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* …suspect used N4.6m phones to frustrate arrest

The police have said that useful statements made by a younger sister of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike aka Evans, led to his arrest.

The sister was said to have been arrested after her number was identified as one of the contacts in Evans’ special SIM card.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Evans’ childhood friend and four girlfriends were also picked up by the police and they all gave relevant information.

This is just as operatives disclosed that Evans used three phones – two of which reportedly cost N2.4m and N2.6m respectively – with anti-tracking features to frustrate his arrest.

Our correspondent learnt that he contacted families of his victims through the phones to demand ransoms, bearing in mind that the families could report to the police for tracking.

Reliable police sources also disclosed that the billionaire kidnapper had 126 registered SIM cards.

Evans, who also deals in drugs, was arrested on Saturday in one of his two mansions on Magodo Estate, Lagos, after seven years of high-profile abductions across the country, during which he collected millions of dollars in ransoms.

He was paraded the following day amid jubilation at the Lagos Sate Police Command’s headquarters in Ikeja.

He was said to have bought three houses in Accra, Ghana and wristwatches worth thousands of dollars from the proceeds of the crimes. The suspect, who dropped out of school at Junior Secondary School 2, had confessed to have once collected $1m ransom.

Six of his gang members are Nwosu Chukwuma, aka Sudo, 42; Suoyo Paul aka Nwana, 42; Felix Chinemerem, 36; Chukwuemeka Bosah, 28; Uchechukwu Amadi and Ogechi Amadi. Uchechukwu and Ogechi are husband and wife.

Five AK-47 rifles, one AK-49 rifle, two English pistols, 59 AK-47 magazine with ammunition, 1,272 pieces of live ammunition of AK-47 (9mm) and five number plates were reportedly recovered from the suspects.

A police officer told PUNCH Metro on Thursday that apart from the weapons, three phones – a Turaya, and two different Vertu phones – containing anti-tracking features were recovered from the 36-year-old native of the Nnewi North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

The officer said, “He has 11 phones. Two of them are special Virtu phones, which are very difficult to track. He also has a Turaya, which is a satellite phone. It can be used anywhere, including in the bush, on the sea, and desert, where there are no GSM service. In Nigeria, we don’t have the capability to track Turaya.

“He said he bought the Virtu phones N4.6m. He used the three phones for his nefarious activities. We succeeded in tracking him through the other phones he has.”

A detective stated that a number of SIM cards used by Evans complicated the challenges posed by the sophisticated phones, adding that he bought the SIM cards registered from miscreants in Computer Village, Ikeja.

He said, “We studied and analysed 126 SIM cards before we caught him. We have about two-page analysis of each of the numbers. He used 125 of those numbers to call his gang members only and used one to call his mother, wife and sister. He said he bought all the SIM cards already registered in Computer Village for N1,500 each.

“We picked his sister, his childhood friend with whom he attended primary school, and four of his girlfriends. They gave us the information that led to his arrest. Evans confirmed that they didn’t know he was into kidnapping. Because of that, we granted them bail, while investigations continue.”

Another source confided in PUNCH Metro that aside from a camp in New Igando, where Evans kept his victims, operatives had uncovered two other camps, which would soon be visited.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.

Posted On Friday, 16 June 2017 11:14 Written by

The Nigeria Union in South Africa on Wednesday accused two communities in the country of ordering Nigerians to quit their territories.

President of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene, said the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province gave Nigerians till Thursday to leave the place.

Anyene also said the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, has also directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the area.

He said the grievance of the South Africans was that Nigerians were responsible for some social vices such as illicit drug trade and prostitution.

Anyene said a Ugandan man, who allegedly raped a girl in Kwazulu Natal Province, was described as a Nigerian in the media.

“The Nigeria union held series of meetings with the affected communities as well as police and local authorities on the recent threats to Nigerians,” Anyene told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“We have also written reports on these incidents and sent to the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.

“We recommended interventions before the June 16 deadline to the mission and we are waiting for their response. The union is worried that any incident involving non -South Africans are attributed to Nigerians.

“The union believes that the Early Warning Unit set up by Nigerian and South African governments has not been effective. We are yet to have any meeting since the ministers of the two countries met.

“Since then, there have been sustained media propaganda against our people

Posted On Friday, 16 June 2017 00:02 Written by

Suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudemeje George Onwuamadike alias Evans is not finding it funny in police custody. He is weeping that he is being held among “common poor criminals”, The Nation learnt yesterday.

The kingpin, who was arrested on Saturday at his 3, Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo, Lagos home, is being kept in a maximum security cell.

It was gathered that Evans broke down yesterday, lamenting the state of the police cell.

A source said he lamented that after making billions, owning gold, diamond and living like a king, he finally ended up in a cell with poor suspects.

It was gathered that he told his interrogators he has two other detention camps in Lagos.

He was also said to have confessed that he started off as an armed robber in Sokoto State.

The source said: “He has been weeping uncontrollably because he is in a cell with common poor criminals despite all the wealth and mansions he owned.

“He has started talking. He has given us locations of other detention camps he had in Lagos. Aside Igando, he had two others and detectives would visit the place. He also said that his very first robbery was in Sokoto State and that they killed the victim.

“He is still being interrogated and more details would come out after the camps have been visited.”

Meanwhile, The Nation learnt yesterday that Evans has been excommunicated from Nnewi for over five years because of the terror he unleashed on wealthy indigenes of the town.

It was also learnt that his second in command, Felix Chinemerem, a native of Amanagu in Abia State, was also declared wanted in 2014, after his criminal activities led to the killing of many innocent people.

It was learnt that Chinemerem took part in the kidnap of a prominent Nigerian, which prompted policemen to storm the community and allegedly shot randomly, killing villagers.

After the incident, the villagers were said to have moved to kill him but he fled and had not been seen since then.

Posted On Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:19 Written by

After his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in their heavyweight bout at Wembley Stadium in April, Nigerian-born English boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was asked why the British usually considered successful British-Nigerians to be British, and British-Nigerians who commit crimes to be Nigerians? He responded thus: “Let’s focus on the success. Let’s stop committing the crime.”

Joshua, a former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, had a long list of encounters with the British justice system before his moment of celebration. In 2009, he was sent to Reading Prison for fighting. In 2011, he was charged with possession of a class B drug when police pulled him over in Colindale, North London, and found eight ounces of herbal cannabis hidden in his sports bag. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours community service. He was also suspended from his GB boxing squad.

But the pugilist, who was a bricklayer before he took up boxing, was able to weather the storm, as he was later awarded the Knight Commander, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his significant achievement for the United Kingdom.

His victory over Klitschko in front of 90,000 British fans and millions of Nigerians watching on television around the world made Joshua the second pugilist beside Joe Frazier to win a world heavyweight title at the same time that he is the reigning Olympic champion.

While federal lawmakers, including Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, are still thinking of inviting Joshua to Aso Villa for a hero’s welcome and making him a brand ambassador for Nigeria, six Nigerians, this time in the field of soccer, played into reckoning last weekend, helping England to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea.

The 1-0 victory of the Young Lions of England over Venezuela with five players of Nigerian origin on the pitch was England’s first major international football silverware since the 1966 World Cup.

Sheyi Ojo, Fikayo Tomori, Dominic Solanke, Ademola Lookman, Joshua Onomah all featured in the final for England, while Ovie Ejaria, the sixth player of Nigerian origin in the squad, was also part of the team, though he did not play.

Former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu says the fact that the boys helped England to win the World Cup does not make them British citizens.Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Adelabu, a Sport Scientist, said: “I prefer to call them Nigerians because they were not trained in Nigeria as players, they are simply born by Nigerians. It was amazing the number of these players in the England’s squad.”

Speaking further, the former IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan winger said: “I took time to watch the game and the demeanours of these players throughout the championship and wondered when we will get to the level of training players to know what they have and how to use it intelligently as occasions demand.

“It is difficult for the England team to lie about their ages. Hence, it is possible for us to raise an under 20 team without lying about their ages, if we have intelligent coaches with integrity and administration that knows the essence of developmental strategy in football.

“The important thing now is to monitor these players by analysing their potential to see how relevant they will be with respect to the kind of national team we want to build in the future. I love them for their confidence and the ability to fit perfectly into the team during substitution. All of them moved the ball well on motion, especially Ademola Lookman, who was tried to force himself into the opponents’ sacred area. He will fit perfectly with the way we play (Nigerian made football) by taking on the defenders till they run out of breathe.

“Even though they were trained in England, I could see the characteristics of players like Henry Nwosu, Franklin Howard, Friday Elaho and a host of others in them (blood is thicker than water). It is good for us, but we need great minds to manage these players when they come home,” Adelabu stated.

Among the six players with Nigerian blood, four of them Fikori Tomori, Dominic Solanke, Ademola Lookman and Josh Onomah started the final game against Venezuela on Sunday. Liverpool pair Ovie Ejaria and Seyi Ojo started from the bench but the latter eventually came on in the course of the game. The victory was England’s first-ever world title at that level.

Apart from helping England win the World Cup title, Dominic Solanke, who is moving to Liverpool from Chelsea, won the Golden Ball award of the tournament, an award previously won by Diego Maradona, Adriano, Lionel Messi, Aguero and Paul Pogba.

Who are these players?
Ademola Lookman is a 19-year-old who plays as a forward for Everton. He was born in Wandsworth, London to parents of Nigerian descent.He represented England U-19s at the 2016 European U-19 Championships. He has turned down the opportunity to represent Nigeria, choosing to pledge his allegiance to England.

Oluwaseyi Babajide “Sheyi” Ojo was born 19 June 1997. He is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool as a winger. Ojo joined Liverpool as a 14-year-old and came through their academy. He spent time on loan with Championship clubs Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers before making his competitive debut for Liverpool in January 2016. Ojo has represented England at U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels.

Ovie Ejaria is a midfielder who plays for Liverpool. Born to Nigerian parents, the 19-year-old trained with the Nigeria U-17s team in 2013.
Although he committed to Nigeria, he accepted a call-up to the England U-20 team in September 2016.

Dominic Solanke, the 19-year-old, who is moving to Liverpool from Chelsea, has represented England at the U-17 and U-19 levels. In May 2014, Solanke was part of the England squad that won the UEFA European U-17 Championship. He was the tournament’s joint top scorer with four goals in four appearances.He has even trained with the England senior team. He is also eligible to play for Nigeria.

Fikayo Tomori was born to Nigerian parents in Canada, but grew up in England, making him eligible to play for the three countries.
He started off playing for the Canada U-20 before he was called up for the England U-19.
He is 19.

Joshua Onomah: Though born to Nigerian parents, Joshua Onomah has represented England from the U-16s to U-20s.
The 20-year-old plays for Tottenham.
Apart from the six young Lions, there are other promising Nigerians with England nationality waiting to be approached by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).They include Jonathan Chiedozie Obika, a product of the Tottenham Hotspur youth setting, who played for English League One side, Sheffield United as a striker. He grew in Edmonton, London and has played for the English U-19 and U-20 teams. He is yet to play for the English senior team, but the striker is not considering playing for Nigeria his native country.

There is also Wilfred Oluwafemi Onyedinma, a Nigeria-born professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Millwall. Onyedinma made his senior debut for Millwall on 4 January 2014 in the FA Cup against Southend United.The player is yet to feature for England at any international level, but carries the English passport and nationality.

Dominic Iorfa Jr. is the son of a former Nigerian international, Dominic Iorfa. He is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Wolverhampton Wanderers, an English Championship side. He was part of the youth system at Southend United before joining the academy of Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 15. He is 20-year-old and has played for the English U-18, U-19 and U-20 teams respectively. He is yet to decide whether to play for Nigeria in future.

There is also Samuel Oluwaseyi ‘Sammy’ Ameobi, who joined Nigeria’s U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the 2011 African Youth Championship. He appeared in two friendly games for the Nigeria U-20 team against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However, in November 2011, he was called up to the England U-21 squad for matches against Iceland and Belgium. Even though he claims English nationality at the moment, he is said to be considering change of his nationality to play for Nigeria in future like elder brother, Shola Ameobi did. He currently plays for Cardiff City in the English Championship.

Abdul-Yussuf Adedeji Adeniyi Oshilaja was born in Bermondsey, England. He joined Cardiff City as a 16-year-old, progressing through the academy to sign his first professional contract in April 2012. The defender plays for Gillingham FC, an English League One side.

Moses Adeshina Ayoola Junior Odubajo is an English professional footballer of Nigerian heritage, who plays as a right winger or right back for Hull City. He has also represented England at U-20 level. It was reported in December 2014 that Odubajo had been invited to a training camp with the Nigeria U-23 squad, which he did not attend. He received his first call into the England U-20 squad for friendly matches against Mexico and the United States in March 2015, and he started in both matches. He was called into the U-20 squad for the 2015 Toulon Tournament and played in four of England’s five matches.

There is also Chuba Amechi Akpom, an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Hull City, on loan from Arsenal. He has represented England at youth international levels. He has not fully make up his mind.

Reece Wabara is an English footballer that plays as a defender for Barnsley. He is eligible to represent both England and Nigeria as he has a Nigerian grandfather, but chose to represent England international as the country of his birth at youth level. In May 2008, Wabara was called up by England U-17. He has played for England U-19 and U-20 teams as well. The defender has not really made up his mind yet on Nigeria.

Karl Anthony Uchechukwu ‘Uche’ Ikpeazu, was born in Harrow, London to Nigerian parents, before joining Reading Academy in late 2010. The forward plays for Port Vale, and is yet to play for England, which is a good opportunity for Nigeria to explore.

Posted On Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:14 Written by

THE Senate, on Tuesday, gave the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) seven days to recover money collected by banks on behalf of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) but not remitted to it.

The order was given by the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff at an investigative meeting with the CBN, Ministry of Finance, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), commercial banks and other stakeholders.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who announced the ultimatum at the meeting, said the Senate would involve the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should the CBN fail to recover the money.

According to him, of the over N30 trillion being investigated by the committee, more than N536 billion was terminated at the various banks but not remitted to CBN.

“There are various infractions regarding import and export duties and we have carried out detailed investigation into the matter.

“Today, we will address the non-remittance of revenue collected on behalf of Customs.

“The only bank that is free of this infraction is Zenith Bank. We must recover what we are able to, and, moving forward, we must stop this infraction that is affecting our economy negatively,” he said.

Uzodinma decried the development, saying it was worrisome and had affected the Naira adversely.

He said it was embarrassing for the Naira to exchange for almost N400 to a dollar.

He gave the banks two weeks to clarify infractions relating to utilised and un-utilised Form MS and Simple Goods Declaration (SGD), and others, including abandoned assessment of Customs Duties and foreign exchange allocation manipulation.

On infractions regarding goods destined for free trade zones, Uzodinma said imported goods flooded the market, competing with local products.

On ways to stop multiple registration of Tax Identification Number (TIN) by importers, he called for synergy among the FIRS, CAC and Customs.

Posted On Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:44 Written by

Anthony Joshua (right) lands a right hook on Wladmir Klitchsko during their first World Heavyweight Boxing title fight in Wembley, London. Promoter Eddie Hearn says the rematch may hold in Nigeria…later this year.

Anthony Joshua’s boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn has said that the 27-year-old is open to the idea of fighting in Nigeria, reports givemesport.com. Speaking to iFL TV, Hearn said: “I think Nigeria is probably one of the front-runners.

“People have this perception that Nigeria is a place that makes fire by rubbing twigs together. It’s a very powerful economy with a huge middle-class sector and actually it’s a country that has a number of major events already – particularly pop music concerts.

“The infrastructure is there. Obviously it’s difficult for us because there’s never been a major fight before – but that’s challenging. I like that.” AJ has hinted that he would be open to fighting in Nigeria, especially as he spent some time there as a child.

The heavyweight boxer also has a tattoo of the country on his arm and believes that it makes people relate to him. “When you are in sport you become a representation of people.

“I’ve got it [an outline of Nigeria] tattooed on my arm, so people can relate to me. I don’t know if [a fight there] will happen.” If, and at the moment it’s a BIG if, Joshua/Klitschko does take place in Africa, it would echo another mega fight that happened on the night of October 30, 1974, the iconic Rumble in the Jungle bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.

Widely regarded to be “arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century” Foreman/Ali took place in Kinshasa, Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and pitted former heavyweight champ Ali against George Foreman.

At the time, Zaire was ruled by Joseph-Désiré Mobuto, a dictator who wanted to project to the world that the land-locked African country was a forward looking state and not the vicious and greedy dictatorship it actually was.

Mobuto was not pleased when Muhammad Ali decided to tell heavyweight champ Foreman that “My African brothers is going to boil you in the pot.”

Not sure that’s the image Mobuto was aiming for when he allowed the fight to take place, but there you go. The fight was the introduction of a new tactic by Ali, the iconic ‘rope a dope’ for which he is still remembered.

After taking a hell of a beating throughout the bout, Ali decided to go on the offensive once the giant Foreman had tired himself out, and then in a flurry of punches, sent ‘Big George’ to the canvas.

If Joshua-Klitschko do go to Africa and the bout is anywhere near as action packed as Zaire 1974, then Hearn is on to a winner.

Posted On Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:14 Written by

The National Agency of Food, Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says it is intensifying efforts to end production of substandard packaged water flooding markets.

Mr Natim Mullah-Dadi, the Kaduna State Coordinator of NAFDAC, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.

He said that the agency would not allow some unscrupulous elements toy with the health of Nigerians under whatever pretext.

“We have observed how package water has flooded the markets with many disregarding basic good manufacturing practices required to guarantee the quality of their products.

“Those who decide to breach standard would not be allowed to toy with the health of the consumers simply because they can fill water into a sachet, package and sell.

“We have observed a number of violations in the production of package water, especially in recent times.

“It ranged from production in unhygienic conditions, poor building plans, non-use of qualified personnel and submission of doctored and fake documents.

“Also, the use of substandard equipment, lack of equipment maintenance, inappropriate labeling of products, sourcing raw water from shallow wells were identified as part of the problem.”

The NAFDAC coordinator said the agency was collaborating with the Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria in the state to fish out illegal and unlicensed water producers.

Mullah-Dadi assured that the partnership would be sustained for the greater good of water consumers in the state

He however urged residents not to patronise packaged water without NAFDAC number and date.

The coordinator also said all packaged water remain only fit for consumption within two months of production.

Posted On Monday, 12 June 2017 22:58 Written by

A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, and a former Lagos State governor and All Progressives Congress national leader, Bola Tinubu, have described the June 12, 1993 elections as a part of Nigeria’s history that could not be forgotten.

This is just as the Lagos and Ekiti state governments on Sunday joined Oyo, Ondo, Ogun and Osun states to declare June 12 a public holiday.

In a statement issued by his Media Office in Abuja, on Sunday, Atiku said June 12 and the events that brought it “are part of our country’s history and cannot be forgotten, especially because of the unity and comradeship displayed by Nigerians on that Election Day in 1993.”

Atiku, who described the late Abiola as a businessman, philanthropist and patriot, noted that the events of June 12, 1993 remained a watershed in the history of the nation.

It partly read, “The Waziri commended Nigerians for moving beyond the challenges thrown up by June 12 and putting in place a democratic system of government that has lasted for 18 years.

“He said that it is a testimony to the innate democratic nature of Nigerians that today, democracy is flourishing in the country, adding that the restructuring of the country as being demanded by some well-meaning Nigerians would further consolidate democracy and give greater impetus to the unity and development of the country.

“According to him, restructuring of the country would lay a solid foundation for prosperity and self-reliant development across the country by introducing healthy competition among the constituent parts of the federation based on the principle of comparative advantage.”

The former Vice President described the late MKO Abiola as the leading personality of the June 12 struggle as a national “Hero and Patriot” deserving of accolades and honour by Nigerians.

He called on the Federal Government to pay the necessary tribute to the late chief Abiola of blessed memory by naming a befitting national institution after him.

Tinubu, in statement on Sunday to celebrate the 24th anniversary of June 12, said that without “the uncompromising resistance to military rule engendered by the annulment of the June 12 election, there would most probably be no 4th Republic today and we would still be groaning under military dictatorship.”

Tinubu described the late Abiola, the winner of the election, as an embodiment of “the eternal Yoruba adage, which says that death is better with honour than life without dignity.”

In the statement titled, ‘What June 12 Taught Us,’ Tinubu said, “The blood of those who gave their yesterday and sacrificed even their lives for the democracy and freedom we enjoy today was not shed in vain. The truth is June 12 is the mother of May 29.

“The annulment was a bitter pill to swallow, especially for the millions of people who expended so much time, energy and material resources to help ensure victory for Chief MKO Abiola. The late MKO selflessly committed so much of his substantial fortune towards ensuring his victory at the polls. In doing this, he was not motivated by personal, selfish or pecuniary considerations.

“Twenty-four years after its annulment, the spirit of June 12 lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of Nigerians.

“This year’s commemoration of the anniversary of June 12 coincides roughly with two years in office of the All Progressives Congress at the federal level. Some critics are already writing off the government as a failure. However, the vast majority of Nigerians are aware of the immense mess inherited by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.”

Tinubu added that the APC Federal Government had successfully contained the challenges, and was turning the corner with “light discernible at the end of the tunnel.”

Also, in a statement by the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the state government said it had perfected arrangement for the annual public symposium in Ikeja to celebrate June 12.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Ado Ekiti, Fayose – a member of the Peoples Democratic Party – said he took the decision to join his other colleagues in the South-West to celebrate the late Abiola in the spirit of the unity of the region

In a related development, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, said on Sunday that June 12 was the harbinger of peaceful, free and fair electoral process in Nigeria, adding, “It is thus worthy of celebration.”

Also, the Osun State House of Assembly has said the current Nigeria democracy must be protected with all diligence so as not to encourage the incursion of military rule in the country again.

A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, on Sunday, to commemorate the June 12 struggle, said the change in the Nigeria political landscape was not a coincidence but a consequence of sacrifice made by courageous gladiators who led from the front to entrench democracy in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, a socio-cultural Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Sunday advocated the implementation of the last national conference as a way out of the challenges facing the country.

The group, in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, pointed out that all southerners were at the risk of attacks by northern youths following the quit order issued to Ndigbo.

Posted On Monday, 12 June 2017 11:58 Written by

The Nigerian Police Force made good its promise to parade Nigeria’s billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, alias Evans and members of his gang, revealing their victims and the ransom collected at various times. Most shocking, the police also unveiled a woman, Ogechi Amadi as one of the gang members.

“Ogechi Amadi is the woman who rented the house and cooks for the kidnappers and their victims in the camp”, the police said. Evans, the kingpin was arrested in his mansion in Magodo estate in Lagos on Saturday by the police Joint Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team, the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Technical and Intelligent Unit of the Force under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State.

The police described Evans, a native of Nnewi, “as the vicious leader of a highly organised kidnap-for-ransom syndicate and criminal gang terrorising and responsible for several kidnap of notable/prominent Nigerians in Lagos State, including the Western, Eastern, South-South and some Northern States”. “He has his gangs active and spread across these mentioned states”, the police said.

“After an intense gun battle that lasted several hours, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike and his gang were overpowered by the Superior Fire Power of the Joint Special Forces and he was arrested at Magodo Estate, in Ikeja Lagos.

“Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike a.k.a EVANS was first declared wanted in August, 2013 when he masterminded the attempted kidnap of CHIEF VINCENT OBIANUDO, the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors in Festac, Lagos, where a Policeman attached to the victim foiled the attack and killed three of Evans gang members but also lost his life in the process.

Some of Evans gang members were subsequently arrested, but he regrouped later with several gangs and became more vicious and unleashed terror in the mentioned States of the Federation. ” Evans and his gang keep their victims kidnapped in Lagos Area at House No. 21 Prophet Asaye Close New Igando, Lagos State until the ransom is paid to him. “Ransom money are paid to him in Millions of Dollars, some victims are kept for upward of six to seven months until the last penny is paid. He never reduces his tagged ransom money. None of his gang members knows his house.

MODUS OPERANDI
“In every kidnap attack he has a separate armed group that kidnapped victim with him and has another armed group who takes over the victim to their hideouts and prevent them from escaping.

The members of the two ‘2’ groups don’t know each other. They complied with Evans instructions. “Evans, and the dreaded vampire who died during a gun duel with the Police Special Forces led by IRT and Imo State Police Command in a forest in River State early this year are axis of evil in kidnappings in Southern Nigerian States and some Northern States. This is a huge success for the Nigeria Police Force.

The Force will build on this success and continue to prevent kidnap cases and criminality generally in the country, and ensure prompt detection of those crimes that cannot be prevented, and also ensure that perpetrators are arrested, investigated and prosecuted”.

PROPERTIES OWNED BY EVANS:
The Police said Evans has two (2) Mansions in Magodo GRA Phase 2 worth about three hundred million naira (N300,000,000). He also has two (2) House in the Highbrow area of Accra City in Ghana among many other properties such as exotic cars, expensive watches, Jewelries e.t.c, he bought from the ransom.

EVANS GANG MEMBERS:
* Felix Chinemerem 36yrs Native of ArichukwuOhafia LGA of Abia State second in command of Evans.

* Nwosu Chikodi Chukwuma aka Sudo 42yrs, 3rd in Command to Evans. He has over 20yrs experience in Armed robbery and about 8yr experience in Kidnapping. *Uchechukwu Amadi, Native of Anambra State longtime Evans Boy and head of the detention Camp in Igando.

* Ogechi Amadi is the woman who rented the house and cooks for the kidnappers and their victims in the camp.

* Suoyo Paul aka Nwana 42yrs Native of Bayelsa States Gangmember and Supplier of Rifles and Ammunitions to Evans.

* Ikenna Emeka 28yrs Native of Anambra State.

EVANS VICTIMS IN LAGOS:

* Mbarikatta William Uboma, 35, kidnapped June 16th, 2012 at about 11.am on his arrival from Hungary while he was close to his house. He was in his Toyota Car 2010 model in company of his brother to drop him at his house when a Passat car emerged from nowhere and blocked his car. They blindfolded him and forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination. They later demanded a ransom of N10M. However, N2M was later paid while they collected other personal accessories. He was finally dropped off at Okota on the third day.

* Paul Cole, 34, from Ohafia in Abia State. A Director with Ocean Glory Commodities, Apapa, kidnapped August 3rd, 2012 at Festac Town together with his General Manager, Jude Ugoje and another staff, PiriyeGogo, and taken to an unknown destination. They demanded for N10M. On August 6th2012, they collected N5M ransom at Maza-maza area of Lagos State.

* Mohammed Jamal, 22, a Lebanese, kidnapped on August 19, 2012 at Ajah by three armed men, taken away blindfolded. N7M ransom was later paid at Ojo Barracks.

* Kingsley Nwokenta, 34, kidnapped September 19, 2012 after he left Lebanana Bar in Festac at Mile two under bridge. Later, paid N1.5M ransom while they made away with his black Toyota Venza and other accessories.

* Anthony Ozoanidobi, 41, kidnapped in October 10th 2012 along Marwa Road Satellite Town. Ransom of N1.5M paid after which he was released at Apple Junction, Amuwo-Odofin.

* Leo Abraham 58, kidnapped August 20, 2012. Paid ransom of N5M and was later released along Badagry road, Lagos.

* Ojukwu Cosmas, 45, sells Toyota parts at Aspanda Trade Fair. Kidnapped January 21, 2016 at Festac Town. It was not clear when and how he was released.

* James Uduji; kidnapped close to his house at 7th Avenue Festac late last year. Held for 6 six weeks. Paid $1M.

* Chief Raymond Okoye – Odu- Na –Ichida, kidnapped 2015. Paid $1M as ransom, held captive for 2months * UcheOkoroafor, trader at Alaba, kidnapped 2015, held captive for three (3) months, paid $1M.

* Elias Ukachukwu kidnapped November 2015. Paid $1M. Date of release unknown but it was gathered that his abductors were insisting on another $1M claiming family members were rude to them during negotiation.

* Francis Umeh also a spare parts dealer at Aspanda, kidnapped July 2016 at Raji Rasaki Estate, released after two months in captivity.

* The last Victim is Mr Donatus Duru. He was kidnapped in Ilupeju February 2017 and fortunately the man escaped from the Igando House where Evans kept him with his boys last month.

Police said during interrogation and preliminary investigation, Evans and his gang confessed to all the kidnappings linked to them and made confessional statements on the various roles they played in the commission of the crimes. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation, police spokesman Moshood Jimoh said.

Posted On Sunday, 11 June 2017 21:54 Written by

Notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, AKA, Evans, who was arrested by police in Lagos on Sunday said that he chose to collect ransom in American dollars to be different from other kidnappers.

The suspect, while being paraded at the Lagos Police Command in Ikeja, told newsmen that he started kidnapping in 2015, after he left his spare parts business, a claim that contradicted the police statement that he was declared wanted in 2013. He claimed that he lost N20 million to Customs officers, which made him to leave his trade.

The suspect was arrested in his mansion in Magodo area of the state on Saturday. Evans, notorious kidnapper Evans, who wasn’t sure of how many people he had kidnapped, said the highest he had collected as ransom was one million dollars. “I can’t figure out how much I have collected so far or how many people I have kidnapped, but I have kidnapped up to 10 since 2015.

“I chose to collect ransom in dollars to be different, and the maximum I have collected as ransom so far is 1 million dollars.

“I work in two groups. A team moves with me to kidnap victims while we hand over to the other team that takes the victim to the hide out.

“Kingsley introduced me to kidnapping, but I usually get my ammunition from one Chinedu and Ehis whom I met at Ago-Iwoye.

“I also do drug business that enabled me to buy my property,” the suspect said.

According to the police, Evans collected $1million from no fewer than four of his victims.

Among them are:

* James Uduji, who was kidnapped close to his house at 7th Avenue Festac late last year. The Evans gang held him for six weeks. He paid $1million to regain his freedom.

*  Chief Raymond Okoye – Odu- Na –Ichida,, who was kidnapped in 2015. He also paid $1million as ransom. He was released after  two months in captivity.

*  Uche Okoroafor, a trader at Alaba who was also kidnapped in 2015 for three months, also paid $1million.

*  Elias Ukachukwu kidnapped November 2015 similarly paid $1million. The police said the Evans gang demanded an additional  $1million,  claiming family members were rude to them during negotiation.

The Force PPRO, Jimoh Moshood said that the suspect had collected billions of naira from his victims and had property in and outside the country. He said that Evans was declared wanted in 2013, following a kidnap attempt that was foiled by the police. “He is said to have masterminded several kidnap cases in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and South-South states,’’ the police said. Moshood said further investigation into his activities were ongoing.


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