Wednesday, 30 August 2017

'Evans pleads guilty to kidnapping charges' (Photos)

Suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudubem Onwuamadike popularly referred to as Evans has reportedly pleaded guilty to the kidnapping charges leveled against him.

According to Premium Times, he and five of his suspected accomplices were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping at the Ikeja High Court.

According to the government, had conspired on February 14 at about 7.45 pm at Ilupeju, Lagos, to kidnap one Donatus Dunu and collect €223,000 for his release.

 Before their charges were read, Olukoya Ogungbeje, counsel to the defendants, attempted to raise an issue before the court but was shunned by the judge who told him “you can’t control my courtroom, the charges have not been read.” After the defendants took their pleas, Mr Ogungbeje said he had wanted to inform the judge that he had not been allowed to discuss with his clients before the arraignment.

After he pleaded guilty when the first charge was read, there was a slight pause, and then the judge ordered the court registrar to repeat the question. Evans repeated the same answer. He also pleaded guilty to the second charge of kidnapping.

The judge adjourned the case until October 19, with Evans and the other male defendants to be remanded at Kirikiri Maximum Prison until then.

The female defendant, who was the only one who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, is to be remanded at the Kirikiri Female Prison until October 19.

More photos below..

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