged Kidnap: No Proof You Were Tortured, Judge Tells Evans

Alleged Kidnap: No Proof You Were Tortured, Judge Tells Evans

 

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court on Friday told suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, that there was no proof that he was tortured by the police.

The judge said this while giving a ruling admitting the confessional statement by Evans on June 11, 2017, into evidence.

Justice Oshodi stated that the 1999 Constitution did not require that statements to the police must be made in any specific form.

According to him, there is no proof that the suspect was tortured to provide details of his alleged misdeeds, based on his videotaped confession played in court on October 26, 2018.

The trial judge noted that the court did not see any coercion directed at Evans in the video, stressing that he asked the investigating police officer to write his statement on his behalf.

He added that the suspect sat on a sofa and said he was a businessman “with a smile” when asked his profession.

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“When the witness for the prosecution was cross-examined, he categorically stated that the first defendant was not tortured when his statement was taken,” Justice Oshodi noted.

He also held that Evans did not provide any evidence to the court to back the allegations of extra-judicial killings he made against the police.

The trial judge said while the court was not unmindful that Evans claimed to have seen people being murdered by the police, he did not prove the allegation and there was no blood seen in the video.

“The statement is admitted and marked Exhibit B,” he stated.

Thereafter, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, asked the court to adjourn due to the absence of the fourth prosecution witness.

On his part, Evans counsel, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, did not object to the request for an adjournment.

Justice Oshodi later adjourned the case till February 22 for the continuation of the trial.

Evans Shot Chairman Of Young Shall Grow Motors, Killed Two Escorts – Witness

Court Adjourns Evans’ Trial Till October
File photo of Evans

 

The Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has heard how suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudume­me Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans shot the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow motors, Obianuju Vincent, in an attempt to kidnap him.

A police officer attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, Idowu Haruna, on Wednesday told Presiding Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo that the alleged billionaire kidnapper and his gang members shot Vincent and killed two of his escorts.

Evans is standing trial with Joseph Ikenna Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze, and Udeme Frank Upong on seven counts of murder, att­­empted murder, conspiracy to kidnap and selling of firearms. The incident was said to have occurred on August 27, 2013 at Third Avenue, Festac Town.

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In his testimony, the police officer, Haruna said investigations revealed that the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors was returning from a game house along Festac Town when his convoy was attacked by heavily armed men led by Evans. During the attack, the chairman was shot in the right arm while his driver, one Mr Peter Nweke, was shot dead. One of his escorts, Chijoke Ngozi (female), was also shot dead.

During a gun duel between the chairman’s police escorts and the gang, three of the gang members were shot dead by Inspector Solomon Igwe, while the rest fled the scene.

“Two rifles belonging to the gang members were later recovered by the FESTAC Police Division, where the case was reported and the corpses were later removed by the police.

The police officer further testified that his team swung into action and immediately arrested Evans who then narrated how the entire operation was carried out.

His narration implicated the 3rd defendant (Arinze) who acted as an informant by monitoring the movement of the Young Shall Grow chairman for four days in order to give a detailed information about his routine.

Evans also named the second defendant (Emeka) as his syndicate in all criminal activities while the fourth defendant (Upong) supplied him with the weapons and firearms.

The presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the matter till January 6, 2019, for the continuation of trial.

My Statement Was Under Duress, SARS Officials Tortured Me, Evans Tells Court

Court Adjourns Evans’ Trial Till October
File photo

 

Suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans says his confessional statement after his arrest last year (2017), was given under duress.

At the resumed hearing of his case on Friday, he told an Ikeja High Court, presided over by Justice Hakeem Oshodi that he was tortured before writing the statement.

He also gave details of how members of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), allegedly tortured and killed several others in his presence.

He claimed that the security agents killed the victims by suffocating them with plastic bags and threatened to do same to him if he failed to cooperate with them.

According to him, after witnessing the execution, some sheets of paper were brought for him to sign by the police.

“After a few minutes they brought 25 sheets of paper for me and I signed them.

“Some things were written on some of the sheets of paper while some were blank, that was how I was forced to sign the confessional statements,” he said.

Evans is standing trial alongside five other persons, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba, on two counts bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping.

The case was, however, adjourned till November 23.

Alleged Kidnap: Judge’s Absence Stalls Evans Trial

Alleged Kidnap: Judge’s Absence Stalls Evans Trial
A file photo of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja

 

The trial of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans was stalled on Friday at the State High Court, Ikeja.

The matter could not continue due to the absence of the presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.

Justice Taiwo was absent to attend an event to mark the new legal year which commenced on Monday.

The case has been adjourned till November 5, 2018.

Evans is facing trial alongside one other on four counts bordering on kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

The accused were alleged to have kidnapped one Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu, holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom of $420,000 from his family.