Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, the billionaire kidnapper says he’s not a kidnapper, but a dealer who deals in ornaments and Horlicks and not guilty of the two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping brought against him and his five co-defendants.
Led in evidence by Victor Okpara, his defense counsel, Evans denied all allegations of kidnapping levelled against him by the Lagos State Government. insisting he was a legitimate businessman.
He said his nickname 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, extra-judicially killed four individuals in his presence.
“I live at Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo Phase II, Lagos.
“I am a businessman and I deal in ornaments and Horlicks.
“My lord, my name is not Evans and I don’t have a nickname,” he said.
He said before his arrest that he had never met the other accused persons, that he met them for the first time the day they were paraded as members of a kidnap syndicate by the Police at Area F Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos.
The other people arraigned alongside Evans were Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Uche Amadi, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.
According to the prosecution, Mr Dunu was kidnapped on Ilupeju Road, Lagos and the defendants allegedly collected 223,000 Euros as ransom from Mr Dunu’s family.
All the accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Oshodi gave the defence 30 days to file their final written addresses and the prosecution another 30 days to respond to the defence addresses.
The case was adjourned until November 5 for the adoption of the final written addresses.