Evans: Police deny being under pressure

Evans kidnap kingpin
Kidnap kingpin, Evans, paraded by security operatives [Photo: Punch Newspapers]

The Nigerian Police Force on Monday said they were not under pressure in the handling of the case of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said this on Monday morning while featuring on a talkshow on African Independent Television, AIT.

Mr. Moshood was reacting to concerns raised by Nigerians, especially on social media, about the seeming slow pace with which the police have handled the case thus far.

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

The suspect 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.

Since Evans’ arrest, he has made startling confessions about his alleged kidnapping exploits, among other criminal activities.

Many Nigerians have, however, raised concerns on why the Police are delaying his (Evans’) prosecution.

But Mr. Moshood, in his reaction, said the police are not under any pressure over the case, saying there are related issues the police are still investigating, including criminal cases involving the suspect in Ghana and other African countries.

The spokesperson also advised Nigerians to be wary of social media reports, which he said were often based on hearsays and not authentic information emanating from the police.

While explaining that the police would do everything within its capacity to ensure proper investigation and prosecution of the suspect, Mr. Moshood noted that the police have no power over the decision of the court on the case.

He called on other Nigerians who may have evidences against the suspect to assist the police and the court in the administration of justice.

Mr. Moshood, however, noted that the police are not under any pressure from anywhere.

“We are not under any pressure and we won’t be,” he said.


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  • Charge them to court and let them plead their case. The judge will deny bails and order them to remain in custody. All on camera. Police telling us that they have court order to detain Evans isn’t good enough. Let’s see the legal proceedings on live TV.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      And any judge that grants them bail must be urgently referred for an extensive check at the Psychiatric ward and reassigned after the medical check

      • George

        Have they done same to boko haram cases that has received bails.

        or the senator Goje that the police found assassination documents in his house.

        • MilitaryPolice01

          Evidence of Evans atrocities is blatant and stares us straight in the face, his trial is a slam dunk, for such a high risk criminal a bail will be the height of judicial rascality. He has not denied his diabolic crimes and has corroborated the testimonies of many of his victims. Boko haram suspects (not holding brief for them) all claim innocence hence the need for lengthy trial, so does Danjuma Goje who says the documents found in his place implicates Shekarau and not him.

          • George

            Are you saying that the police man that allowed sokoto kabiru escaped during their fake investigations which GEJ government sacked that Buhari government recalled back to police, gave him higher promotion and then retired him is okay and do you believe in your mind if that police officer is to be an Igbo person or even your Yoruba brother he will be recalled, promoted and retired with full benefits.

            Because of insincerity that God sent all kinds of sickness Phanrol and Egypt.

    • “Honorable” Abbah B Ibrahim

      Have u sin the Serx pishure and videos of current Senator from Yobe state – “Honourable” Abbah Buka Ibrahim? It is a wonderful serx video that has set internet alight. PT is covering up by deleting all comments relating to it and refusing to publish the story that has recieved 69,000 reviews in 4 hours. And this Senator just came back from Hajj in Saudi Arabia and is never owed Salaries like the poor teachers and our policemen who risk their lives everyday. But because we are not a country, nothing will happen to him.

      This is why we need a Niger Delta Republic, A Biafran Republic and other Republics asap! Secession referendum please. I have had enough of this ZOO!

  • George

    I want someone to sincerely answer this question.

    God forbid but who do you prefer among the two criminal below to visit you;

    Badoo boys

    OR

    Evans boys.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      I don’t think anybody with a sensitive human heart and fully aware of the havoc both of these group have wreaked on their numerous victims will respond to this comment of yours that makes light of the situation. Ordinarily I would not have responded to you but I think it is imperative that someone tells you to put childishness aside and be a man.

  • “Honorable” Abbah B Ibrahim

    Have u sin the Serx pishure and videos of current Senator from Yobe state – “Honourable” Abbah Buka Ibrahim? It is a wonderful serx video that has set internet alight. It is on utube right now. View it and you life shall never be the same again.

    PT is covering up by deleting all comments relating to it and refusing to publish the story that has recieved 69,000 reviews in 4 hours. And this Senator just came back from Hajj in Saudi Arabia and is never owed Salaries like the poor teachers and our policemen who risk their lives everyday. But because we are not a country, nothing will happen to him.

    This is why we need a Niger Delta Republic, A Biafran Republic and other Republics asap! Secession referendum please. I have had enough of this ZOO!

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