Billionaire Kidnapper Evans, Submits New Application Against Government In Court
Popular suspected billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has filed a fresh application asking a Lagos High Court to strike out seven charges of conspiracy, attempted kidnap, kidnapping and murder made against him.
The charges are the second set of a series of charges the Lagos State Government filed against Evans and his alleged accomplices.
In one of the charges, Evans and three others are charged with the alleged murder of Peter Nweke and Chigozie Ngozi who are said to be police officers attached to the Chairman of The Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Amaechi Obianodo.
In another of the charges, the three defendants are charged with conspiracy and the attempted kidnap of Mr Obianodo. The offences were allegedly committed on August 23, 2013, in Festac Town, Lagos.
In reaction to the application of Evans yesterday, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, told Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo that the application to strike out the charges was aimed at frustrating the trial.
Counsel to Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje denied the claim and insisted that by filing multiple charges against his client, one of which is not even backed by a proof of evidence, it is rather the prosecution that is delaying the trial.
After listening to both sides, Justice Taiwo, therefore adjourned the proceedings to March 21. The trial of alleged kidnapping kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, and five others, properly began before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, three months ago with the prosecution calling its first witness.
The first witness, Mr. Anselem Dunu, is the elder brother of the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited, Donatus Dunu, who was kidnapped sometime in February this year.
Mounting the witness box, Anselem narrated to the court how his younger brother was kidnapped and was not released until the family had paid Evans with N100m.
The elderly man also said the N100m was changed to €223,000, which was the currency that Evans and his accomplices demanded.