Wednesday, 4 August 2021

“I’m not a kidnapper, I’m a legitimate businessman” – Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Evans tells court

Outsourced | August 4, 2021

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans has said in court that he's not a kidnapper, but a businessman.

In court on Tuesday Evans denied all claims of kidnapping leveled against him by the Lagos State Government, while insisting that he's a businessman who deals in ornaments and Horlicks.

He claimed that his name is not Evans, neither does he have a nickname. According to him, he was forced to confess to being a kidnapper after police allegedly killed four people in his presence extrajudicially in an attempt to force him to confess.

He said he had never met his five codefendants before being captured by the authorities, except on the day they were paraded as members of a kidnapping gang by the police at Area F Police Command in Ikeja, Lagos.

"I live at Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo Phase II, Lagos. I am a businessman and I deal in ornaments and Horlicks. My lord, my name is not Evans and I don't have a nickname," he said.

Meanwhile, in January 2020 Evans revealed in court that he knows his victims' worth from their looks.

In a video played at the trial of Evans on Friday January 10, alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba over the alleged kidnap of Donatus Dunu, chief executive officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd, the billionaire kidnapper shared details of his victims who paid ransoms in six-figures and in foreign currencies.

Testifying in court before the video was played, the state prosecutor Idowu Haruna narrated how Evans spent the ransoms he allegedly received from his victims.