- Onwuamadike, the father of nabbed notorious kidnapper, claims to be an honest man who lives very modestly and does not stay around people involved in illegal activities
- He feigned ignorance of his son's criminal activities, claiming to have advised him against such years back
- The suspect's father and family described him as a good son and pleaded with the federal government to forgive his wrongdoings
Stephen Onwuamadike, the father of the notorious richest kidnapper Chukwudi “Evans” Dumeme Onwuamadike, is blaming his son’s notorious antics on Evans' mother.
According to New Telegraph, Onwuamadike claimed Evans had been manipulated by his mother since he was 3 years old.
He claimed to have once been wealthy but had been thrown into poverty by Evans' mother, who reportedly left him penniless.
Onwuamadike. claimed he had no idea that Evans had become so wealthy through such nefarious activities as he had not seen him since 2008 when he had warned him to stay away from illegal activities.
According to the suspect’s father, Evans’ real name is Chukwudumeje.
Onwuamadike’s current wife also shared her husband’s sentiment as she and her son heaped blame on Evans’ mother for how he turned out.
The family described the suspect as a good son who was led astray by his mother.
Pleading with the federal government to forgive his son, he said: “My son is a good boy, but his mother misled him.
“I was devastated when I heard the news through a telephone call; since that call, I had not been able to sleep.
"I believe in a straight forward and honest life. If I noticed someone is not honest, I run away from the person.
“When my business was thriving, I did business with white people. I was one of the early millionaires that emerged from this town until things went wrong courtesy of my first wife in 1985.
“She caused me so many problems and eventually caused my financial ruins. In fact, she brought me down to where I am today. I’m suffering and I can barely put food on my table.
“My estranged wife kept interfering in his academics. You won’t believe that my son, Chukwudumeje (Evans) has not visited home since 2008. The last time I saw him was 10 years ago.
“I asked him the sort of business he was into. He said he was into drug trafficking. I advised him to desist because it was an illicit business and the law was against it. I told him plainly that it was better to be involved in a legitimate business and wait for God’s blessings.
“ I did good business and it thrived; I was very successful. I have traveled to so many countries of the world in the course of my business.
“His mother started manipulating him when he was only three years old; look at where it has got him. I don’t even have his phone number.
“I’m pleading with the Nigerian authorities to have mercy on him and give him a second chance. He was misdirected and misled by his mother.
“I heard about all the millions, and I said to myself, do I have such manner of rich son and the roof over my house is leaking. I now survive by selling pigs.”
Evans’ stepbrother, Chidolie Onwuamadike stated: “As brothers, we don’t even interact at all. I don’t have his number and my heart is pained because he is such a loving, nice guy from the little I know of him.”
According to his step-mother, Mrs Etty Onwuamadike: “Chukwudumeje is a nice boy when he lived with me. The only gift I gave him years back was the Holy Bible. I don’t want my son to die. I’m still convinced he will serve God.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Chukwudi Onuamadike alias Evans, the notorious kidnapper who was arrested in his palatial Lagos mansion, has started spilling names of his high-profile accomplices.
This comes barely 48 hours after he was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
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