Suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also know as Evans, has told an Igbosere High Court in Lagos, that his confessional statement to the police was made under duress. Evans made the disclosure before Justice Adedayo Akintoye on Wednesday, January 16, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the suspect said he signed papers given to him by the police so as not to be tortured to death. According to Evans, before assaulting him, members of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team who arrested him in 2017, intimidated him by executing suspected criminals in his presence. Evans is facing two separate charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder. He said: “When I asked what I was to sign, the police officers slapped my head and even quenched a cigarette on my hand. “The officers were beating me and told me that if anything happened to me, no one would know. They hit my head and blood was gushing, the scars are still on my head. “When I saw how five men who were paraded with me were tortured and killed, I agreed to sign the papers with fear of what happened to the other men.” Evans, who was led in evidence by his counsel, O. I. Ajanaku also claimed that there was no video recording while he was giving his statement and that the contents of the papers he signed were not read to him. Following his cross-examination by the counsel for the Lagos state government, Dr Jide Martins, the presiding judge adjourned the case till January 30 for further hearing.
The prosecutor, Haroun Adebayo, called the first witness, Inspector Idowu Haruna, attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team which arrested the accused and conducted investigations, to narrate the outcome of the investigations. Haruna testified that the chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors was attacked by the accused on Third Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos in 2013. “They engaged the chief in a gun battle, and he was shot on his left arm,” he said.