Nigeria / An offender who terrorizes a whole state, arrested!
It is often said “many days for the thief and one day for the owner”. In this case, it is about a kidnapper and not a thief. Well, they are all the same group of crooks. So it was that operatives of the Assistant Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari-led Intelligence Response Team, in conjunction with officers of the Lagos State Command, have apprehended a notorious kidnap mastermind, Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike, aka Evans.
Evans, who was said to have coordinated several kidnappings in Lagos and Ogun states, was nabbed in his Magodo mansion on Saturday, June 10th.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, recently said apart from the two states, Evans was also wanted in Edo, Delta and Anambra states.
He was arrested around 1pm after continuous shootings in Magodo.
An officer said, “Evans is the most notorious high profile kidnapper in the history of Nigeria. He has collected billions of naira as ransom over the last seven years as the kingpin of kidnappers. He was arrested today (Saturday) in his Magodo mansion, Lagos.
“Evans, 36, is a native of Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State. He kept his victims for six to seven months in captivity until when the families paid about N400m ransoms in installments before the victims were released.
“Several wealthy Nigerians living in Festac and Amuwo Odofin areas of Lagos relocated to Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island and left their mansions empty because of Evans. He also has kidnap gangs that operate in Port Harcourt (Rivers State), Bayelsa and Delta states.”
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Mashood Jimoh, who confirmed the arrest, stated that six gang members of the suspect were also apprehended, adding that they would be paraded soon.
“He was arrested in a joint operation led by IRT under the supervision of the Lagos CP. He was the brains behind kidnappings in the South-West and other regions. Six of his gang members were also arrested after an intense gun battle,” Jimoh stated.
Shown on several TV stations in handcuffs, the suspect, Evans led security men to one of his mansions in Lagos. A house fit for a billionaire, little did his neighbours know that his wealth was gotten by treacherous crimes. He led operatives to another house –a three bedroom apartment where he was said to house his kidnap victims. Evan’s wife, Uchenna Precious, in the media was quoted as saying “Our marriage is blessed with five children. I was not aware that he was into kidnapping and all the criminal acts he is being associated with now. All I know about his business is that he was into haulage…I don’t know any of his friends and if we were invited to parties, he would not allow us to attend. He told me that he has no friends and that he hates associating with people. I was always indoors…Please, forgive him for the sake of myself and the children”
Author: Tubonemi – Nigeria