Olukoya Ogungbeje, lawyer of Chukwudi Onwuamadike, the self-confessed billionaire kidnapper popularly known as Evans, says the police do not have any single evidence against his client.
“Do you know that till date, the police don’t have any witness? Do you know that till date they don’t have any single evidence?” he said in an interview with Premium Times.
“Do you know that till date there is no case file on that case? It is the case we filed in court that put them on their toes; they are now running helter-skelter.”
Ogungbeje denied that the police obtained court order to keep Evans without charging him to court as the law requires, saying that the police have been engaging in media trial of his client without doing their work.
“The time they should have used in investigation, they were busy grandstanding, lying to the public that they had court order,” he continued.
“They don’t have any court order. Tell the Police Public Relations Officer to publish the court order that they have. No court has the power to expand the two days period for which you can detain a suspect.
“This is the first time a suspected criminal will be telling the police, ‘charge me to court’. It has never happened before. And if the police have all the proofs and have concluded their investigating activity, they should charge him to court — not [leave him] in the court of public opinion.”
Ogungbeje filed a fundamental rights enforcement action for the release of his client but Evans later denied that he asked the lawyer to file the suit on his behalf.
However, the lawyer said he has the full support of the Evan’s family to proceed with the case. He also alleged that the police forced Evans to make the statement.
“For the record, the statement he made is a police-induced statement; it’s a police-forced statement,” he said. “It was the police that was talking. They brainwashed him and forced him to make such statements. When we get to court, you will see it will fall like a pack of cards.”
Ogungbeje said he believes that as a legal practitioner, he has the right to represent Evans no matter how grave the crime is, as Evans is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.