UPDATED: Evans pleads guilty in court, says ‘I’m a kidnapper’

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, the suspected millionaire kidnapper better known as Evans, has pleaded guilty to the charge of kidnapping.

According to Channels, Evans pleaded to the charge on Wednesday when he was arraigned at the High Court in Lagos by the state government.

He was arraigned alongside five others — Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachuckwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba.

Evans, the second and fourth defendants, pleaded guilty, while the third, fifth and sixth defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Adeniji Kazeem, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice who led the state’s prosecution team, stated that the defendants committed the alleged offence between February 14 and and April 12, 2017.

He said that the incident took place at about 7:45pm, along Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Kazeem said that on April 12, Evans and the five defendants, armed with guns and other weapons, captured, detained and collected a ransom of €223,000 from one Duru Donatus for his release.

According to the prosecutor the offences committed is punishable under Sections 411 and 271 (3) o‎f the Criminal Law cap C17 laws of Lagos State 2015.

However, when the charge was read to the defendants, Evans and the second and fourth defendants pleaded guilty to the two-count charges‎ against them while the third defendant, a female, and the fifth and sixth defendants pleaded not guilty.

Evans said: “My Lord I’m guilty”.

After the arraignment, Kazeem asked Justice Hakeem Oshodi to remand the defendants in prison custody.

“We would be asking for remand in custody and also for an adjournment to take trial for those that pleaded not guilty, so that we can come back for facts and sentence of the ones that pleaded guilty,” he said.






     

     

    Olukoya Ogunbeje, counsel to the first, second, third and fifth defendants, said: ‎”We would not be opposing the adjournment. The defence team has just had the opportunity of meeting our clients this morning in court.

    “We were just served the document in the open court this morning, thirdly all the defendants have since been in the custody of the Police and we have not had the opportunity of conferring with them regarding the offences which are capital in nature, we would like to ask for an adjournment to confer with our clients.

    “Before the next adjourned date, we would have confirmed with our client as this is a capital offence. Before the adjournment Justice Oshodi asked the prosecution team leader to disclose his choice of prison, and he answered: “Kirikiri Maximum Prison”.

    However, Justice Oshodi remanded the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth defendants in Kirikiri Maximum prison, while the third defendant was remanded in the female wing of Kirikiri Prisons custody. He adjourned the case to October 19, for trial.

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here


    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement

    Recent

    - Advertisement