EXCLUSIVE: How I paid ‘notorious kidnapper’, Evans, extra $200,000 after initial $1 million ransom — Victim

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Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims' location

Alleged notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), collected an extra $200,000 from one of his victims after claiming part of the $1 million ransom was “old money,” PREMIUM TIMES can report.

The victim, who requested not to be named because he did not want publicity, said he paid a total of $1.2 million to Evans and not $1 million as being reported.

“He collected 1.2 (million dollars) from me, not 1 million he’s writing,” the victim, who was among the several people kidnapped by Evans in the FESTAC area, told PREMIUM TIMES in an exclusive interview.

“Because when he released me, there was an agreement between me and him, the day he was releasing me, he said the money my wife gave him, that like 200,000 was old money, that they did not collect it from her, and that the money must be complete. I told him let him release me let me to go and look for the money,” he agreed.

“After one month, he started calling me, he now told me about my son and where my daughter is working and that if I don’t give him the money he’ll come after me. Rather than go through that trauma again, I sent that money to him at Queen’s Suite ( a hotel in Awka, Anambra State).”

Evans, 36, was arrested on June 10 at his posh Magodo home in Lagos, marking an end to a manhunt by law enforcement agencies that lasted about five years.

The police said the suspect, who hails from Nnewi in Anambra State, was the leader of a highly organised kidnap-for-ransom syndicate who terrorised Nigerians in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.

He was first declared wanted in August 2013, after he allegedly masterminded the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianodo, the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, in Festac Town.

One police officer and three kidnappers died in the failed attempt.

The police linked Evans to the kidnap of at least 12 people in Lagos over the past four years, collecting ransoms running into billions of naira.

Last weekend, the suspect’s wife, Uchenna Onwuamadike, pleaded with Nigerian authorities to spare her husband’s life.

The victim who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said he paid the extra $200,000 to Evans through his wife, who travelled to Anambra State to make the payment.

“He told my wife to lodge at Queen’s Suites, Awka. Even while going there people will tell you…. if you ask ‘Where is the road to Queen’s Suites?’ They will tell you ‘Ah! You’re going to kidnappers’ hotel.’ I wonder why Anambra State government has not brought that hotel down because almost all the people he kidnapped from Festac, one way or the other, he will tell him to go to Queen’s Suites. He doesn’t come to Queen Suite, they don’t pay the money in Queen Suite but he will make sure you sleep in Queen Suite as a must.

“In the night he will now call you inside the bush, within Ihembosi and Ozubulu, and collect the money. After collecting the money, he will tell you you must go back to Queen Suite, if you don’t go back there, he will shoot you.

“He forces people to go back there and sleep. What is his connection with Queen Suite? I also asked him that question yesterday because we met him, all the people he kidnapped. Abba Kyari arranged a meeting, brought him out and we asked him questions at State Command, GRA.

“I gave him 200,000 when I came out. Yesterday when I told him he could not deny it, because I told him how it happened, as I narrated to you.”

‘We are not aware’

When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, the management of Queen’s Suites, Awka, said they were not aware of Evans’ activities.

“Definitely, I never knew of Evans anyway,” said Emeka Nwachukwu, the hotel manager.

“Secondly, I never know if he has any ransom that they normally come to pay here. If there is anybody that is coming here to lodge, it’s just for the person’s safety, I am here for the safety of anybody.

“Whoever that came to my hotel to lodge only came for the safety, I never knew of Evans the kidnapper.”

On Sunday, Evans led the police to some of the houses where he kept his victims pending when he collects their ransom – at Jakande Estate, Ejigbo; and New Igando. The team were unable to visit the third location, reportedly at Gowon Estate, Egbeda.

“From what I saw (in the news) yesterday, of the detention camp, it does seem that it was Jakande Estate they kept me,” the kidnap victim told PREMIUM TIMES.


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  • FreeNigeria

    While investigating Evans, the police should also investigate how many police officers were in Evans payroll.

    • Abba Babangida

      I Quite agree with your submission.

    • Kallah Bature

      You may be right. This Evans the devil was full of confidence in his operations without fear of being caught by the authorities.His victims had no chance of being protected by the failed regime of that time.

  • new republic

    I have a lot of respect for Abba Kyari but there is cover up somewhere,no police have been arrested in this case which is not possible,many officers will be on his pay roll,during the time of Lawrence Anini,DSP IYAMU was arrested,I G should transfer this case to Abuja,if we really want kidnnaping to stop in Lagos. AMBODE WAKE UP

    • KBE

      Agreed. Ambode must also show interest in this case and make sure the accomplices are apprehended. Put pressure on the police from Abuja and you will be amazed at the revelations.

      • new republic

        Ok let wait .

    • Abba Babangida


    • Nice

      You are correct

    • Julius

      I agree but, I think they will get there soon . They might even try to kill him in jail to stop him from talking. I won’t take anything pass the police.

  • sammyctu ode

    The IG should conduct a thorough investigations cos corrupt police officers and bank officials are involved plus that useless criminal traditional ruler who’s his juju animal and gets 10 percent of his ransom. I hope the Nigerian Interpol has contacted the Ghanaian Interpol to arrest his wife who is his ransom collector then seize all his houses in Ghana. Meanwhile Ambode should waste no time in bulldoze all his mansions down in Lagos then use the land to build low cost housing for the citizens of Lagos. Between Evans and his wife they were engaged in 419 with each other cos the wife pocketed $200, 000 dirty dollars.

    • Julius

      No, those houses should be given to the people that paid him ransoms ! . I agree, his wife is also involved. It’s a family business. Igbo kwenu !!

      • Obi Mickel

        they shoul cut his 2 hands ?i dnt knw why police no shoot his leg sif na small arm rubber they shot them

  • Julius

    iafrauddddddddddd !!! Na family business oooo. I bet ipob and mossob dey get their own cut too. That hotel manager and the owner of that hotel should be arrested and prosecuted as an accomplice !! I won’t be surprised if Evan is the owner of that hotel or part of the owner. Hard working successful people my ass !

    • Dazmillion

      Please what about the fulani herdsmen that kidnapped your father Olu Falae and even went back there yesterday and had a shootout with policemen.

      • How is your master Aribisala doing? Has he been weaned off feeding bottle?. Poor souls.

        • Dazmillion


      • Julius

        What da hell this has to do with Evan and the hotel where he uses to collect his ransoms ?. You dey well so ?

  • Amir

    Evans was a PDP member, simple.

    • isaaac omafuaire

      Hahahahaha… Na which faction Evans dey for PDP? Is he with Sheriff or Makarfi?

  • thusspokez

    “After one month, he started calling me, he now told me about my son and where my daughter is working and that if I don’t give him the money he’ll come after me. Rather than go through that trauma again, I sent that money to him at Queen’s Suite ( a hotel in Awka, Anambra State).”

    I would kill him rather than give him that amount of money. $200,000 could pay for hiring up to 20 professional (albeit 3 will do) hit-men from Western Europe, US or Eastern Europe, smuggle them into the country, to take him out.Job done!

    • MilitaryPolice01

      lol my G. Your anger is understandable. These criminals deserve the worst treatment

    • Julius

      lolz, it ain’t that easy bro..oh I wish it could be !

  • Aminu Mahmoud

    Evans can even contest for BIAFRA Presidency after serving his jail term in Nigeria.This is because vices like kidnapping is traditionally allowed in Biafran culture.

    • Prince Kanu

      …and terrorism is your forte!

    • Comfortkay

      Point of correction Evans was arrested in Lagos state and Lagos State government has a law against kidnappers that is he will die.

      • isaaac omafuaire

        Thank you so so much. Evans must have his filthy limps amputated before he head to the gallows..

      • Obi Mickel

        if lagos state goverment free him it means Ambode will loose 2nd time election by God grace bcos no any law against the kidnaper anymire as a case study.that ,new legacy childrens will have it in mind that they will become kidnaper in future bcos kingpin free with rule and regulations in lagos state ….look at uk as a reference in london now anybody attempt terrorist kill at the operation no sympathy …state governor human being watching you this is not matter of cliford orji free during his tenure . sale human being seller were many across the country bcos he is free
        part seller they are many now pls this real kidnaper kill him no choice to kill him , whn he did drug bussiness he betray them he escape it evans he is a real arm rubber .God of gabriel will punish him and in family including his honest father….anofia u want to spoil citizen of anambra

    • uche roberts

      I would rather be kidnapped and live than be beheaded or killed in indiscriminate suicide and IED slaughter in hypocrite bokoharam republic of northern Nigeria.

  • Kevin Peter

    The good thing is that the poor are always left off the hook of kidnappers. Just like high profile treasury looters, high profile kidnapping must be stopped cos they all form part of corruption!

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Then your ear must not be on ground. Where were you when tomato and pepper sellers were being kidnapped while their families were forced to part with sums ranging from 20K naira to 70K naira. No one is exempt

  • MilitaryPolice01

    The FG should as a matter of urgency set up a Strike Force comprising the Military, Police, DSS and trained Vigilante Special Forces and equip,train and dedicate them strictly for the purpose of proactively identifying these kidnappers and taking them out with ruthless impunity. A police force with a generic approach to all crimes will no longer suffice, a unit has to be dedicated to effectively tackle this malaise once and for all