Facebook users and some small online media houses claimed that a notorious kidnapper popularly known as Evans has been sentenced to death by hanging.
Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, the notorious kidnap kingpin popularly known as Evans, has not been sentenced to death, as his trial continues in court.
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Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans has been sentenced to death by hanging.
After spending over four years in jail, the billionaire kidnapper, Evans has been sentenced to death today by a High Court sitting in Lagos.
Evans was arrested by the now demoted police officer; Abba Kyari in June 2017 for kidnapping, and he was charged for murder and kidnapping.
Meanwhile, Evans’ lawyer has vowed to appeal the court decision in a higher court.
Evans, who is he?
Evans, also known as “billionaire kidnapper,” was arrested in Lagos state by Nigerian Police Force operatives in June 2017. He was born Chukwudi Onuamadike in Nnewi, Anambra State (NPF).
The “most wanted, vicious, and highly notorious” kidnapper had been linked to several high-profile kidnapping cases in the country before his arrest, with foreign nationals, traditional chiefs, and wealthy businessmen among his victims.
Evans usually worked with two different gangs to carry out kidnappings: one to carry out the abduction and the other to transport the victim to a safe house, according to the police report.
In August 2017, he was arraigned before an Ikeja High Court judge on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping, along with five others: Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, and Victor Aduba, for the alleged kidnapping of Donatus Dunu, the CEO of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd.
Evans pleaded guilty to the crime and has been remanded in custody by the court at Kirikiri Maximum Prison. His trial has been adjourned numerous times.
On January 22, 2021, the notorious kidnapper who is the first defendant in the case made a U-turn and denied having Evans as his nickname, claiming that he is simply a businessman forced to sign a “confession” by the police.
In March 2021, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court gave the prosecution in Evans’ trial a “last chance to put its house in order” as the case was still being delayed.
Evans’ last court appearance was in June 2021, when his trial was halted because the kidnapper’s witness “could no longer be reached via phone,” according to his lawyer.
Verification on Kidnapper Evans Sentenced To Death!
When Ejes Gist News checked Google for the latest on Evans’ trial to verify the claim, but no credible media has reported on his “death sentence.”
In June 2021, the most recent report on the case stated that the trial was stalled due to the absence of a prominent witness, whose name was not disclosed. His lawyer, Oyekunle Falabi, claims he could not reach the witness via phone.
“Normally, my lord, we are prepared to proceed, but I am surprised that the first defendant’s (Evans) witness is not present.” My lord, we’ve even called her in as a witness, so I’m surprised she’s not here.
I’ve been attempting to contact her by phone, but her line has been disconnected. Evans’ lawyer told Justice Hakeem Oshodi, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and seen in Premium Times, “I am praying that the court should give us a short date.”
One of the co-defendants in the Evans case, Joseph Emeka, told Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court that he was “losing his sight,” according to a NAN report published by The Guardian Newspaper in November 2021.
And then there’s the fake video.
The video shared on social media to mislead people about Evans’ trial, as well as the claim that Evans has been sentenced to death, was taken from a video interview with the billionaire kidnapper by Channels TV, which was uploaded to their Youtube channel on June 15, 2017.
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