BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
Attempts by kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans to get a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere to quash the two separate criminal charges brought against him by the state government has failed.
The trial judge Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, while ruling on Evans’ applications seeking to dismiss the two new charges of conspiracy, kidnapping, attempted murder, murder and procession of firearms, described the applications as misconceived and lacking in merit.
It will be recalled that Evans had on October 23, rebuffed attempt by the state government to arraign him and others, on the ground that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the charges.
One of the new charges filed before the court has seven counts of conspiracy and the Attempted Kidnap of the Chairman of “The Young Shall Grow Motors”, Vincent Amaechi Obianodo.
In counts one and two, the alleged mastermind, Evans, one Joseph Emeka and another Chiemeka Arinze are charged with the murder of Peter Nweke and Chigozie Ngozi who are said to be police officers attached to the Chairman of “The Young Shall Grow Motors”, Vincent Amaechi Obianodo.
In Counts three, the defendants are charged with the attempted kidnap of Obianodo while in counts four and five, they are charged with conspiracy and the attempted kidnap of Obianodo.
The offences were allegedly committed at about 22.00 hours on the 23rd of August, 2013, along 3rd Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.