‎Notorious kidnapper Evans sues Nigeria Police, IGP

Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike (Evans) speaking to journalists when he was paraded by the Nigerian Police
Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike (Evans) speaking to journalists when he was paraded by the Nigerian Police

Notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans, on Wednesday dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged illegal detention.

In the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans is praying for the order of court to direct the respondents to immediately charge him to court if there is any case against him in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Joined as respondents with Mr. Idris in the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command.

In the alternative, Evans is praying the court to compel the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being charged to court.

According to the rights enforcement suit, Evans is challenging his continued detention by the respondents since he was arrested in June.

According to him, his continued detention without being charged to court or released on bail is an infringement on his fundamental human rights, saying that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

Furthermore, the suit argued that the alleged offences he committed are intertwined with the constitutional safeguards as provided under Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

To support Evans’ case, his father, Stephen Onwuamadike, also deposed to an affidavit in support of the suit.

In his 27-paragraph affidavit, Mr. Onwuamadike averred that his son (applicant) has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.

He argued that the media trial has continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being given the option of fair hearing and trial before a court of law.

According to him, since Evans was arrested, his family members have been denied access to him while journalists and other media personnel have however been granted unchecked access.

PREMIUM TIMES findings however revealed that the matter has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.

But in his reaction, Jimoh Moshood, spokesperson to the Nigeria Police, said that the force had obtained a court order from a Federal High Court, Abuja, to detain the suspect for three months, for proper investigation.

The investigation, the police said, will take operatives to Ghana, South Africa and other places before he (Evans) would be arraigned.

Evans and six of his co-conspirators were arrested and paraded at the Lagos State Police Command earlier in June.

According to Mr. Moshood, the suspects were arrested after officers stormed the kidnappers’ den and engaged in a gun battle which lasted several hours.

Evans was first declared wanted in August 2013 for the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianudo, the owner of a Lagos-based transportation company. Mr. Obianudo survived the attempt, as police officers foiled the scheme, killing three of his gang members in the process.

According to the police, the gang primarily kidnapped victims in Lagos State but have also kidnapped prominent Nigerians from Northern states.


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  • musa aliyu

    Act one Scene one of Evan’s acquittal! Only in Nigeria can a rogue have this gut! Mtchewww!!!!!

    • George

      So in other world you little known like Saudi criminals are killed without court.

      You people should have your muslims country where you people can be killing on first sight.

      • otunga

        YOU ARE AN I D I O T

        • Prince

          Nigerian government,the police and their law court are not serious.We Nigerians are tired and if we cannot fight the government with gun,we have to start with prayers to make sure all of you who have unless our country will die one after the other

  • Frank Bassey

    A criminal kept his kidnapped victims for 6 months waiting for ransom; now he is clamouring for freedom after being held for a few weeks. He should not be in hurry. He will soon find freedom in HELL.

  • T-Rex

    The law indeed is an ass! If it was the then Bakassi boys of Mbadinuju’s Anambra state that got this dude,i wonder which court he would be crying to for a leeway!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    The Police ought to have charged him to court instead of subjecting him to media trial. And, until Evans is pronounced guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, he should be/is presumed innocent.

  • George

    Because of criminals that Courts are built so for him going to court means he is coming back to his senses.

    That means he is now ready to operate within the law which is good aspect of life unlike when he took the law into his own hand.

    And again the law this guy is seeking isn’t made by him so no one should blame him.

    Remember worldwide its only little criminals that suffered and his lawyer is Yoruba man who want to eat from the leftover cakes.

  • HONOURABLE Evans

    Honourable Evans should be left alone in peace and released immediately without further delay. Why detain this VIP when Honourables Saraki, Dongara, Farouj Liwan, Dino Me_Liar, Udume etc are free like the birds of the air? I do not see anything Honourable Evans did that is fundamentally different from what thieving and useless Nigerian Lawmakers, Ministers, Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries, Pension Directors, Head of Customs (Atiku Abubabakar), Past and present Presidents, Vice Presidents, State Governors, Deputy Governors, Thief of Army Staff etc, etc, etc are doing or have been doing. The only bad thin Evans did is that he did not Kidnap top Nigerian thieves and people who have been kidnapping public funds in Nigeria… people like that useless boy called Dmeji who went and borrowed (stole) billions of Naira from UBA on behalf of poor Nigerians under the last regime. May God punish him very very well.

  • Agbo

    What we are demanding is a date to be set for the Secession referendum. Mr Osinbajo or so called Prof Osinbajo, when is the Secession referendum please?

    • SteveOMarcus

      See this one! They are talking of a notorious kidnapper and you are talking Biafra. What is the nexus?

      • Dan Arewa

        It is the same thing Mr. Steve. The notorious kidnapper is a biafran.

        • SteveOMarcus

          So? Biafrans are …………What exactly are you implying? That Biafrans are criminals? Your agitation is making you deluded in your reasoning

    • Emeka

      Evans is just a distraction to the real issue in Nigeria – how gullible these folks in corridors of power manipulate the low thinking of Nigerians. The real issue in the media should have been Buhari and the Jet accumulating millions of waste and scares resources on daily basis, nd above all, Biafraexit, date for referendum or a total over haulage of the Nigeria system. Why this Evans this! Evans that! Worthy of note, Evans is a bad seed and a Biafran, give the Igbos Biafra and Evans, we can handle the situation. Moreover, across the north and west of Nigeria you have claimed that the Igbos are the bad element – why do you still keep them amongst the holy and good north and west alliance?

  • David Adeniran

    Wonders never end! I hope this case will not end up in Justice Ademola’s court which means Evans’ freedom is guaranteed!

    • Frank Bassey

      I disagree. Justice Ademola or the other one ….?

  • Dan Arewa

    Don’t be surprise if this guy got free at the end. I love Nigerian judiciary system. You have money, you are exonerated.

  • Emeka

    Evans is just a distraction to the real issue in this cursed Nigeria and it’s system which have birthed the likes of Evans across all breath and works of life in its decaying existence – how gullible these folks in corridors of power manipulate the low thinking of Nigerians. The real issue in the media should have been Buhari and the Jet accumulating millions of waste and scares resources on daily basis, and above all, Biafrexit, date for referendum or a total over haulage of the Nigeria system. Why this Evans this! Evans that! Worthy of note, Evans is a bad seed and a Biafran, give the Igbos Biafra and Evans, we can handle the situation. Moreover, across the north and west of Nigeria you have claimed that the Igbos are the bad element – why do you still keep them amongst the holy and good north and west alliance?

  • Chinonso Daniel

    Nigeria needs to be prayed for amidst desolate conditions that have been declining the development of the country Nigeria. Nigeria is suffering from bad governance, leaders who are filled with despair, greed and wicked intentions towards their subordinate for their own selfish interest. please the masses should be given equal rights no matter your level and status. God bless Nigeria.