- Suspected kidnapper Evans' case has been adjourned till August 25
- Evans was arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on Monday, August 17, with three other defendants
- The accused was the first to be charged before the state high court with one Victor Aduba on a four-count charge
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The special offences court sitting in Lagos has adjourned further hearing of a criminal trial of an alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, till August 25.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Evans was arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo with three other defendants Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze, and Udeme Upong over alleged attempt to kidnap the chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Obianodo.
Legit.ng gathered that they are facing a seven-count charge bordering on murder, attempt to commit murder, attempt to kidnap, sale and transfer of firearms, the offences they all pleaded not guilty to.
The newspaper noted that when the case came up, the state prosecutor led in the witness box the police officer who took Evans statements during his arrest in 2017.
The police officer, Inspector Idowu Haruna who is among the Intelligence Response Team, of the IGP, told the court how he obtained the statements of Evans under a conducive atmosphere at the state command of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
Inspector Haruna denied the claims of Evans that his statement was obtained under duress, arguing that the statements were read to him after documentation and his superior officer also countersigned the statements after Evans affirmed the contents.
The defence, however, disagrees with his testimony and called for trial within a trial.
Evans was the first to be charged before the state high court with one Victor Aduba on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.
They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some residents of Life Camp area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja raised alarm over increasing cases of kidnapping in the area.
It was reported that the residents mostly living in Manreng, Winning Clause, Canaan, Dabo, Lias, Kingstown and Katsina Estates all located in the area, were said to have returned to their houses before 7 pm for fear of being waylaid by the gunmen.
They said armed men take advantage of a sharp bend and bushes between Dabo and Katsina Estates to waylay residents, and shoot at motorists to force them to stop and kidnap them.
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