The trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, the alleged kidnapper on Wednesday at an Ikeja High Court, Lagos was stalled due to the absence of a witness who was to testify in his defense.
Oyekunle Falabi, Evans’s counsel, told the court that their witness, could no longer be reached via phone.
He said: “My lord, ordinarily we are ready to go on, but I’m surprised that the first defendant’s (Evans) witness is not in court.
“My lord, we have even put her through as a witness and I am surprised that she is not here.
“I have been trying to reach her on phone but her line is switched off. I am praying that the court should give us a short date,” he said.
The other five co-defendants; Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba’s counsel agreed with Mr Falabi’s request for adjournment.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi had no choice than to adjourned the case until June 29.
Oshodi responded thus: “All other defendants should bring their witnesses on that day so that the day will not be wasted.”
Evans while testifying in his defense on January 22 while being led in evidence by lead defense counsel, Victor Okpara, had denied all allegations of kidnapping levelled against him by the Lagos State Government.
He said that his name was not Evans, that he has no nickname and that he was coerced into admitting being a kidnapper after the Police, in a bid to make him confess, killed four individuals in his presence.
He also said that he met his co-defendants; Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.
for the first on the day they were paraded as members of a kidnap syndicate at Area F Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos by the Police.
He said: “I live at Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo Phase II, Lagos. I am a businessman and I deal on ornaments and Horlicks.
“My lord, my name is not Evans and I don’t have a nickname,” he said.
He said that prior to being apprehended by the authorities, he had never met his five co-defendants.
Evans and the other 5 defendants were arraigned before Justice Oshodi on August 31, 2017, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping of Donatus Dunu, the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd and collection of 223,000 Euros as ransom from Mr Dunu’s family.