- Chiemeka Arinze, a co-defendant with alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Evans, has died in prison custody
- Arinze was reported to have passed away on Friday, November 26, after he was rushed from the prison to a General Hospital
- The deceased was standing trial alongside Evans on a seven-count charge including murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping
A report by Vanguard indicates that Chiemeka Arinze, a co-defendant of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans is dead.
The newspaper citing a source who pleaded anonymity revealed that the deceased died on Friday, November 26, in custody.
The 45-year-old who has been sick was said to have been rushed from the prison to a General Hospital where he later passed away.
The source went on to note that late Arinze's lawyer had filed a bail application before the court over the defendant's illness.
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In another report by The Nation, sources at Kirikiri Correctional Centre confirmed that Evan's accomplice died due to Cardiopulmonary arrest.
Medical records signed by Dr. Salisu B. E from Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle showed that the deceased suffered from complications of “Advanced HIV.”
Arinze is standing trial alongside the alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Joseph Emeka and Udeme Upong over the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo.
They are facing a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kindap, sale and transfer of firearms.
Kidnappers waylay travellers on Niger road
The incident which took place on Thursday, November 25, occurred along the Beji-Manta Road in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The travellers were waylaid on their way back from the weekly market in the area when the bandits whisked them away to an unknown destination.
Anxiety as bandits invade church again, abduct worshippers
Meanwhile, gunmen believed to be bandits on Sunday, October 31, attacked a church in Kaduna state, killing one and kidnapping at least 60 worshippers.
The incident happened at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji, Chikun local government area of the northern state. The abductors attacked the church while the Sunday service was still ongoing, shooting sporadically.
Reverend John Hayab, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna chapter, confirmed the incident, but couldn't share details on time because of no telecommunications network.