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Absence of Evans’ Lawyer Halts trial



Notorious Kidnapping kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, has had his trial before the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, disrupted on Monday as a result of the absence of his lawyer from the court.

Evans’ counsel, Mr Olarenwaju Ajanaku had, in a latter, asked the court for a adjournment because he will be absence from the hearing at the resumption of proceedings on Monday.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye is hearing two separate charges, bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder against the kingpin.

Evans is hearing his separate charges against him, along side five others.

At the last adjourned date, a fifth prosecution witness, Izuchukwu Ezeuko, had told the court of how he travelled from Lagos to Eastern part of the country to drop $1 million ransom to the alleged kidnappers of his employer.

He had also told the court that he agreed to travel from Lagos to the east to drop the ransom in order to save his boss’ life.

Ezeuko had narrated to the court how he paid $1 million ransom in two tranches of $800, 000 and $200,000 dollars to the kidnappers of his employer.

“My boss then spoke to me and said if I want him alive, I should go to the east to deliver money to the alleged kidnappers.

“I went to FESTAC and met Mr Edwin Uduji, the victim’s brother, who arranged the first $800, 000 for me to travel with.

“On October 11, which was the next day, I drove down to the east with the victim’s elder sister, in the east, a voice gave us instructions on how to drop the money,” Ezeuko said.

Another witness, Sergeant Kingsley Harold had also given evidence in the first charge in which Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba, for alleged kidnap of Mr Donatus.

Harold who was led by Dr Jide Martins said after Evans was arrested, he was asked to make a statement at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)office Ikeja but Evans said he was not too good in writing.

The case has been adjourned till October 24, for continuation of trial.


Joshua Oyenigbehin is an introvert who is passionate about Storytelling, writing and teaching. He sees his imagination as an unsearchable world, more magical than a fairyland. He has written a novel and working on another.