Police To Arraign Evans For Kidnapping, Murder Today
Barring a last minute change, the police will arraign the notorious kidnapper, Chukwudi Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, today on 52 charges.
It was learnt that the charges bordered on murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.
It was learnt that Evans would be arraigned alongside his gang members at the Lagos State High Court.
A senior police officer, who confided the development in one of Punch correspondents, said Evans would face similar charges at the Edo State High Court.
The source said, “Investigation into crimes committed by Evans has been concluded before the expiration of the 90 days remand order granted by the Federal High Court.
“Evan’s first case is the kidnap of Mr. Donatus Dunu in Ilupeju, Lagos whom he collected N150m ransom from. The case will be coming up in Ikeja High Court 18 before Justice Oshodi on Wednesday (today).
“Evans and 15 of his gang members have so far been arrested and are facing 14 substantive cases (10 in Lagos and four in Edo State), carrying 52 charges of multiple murders, armed robberies, kidnappings, unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition, among others.”
The source stated that the charges were prepared by the Force Legal Department and the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions before the state High Court and Edo State High Court Benin.
“Wednesday’s case is one of the 14 cases. Evans and five of his gang members who participated in Mr. Donatus Dunu’s kidnapping will be arraigned.
“The remaining 13 cases relating to 13 more victims and other gang members of Evans not yet arraigned will come up on subsequent dates that the respective high courts and Federal High Court will schedule,” he added.
However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed that Evans would be arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Wednesday (today).
The police on June 10, 2017, arrested the kidnap kingpin in Lagos after five years of trailing him.
Evans, a native of Anambra State, was arrested in his Magodo residence by the operatives of the Inspector -General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
Security forces said Evans had been responsible for many high profile armed robberies in the South-West and South-East parts of the country.
He was said to have collected billions of naira as ransom from his victims, including expatriates, business moguls and public office holders.
Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday failed to deliver judgement in a N300m fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Evans.
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