The police have yesterday narrated how Kidnap Kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans), attacked and almost killed the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianuju.
Onwuamadike is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, 29, Chiemeka Arinze, 39, and Udeme Upong, 43, on a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, and sale and transfer of firearms.
The prosecutor, Mr Haruna Adebayo testified that the chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors was attacked by the accused on Third Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos in 2013.
“They engaged the chief in a gun battle, and he was shot on his left arm,” Newsmen quoted him as saying.
“Also, one of his escorts, Cpl. Ngozi Chijioke and his driver, Mr Peter Nweke, were shot dead; three among the kidnappers were shot down by the police while others escaped.”
Haruna said the police recovered two riffles and the case was reported at the FESTAC Police Division.
“Earlier, the third defendant, Arinze, surveyed and monitored the movement of the chairman,” the witness testified.
He said the chairman never went out with escorts whenever he went out to play games.
“But on the Aug. 27, 2017, the defendants never knew that the victim was with escort; that was how they met their waterloo.”
“It was discovered that Evans was the Leader of the gang and he ordered the kidnap of the victim.
“It was Evans that organised the firearms and ammunition used for the operation.”
He said that Onwuamadike made a confessional statement that he had been into the crime for a long time.
“He has no other job, this is his means of livelihood,” he added.
Haruna also said that the team discovered that the fourth accused, Upong, sold AK47 riffle to Onwuamadike without knowing he would to use it to kidnap the victim