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Absence Of Prosecution Witness Stalls Evans Trial



The on-going trial of alleged kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans was on Thursday stalled before the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere due to the absence of the prosecution witness.

The trial judge, Justice Adedayo Akintoye was forced to further adjourn the case till September 14 after the prosecution counsel, Adebayo Haroun said the witness, a Police Inspector, would be available to testify today.

Haroun told the judge that the Inspector was engaged elsewhere on official assignment.

“The witness is on another assignment. But he will be here tomorrow,” the lawyer said.

The accused person, who was arraigned before the court on two separate charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder, had on May 25

Evans was docked by the state alongside three others: Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba in one of the charges filed before the judge.

While in the second charge, he is being tried alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

According to the charge, the accused persons committed the alleged offences on September 7, 2015, at seventh Ave. Festac Town, Lagos.

The charge also stated that they conspired among themselves to kidnap Chief James Uduji, collected a ransom of $1.2 million dollars and attempted to murder him.

They were further accused of been armed with firearms and attempted to kill Donatus Nwoye by shooting him on his hand.

It also stated that the accused persons attempted to kill obe Jereome Okezie by shooting him on his hand and head.

The prosecutor insisted that the offences contravened Sections 230 (a) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charge.

LEADERSHIP recalls that Evans was arrested by the police on June 10, 2017 and was first arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for kidnapping in August 2017.

He was later docked before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the same court for similar offences.





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