The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans,wednesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy and kidnapping before a judge of the Ikeja High Court.
Evans and five others were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.
The judge ordered that all the male defendants be remanded at Kirikiri Maximum Prison while the female defendant, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, be kept at the Kirikiri Female Prison.
He adjourned till October 19.
You may recall that on tuesday, a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court adjourned till September 5 to hear arguments from Evan’s lawyer and police lawyers on why on the fundamental rights application brought by Evans.
Justice Abdulaziz Anka who initially had fixed tuesday to deliver judgment on the suit but had to move same to Sept 5 following the argument by a lawyer to the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force, David Igbodo, appearing for the first time since the hearing began, reminding the learned judge that he had filed a counter affidavit before the court.
“It will be an injustice for judgment to be delivered without hearing our own side,” Mr. Igbodo, Commissioner of Police (Legal Section), said.
Speaking to Journalist later Mr. Igbodo said police investigation into the Evans’ case was “almost complete.”
“The case is a very controversial one, it is a sensitive case,” he said.
“The Inspector General of Police devoted time, efforts, intelligence, and strategies to ensure that he was arrested. He beat strategies for the past six years. When he was arrested, it took time for the police to complete investigations and very soon, Nigerians will be made to know what is the next line of action for Evans.”
“The Inspector General of Police cannot keep Evans without a court order, there is a valid court order that is still subsisting as I speak with you for three months. You know Evans was arrested on the 10th of June; since when he was arrested till now, it’s not up to three months