Bil­lion­aire Kid­nap­per, Evans Ar­raigned, Pleads Guilty

THISDAY - - NEWSEXTRA - Ak­in­wale Ak­in­tunde

After 82 days in po­lice de­ten­tion, the sus­pected bil­lion­aire kid­nap­per, Chuk­wudumeme On­wua­madike, pop­u­larly known as Evans, was yes­ter­day ar­raigned be­fore an Ikeja High Court.

Evans who was ar­raigned by the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment be­fore Jus­tice Ha­keem Oshodi along­side his ac­com­plices on a two-count charge of con­spir­acy and kid­nap­ping, how­ever, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Ar­raigned with Evans amid tight se­cu­rity within and out­side the court premises were Uche Amadi and Ok­wuchukwu Nwachukwu who also pleaded guilty to the charges.

Oth­ers are Ogechi Uchechukwu, the only fe­male among them, Chi­laka Ifeanyi and Vic­tor Chuk­wunonso Aduba who all pleaded not guilty.

Jus­tice Oshodi or­dered that all the male de­fen­dants be re­manded at the Kirikiri Max­i­mum Prison while the fe­male de­fen­dant, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, be kept at the Kirikiri Fe­male Prison.

The pros­e­cu­tion team led by the La­gos State At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, prayed the court for ad­journ­ment till Oc­to­ber 19, 2017 to lay down facts be­fore those who pleaded guilty and sub­se­quently sen­tence them. While trial would com­mence for those who pleaded not guilty.

Evans had raked in mil­lions of dol­lars as ran­soms paid to him by his vic­tims’ fam­i­lies be­fore his ar­rest on June 10, 2017, in one of his man­sions at Magodo, La­gos State.

The no­to­ri­ous kid­nap­per had through his coun­sel, Olukoya Ogung­beje filed for the abuse of his fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights be­fore the La­gos Divi­sion of the Fed­eral High Court.

Evans had con­tended that his con­tin­ued de­ten­tion since June 10 with­out charge amounted to an in­fringe­ment on his fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights.

He ar­gued that the re­spon­dents ought to have charged him to court in line with Sec­tions 35 and 36 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

A 27-para­graph af­fi­davit in sup­port of the mo­tion de­posed to by Evans’ fa­ther, Stephen On­wua­madike, averred that the ap­pli­cant had been sub­jected to me­dia trial.

The fa­ther had said the me­dia trial and news or­ches­trated by the re­spon­dents con­tin­ued to gen­er­ate re­ac­tions in both print and elec­tronic me­dia with­out his son be­ing af­forded fair hear­ing and trial be­fore a court of law.

Jus­tice Ab­du­laziz Anka had ad­journed till Septem­ber 5 to hear ar­gu­ments from Evan’s lawyer and po­lice lawyers on why he should not de­liver judg­ment on the fun­da­men­tal rights ap­pli­ca­tion brought by Evans.

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