Alleged billionaire kidnapper Evans pleads guilty in court

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

The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and kidnapping before a judge of the Ikeja High Court.

Evans and five others were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

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

He adjourned till October 19.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court 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.

Justice Abdulaziz Anka had initially fixed Tuesday to deliver judgment on the suit but a lawyer to the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force, David Igbodo, appearing for the first time since the hearing began, said he had filed a counter affidavit before the court.

“It will be an injustice for judgment to be delivered without hearing our own side,” Mr. Igbodo, Commissioner of Police (Legal Section), said.

Later, when he spoke to journalists outside the courtroom, Mr. Igbodo said police investigation into the Evans’ case was “almost complete.”

“The case is a very controversial one, it is a sensitive case,” he said.

“The Inspector General of Police devoted time, efforts, intelligence, and strategies to ensure that he was arrested. He beat strategies for the past six years. When he was arrested, it took time for the police to complete investigations and very soon, Nigerians will be made to know what is the next line of action for Evans.”

Mr. Igbodo dismissed claims of the police not having the authority to detain Evans saying they had obtained a remand order from a federal court to hold the suspect in their custody for three months.

“The Inspector of General of Police is a lawyer, in the first instance. He is somebody that respects the rights of every citizen,” he said.

“He has been organising conferences and seminars for the Nigeria Police, both investigators and prosecutors, to make sure nobody is kept in custody beyond 24 or 48 hours without an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

“The Inspector General of Police cannot keep Evans without a court order, there is a valid court order that is still subsisting as I speak with you for three months. You know Evans was arrested on the 10th of June; since when he was arrested till now, it’s not up to three months.


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  • Akpan Bassey

    I have always known that Chief Evans will plead guilty because he is an honourable man. Very much unlike hardened criminals in our Legislative houses and political space who never plead guilty even when caught in the act. Sanusi Lamino Sanusi@Room 23 of Radisson Blue Hotel Ikoyi Lagos Vs Ms Yaro was caught pants down even with recorded conversations as ‘intercepted’ by our own beloved PT, yet Sanusi Lamido Sanusi became King (Emir) of Kanu. He would go on to defraud Kano Emirate and neither his left hand nor right hand was cut off in line with Sharia recommendations

    What about Sarakin & Dongarat? These ‘Oles’ rather than plead guilty run to Aso rock for protection and Buhari is ever willing to shield them. He turns around to tell Nigerians that these men are saintly. But Sir Evans is different. Pushed by society to crime, he admits his fault. He is an honourable man and will make heaven. We all know where Sarakin & Dongarat are destined. The hottest parts thereof!

    • Lanre

      At least for once, I agree with you 101%

      • Julius

        Really , Evans an honorable man ?. . I guess you will be saying that if one of his victim is your relative..abi.

    • thusspokez

      I have always known that Chief Evans will plead guilty because he is an honourable man

      Don’t be daft! He is the opposite of honourable — indeed a first-class coward who decided to plead guilty to escape possible death penalty.

      He is a death-sentence dodger who can’t take his medicine as a man but chose to spend the rest of his life in jail rather than face a firing squad or lethal injection.

      • Zakinzo

        If Sir Evans is an alleged coward as you suggested, what then do we call people like Saraki (Nigerian Senate leader)?.

        • thusspokez

          Go and lie down in a very dark room and think hard, and you shall find the answer to your question.

        • Frank Bassey

          Or the strongman who flee London because of protest by #ResumeOrResign group at Abuja House?

          • femi

            what are you sniffing

          • Frank Bassey

            A strongman fleeing from candle light.

      • femi

        sentence for kidnapping is still death sentence he cant escape

      • Shift Luther

        so Lagos state will sentence a man to death for an offence he committed before kidnaping was made a capital office? in other words retroactively

        • Opekete

          Remember some of their past operations led to the death of some victims even though murder may not be their motive. The fact remains that they are ready to kill instead of getting caught.

    • Julius

      ‘ I have always known that Chief Evans will plead guilty because he is an honourable man’
      Says the biafraudian ! …SAD !!

  • Manmbombano123

    This is suprising

  • Danso

    I hope the so called Senate Leader, Mr Saraki and all other corrupt Nigerian politicians are reading and watching as a fellow kidnapper admits his fault with honour. Evans deserves a national award for coming clean. For me I believe he deserves at least an MON if not a GCON. After all, people like IBB, OBJ, and even killer Abacha are all GCON despite all they have kidnapped (stolen) from Nigeria to build hill top mansions in their home states and abroad. They are actually the pioneer bilionaire kidnappers. Let us not forget MKO Abiola of ITT.

  • Mr Integrity

    This man Evans has become celebrity….

    • Julius

      Of course, so is kanu…biafraud is full of celebrities !

  • Julius

    Send him back to Biafraud !

    • Frank Bassey

      Or to Arewagoat!

      • Julius

        Yeah, typical biafradians , sending your criminals and undesirables to some place else while claiming to be better than others and your love for Ndigbo…right ?

        • Frank Bassey

          You must be talking from an IDP camp where you sleep with underage girls, commit homosexuality and breed Almajiris. Next, you troop to Mecca for cleansing …. and embrace death.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Evans has amply demonstrated that he is genuinely contrite and should, therefore, be shown mercy and compassion.

  • FreeNigeria

    Evans is just honorable as the member of our NASS or any other politicians in Nigeria. They all belong to the same hall of SHAME

  • Frank Bassey

    The hungry, poorly-remunerated lawyers who had expected to feed fat from this criminal are now disappointed. They should look for another criminal.

  • peter

    hmmmmmm

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  • Mizch

    Great news. Evans and all KIDNAPPERS should face the law. Unfortunately, the Federal Government is NEGOTIATING with those who KIDNAPPED Chibok girls instead of bringing them to court. Let justice be seen to be done.

  • Man_Enough

    The biafran hero shall be given a thunderous welcome back home in the land of the rising sun.