Trial of kidnap kingpin, Evans, stalled again, judge kicks

July 11, 2021
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The trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has once again been adjourned due to the absence of his counsel in court.

The trial, which has been in process for about four years now, was earlier slated for Friday and was presided over by Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.

Evans, along with his co-defendants, Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba, had previously been arraigned before Justice Oshodi on August 31, 2017 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

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The gang was alleged to have kidnapped Donatus Dunu, the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Dunu was kidnapped on Ilupeju Road, Lagos State, on February 14, 2017 and the defendants allegedly collected €223,000 as ransom from Dunu’s family.

The trial had experienced several delays in the past due to varying factors and Friday has not be the first time Evans appeared in court without his counsel.

On November 24, 2017, Evans’ counsel failed to appear before the Igbosere High Court in Lagos and the matter was adjourned until January 22, 2018 for hearing.

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