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Court Sentences Evans To Life Imprisonment For Kidnapping After Four Years Of Trial

Evans has been convicted on charges of conspiracy and kidnapping.

Lagos High Court in Ikeja on Friday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, to life imprisonment for conspiracy and kidnapping.

Court Sentences Evans To Life Imprisonment For Kidnapping After Four Years Of Trial

Evans Convicted For Kidnapping

Evans was first arraigned on August 30, 2017, alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba over the alleged kidnapping of Donatus Dunu, chief executive officer of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

The six defendants, charged with two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping, were accused of kidnapping Dunu in Lagos on February 14, 2017, and collected £223,000 (N100 million) as ransom from his family.

In all, the prosecution presented four witnesses, including the victim, Dunu while the defence presented six witnesses including Evans who testified in his own defence.

Delivering judgment on Friday, February 25, the judge, Hakeem Oshodi convicted Evans, Amadi and Nwachukwu after declaring the guilty.

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The judge held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charge against the three convicts beyond a reasonable doubt.

He held that the evidence tendered before the court especially their video confessions corroborated their guilt.

The court discharged and acquitted Uchechukwu and two former soldiers of the Nigerian Army, Ifeanyi and Aduba for lack of sufficient evidence linking them to the crime.

In his judgment, Oshodi said they did not show any remorse for their crimes and had tried to “lie their way out of the charges” during the trial.

Oshodi said the Kidnapping Prohibition Law of Lagos state prescribed a mandatory life sentence for any individual found guilty of kidnapping.

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The judge said, “He was seen freely laughing and willingly answered questions. A close look at his body shows no sign of torture. He did not look unkempt. He is seen laughing even when he was told that he must be a rich kidnapper.

“He showed no remorse in the dock and tried to lie his way out of the crimes despite the video evidence. A lesson must be taught. In this respect, the law is the law which must be upheld.

“The first, second and fourth defendants- Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans, Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, are each hereby sentenced to life imprisonment. This is the sentence of the court.”

The judgment comes three weeks after Evans denied being a kidnapper, saying he was forced to accept being a criminal by the suspended head of the Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari.

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