Chukwudimeme ‘Evans’ Onwuamadike, popular ‘billionaire kidnapper‘, claims he is a dealer in ornaments and Horlicks and is not guilty of the two-count conspiracy and abduction allegation made against him and his five co-defendants.
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.
He claimed that his nickname was not Evans and that he was forced to confess to being a kidnapper after police killed four people in his presence extrajudicially in an attempt to force him to confess.
“I live at Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo Phase II, Lagos. I am a businessman and I deal in ornaments and Horlicks. My lord, my name is not Evans and I don’t have a nickname,” he said.
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 police at Area F Police Command in Ikeja, Lagos.
Kemi Filani News recalls that 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.
Justice Oshodi allowed the defense 30 days to file their final written addresses, followed by another 30 days for the prosecution to react to the defense addresses.
The case was postponed until November 5 so that the final written addresses could be adopted.