Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans Stalls Arraignment on Fresh Charges

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere Monday adjourned the arraignment and hearing of pending application of billionaire kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, to October 27, over alleged murder, kidnap of Sylvanius Ahanonu Hafiia and attempted kidnap of the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors Vincent Obianodo. ‎
The move by the Lagos State Government on Monday to arraign Evans on the fresh charges was frustrated as the accused challenged the competence of the charges.
His lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, contended that his client could not be arraigned until his application challenging the charges and the court’s jurisdiction had been determined.
He said since the prosecuting team for the state just served him with a reply to the application on Monday morning in court, he would need an adjournment to reply.
Justice Taiwo then adjourned the case following the application.
Evans was brought on two separate charge‎s. On the first charge Evans alongside Victor Nonso Aduba, are facing a four count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit kidnapping, ‎kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms, which is contrary to Sections 409,269 (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 and section 9 (1) of robbery and firearms (Special Provision Act) law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The defendants are accused of attempt to kidnap owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, in Festac Town, in which Chief Obianodo’s driver and police orderly were killed.
Evans and others were last week re-arraigned before the Ikeja Division of the court, with Justice Hakeem Oshodi presiding.
More arraignments are expected to follow on many other kidnappings in Lagos and Edo high courts.

Author: News Editor

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