Chukwudimeme ‘Evans' Onwuamadike, a well-known kidnapper, has revealed that he is a businessman who trades in jewelry and Horlicks, and that he and his five co-defendants are not guilty of the two-count allegation of conspiracy and kidnapping levelled against them.
Evans disputed all claims of kidnapping leveled against him by the Lagos State Government on Tuesday, led in evidence by his defense counsel, Victor Okpara, saying he was a legitimate businessman.
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“I live in Fred Shoboyede Street in Lagos' Magodo Phase II. I'm a businessman who sells Horlicks and decorations. My name isn't Evans, and I don't have a nickname,” he explained.
He said he had never met his five co-defendants before being captured by the authorities, except on the day they were paraded as members of a kidnapping gang by the policee at Area F Police Command in Ikeja, Lagos.
On August 31, 2017, Evans, Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, and Victor Aduba were charged with kidnapping Donatus Dunu, the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd., before Justice Hakeem Oshodi. Mr Dunu was kidnapped on Ilupeju Road in Lagos, according to the prosecution, and the defendants allegedly demanded 223,000 Euros in ransom from Mr Dunu's family. Throughout the criminal trial, all of the defendants maintained their innocence.
The defense had 30 days to file their final written addresses, and the prosecution had another 30 days to react to the defense addresses, according to Justice Oshodi. The matter was postponed until November 5th, when the final writ will be adopted.
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