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Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Loses 3rd Bid To Stop Trial

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Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Loses 3rd Bid To Stop Trial

By NG News

The Lagos State Court of Appeal on Monday dismissed three appeals by suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, seeking to stop his trial at two high courts in Lagos State.

A three-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey held that Evans’ appeals against three rulings of the Ikeja High Court were without merit.

Other Justices on the panel were Justice Philomena Ekpe and Justice Muhammed Mustapha.

In the three appeals, Evans challenged the lower courts’ jurisdiction and sought to strike out and quash the kidnap, attempted murder and murder charges filed by the government against him.

In the first appeal against the ruling of Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja High Court, the first to fourth respondents were the Lagos State Government and Evans’ co-defendants; Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong

Justice Taiwo, on November 10, 2017, dismissed Evans’ application seeking to quash an amended seven-count charge against him, dated October 26, 2017.

The applicant also challenged the Ikeja High Court’s jurisdiction in the second appeal, where the respondents were the same.

The appellate court consolidated both appeals and Justice Sankey held: “The appeals are hereby dismissed. The ruling of the lower court is affirmed. I hold that the lower court has jurisdiction to continue with the trial and to entertain all the counts of the charge.”

In the third appeal, the first to fifth respondents were The State of Lagos and Evans’ co-defendants: Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.

Evans claimed that Justice Hakeem Oshodi erred in law when he held that the amended information/ charge dated October 19, 2017, filed by the first respondent, was incompetent without an accompanying or attached proof of evidence as required by law.

But Justice Philomena Ekpe, who read the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal as being unmeritorious.

Justice Ekpe held: “Accordingly, this appeal is adjudged unmeritorious. It fails and is therefore dismissed in its entirety. The ruling delivered by the lower court by Justice Oshodi on November 3, 2017, in suit NO ID/5970C/2017, is upheld. I make no order as to cost, appeal dismissed.”



  1. Metu Nyetu

    July 2, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    IMAGINE THIS MAN’S EFFRONTERY TO PUT up a fight. This goes to show how remorseless he is. His trial should be made swift. And when convicted(i.e. if that ever happens), let him bear the maximum penalty for his crimes and unrepentant poise.

    • Jilo

      July 2, 2019 at 10:24 PM

      Metu Nyetu, Evans case has now become the more you look, the less you see. The reader why his case has never been accelerated is because it has some undertones of some people who are doing this business in collaboration with Evans. I have never witnessed in the history of notorious Armed Robbers in Nigeria that someone like Evans will have a gut to challenge his judgement. If you have been following the history of previous armed robbers in Nigeria, the first armed robbers Oyenusi, Babatunde Folorunsho, later Lawrence Annini and others, their case was decided once and they already knew their fate.

      I won’t be surprised if this guy finally fight off his case up to Supreme Court and wins. In Nigeria don’t say never, you will be shocked when this criminal walk out of prison under the guise of insufficient evidence. Nigeria has become a lawlessness Country otherwise, Evans should be sitting at death row chamber in Federal Penitentiary waiting for an hang man.

  2. uzoma

    July 2, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    His blood money will never buy him freedom. He and his accomplices must pay for the blood of those they wasted.

  3. Olaizo

    July 3, 2019 at 2:04 AM

    Why people no go see kidnapping business as another way out to make a living when they can see someone like Evan’s who is still living large in the cell and fighting to get out ,
    So don’t be surprised if u see more youth doing it oo
    Had it been the law has destroy the whole Evan’s generation to serve as a strong lesson and warning, I swear people go reverse their thought to engage in such act

  4. Fifelomo

    July 3, 2019 at 6:17 AM

    Nay, in a matter of time this case will be swept under the carpet!

  5. Nma

    July 4, 2019 at 6:05 PM

    This Evans case is now turning in to really super story

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