Evans: Court Pronounces 21-Year Jail Term Over Kidnapping, Extortion



Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, was given a 21-year prison term by the Lagos State Special Offenses Court in Ikeja, on Monday, September 19, for orchestrating kidnappings.

Evans and his co-defendant Victor Aduba were found guilty and given a 21-year prison term for kidnapping Sylvanus Hafia by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.

In court on four counts of conspiracy, kidnapping, and unauthorized possession of weapons were Evans and his co-defendants.

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On June 23, 2014, at around 5:30 p.m., along Kara Street in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, they are accused of planning to abduct Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia and holding him captive while demanding a $2 million ransom.

But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Monday’s jail term is the second sentence against the kidnap kingpin.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi had earlier sentenced him and two others to life imprisonment for conspiracy and the kidnap of the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Limited, Donatus Dunu.

Delivering judgment on Monday, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, held that the prosecution had successfully proved the case of kidnap and possession of firearms against the convicts.

It has been established by the prosecution prosecution witness (PW3, Ahamonou) complainant was kidnapped. The question is kidnapped him?

Pw3 identified identified the first defendant in court while he was giving his testimony. He also recognized him at the police station nearly two months before the matter was taken to court.

He testified that he was blindfolded before taken to the bus. He said ‘Immediately I saw him, I said this was the person that kidnapped me’ I also watched the video where the first defendant admitted to have kidnapped pw3.

The first defendant sat in a comfortable chair and there was no sign that he made the statement under duress.

He was not threatened or harassed. He signed the statement.

He also said how he broke into banks and later graduated to kidnapping. I am satisfied that this court can convict the defendants through his confessional statement.

The judge also held that there was no proof before the court that three of the Evans men were killed by the police.

She also convicted Aduba, based on his confessional statement and held that he should serve out his term without an option of fine.

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