Chief Vincent Obianodo To Testify Against Evans In Court

An Ikeja Special Offences Court has adjourned until Friday to hear the evidence of Chief Vincent Obianodo, who the convicted kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, allegedly attempted to kidnap.

Evans is stranding trial alongside Joseph Emeka for attempted kidnap of Obianodo.

The State Prosecution Counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule, informed the court that the witness who was supposed to testify could not come online.

He prayed the court to allow him testify via zoom at the next adjourned date.

Mr Sule further argued that the testimony of the prosecution witness, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), who was already in the box could be expunged in order to bring in another witness.

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Frank Udeme, one of the co-defendants of Evans had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on March 11.

Udeme had pleaded guilty to selling firearms to Evans.

According to the prosecution, Evans and Emeka committed the offence on Aug. 27, 2013, at Third Avenue in Festac Town, Lagos.

Evans and his accomplice are alleged to have killed one Ngozi Chijioke and attempted to kidnap and kill Obianodo.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms over the attempted kidnap of Obianodo.

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Meanwhile, in a related case, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo ordered the second defendant to open his defence after the court rejected the submission of the new counsel to Evans, Mr Amobi Nzelu to postpone the trial.

Evans was standing trial along Victor Aduba, an ex-soldier for allegedly kidnapping a businessman, Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu, and collecting a 420,000 dollars ransom from his family.

Nzelu had argued that he was new in the case and said he had appealed to the prosecution to give him a week after June 21.

“I am new in this matter my Lord. I have spoken with the prosecutor and appealed to him to give me a week after June 21 to prepare myself,” he said.

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Sule, however, urged the court to allow the case go on Friday, adding that Evans sister had agreed to testify as the second defence witness.

“My lord, the first defendant has changed more than five counsels in this case. His sister has said she will come to court to testify. She can give her own testimony on Friday.

“The second defendant is ready to open his defence but the first defendant is the one delaying the case,” he said.

Justice Taiwo also adjourned the case until June 17 for the second defendant to open his defence.



Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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