Evans Knows Fate on February 25 Over Kidnapping Allegations

An Ikeja High Court has fixed February 25, next year for judgment in the trial of alleged kidnap kingpin Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans and five defendants accused of conspiracy and kidnapping.

Evans and his co-defendants, Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba are accused of the February 14, 2017 kidnap of the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Mr. Donatus Dunu

Contrary to false viral online reports, this is the first judgment to be fixed in all the five kidnapping trials Evans is currently undergoing at various High Courts in Lagos.

Evans is facing trial alongside diverse co-defendants before Justices Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court and Adedayo Akintoye of an Igbosere High Court.

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During today’s proceedings, Justice Oshodi fixed the judgment date after listening to the oral submissions of the final written addresses of the prosecution and defence counsel.

Earlier, Evans’ defence counsel, Mr Victor Opara, SAN, while giving his oral submission asked the court to discharge and acquit Evans of the two-count charge.

In a Final Written Address dated Nov. 1, Opara said there was no direct evidence linking Evans to the alleged crimes.

He told the court that Dunu the alleged kidnap victim who was blindfolded throughout his 88-day ordeal did not state to the court in his testimony that he could physically identify Evans.

“There is also the fatality of the prosecution’s case that there was no identification parade to identify the first defendant (Evans).

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The lead state prosecutor, Mr Adebayo Haroun via a Final Written Address dated Nov. 30 asked the court to convict the defendants as charged.

On Evans, he said that when a man has confessed to the crime, you do not need an identification parade.

“We have circumstantial evidence linking the first defendant (Evans) to the crime and we also have confessional statements and video recordings of him.

Wahab Akinlade

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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