Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, the alleged kidnap kingpin, popularly known as Evans, has made new shocking revelations in a video played during his trial at an Ikeja High Court on Friday.
Evans said he could estimate the financial value of his victims from a short distance.
The video was played in the courtroom during the cross-examination of the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) Inspector, Idowu Haruna, by Emmanuel Ochai, the defence counsel to Victor Aduba, one of Evans’ co-defendants.
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In the video, the alleged kidnapper was sitting on a sofa and confessing to Haruna about various kidnappings he masterminded.
He gave the details of his alleged victims who mostly paid ransoms in six-figure foreign currencies, with the exception of two victims who paid ransoms of $1 million and $2 to 3 million each.
Haruna, who is also a member of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), in the video, asked Evans how he mapped out strategies to kidnap his alleged victims.
Evans while smiling, replied “when you see someone that has money you will know”.
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He told the IPO that he knew that the individuals he and his alleged gang members kidnapped will pay the ransom, even if it will involve them selling their properties to raise the funds.
Evans explained that through a contact who was in prison, he was able to procure arms for his kidnap operations.
According to him in the video, a pharmaceutical boss, Donatius Dunu, who had already paid a ransom of €223,000 had not finished paying the ransom in full before escaping and alerting the police.
Evans said that Aduba, who is a dismissed army officer, accompanies him during kidnap operations, noting that Aduba was involved in the failed kidnap attempt of Vincent Obianodo, chairman of The Young Shall Grow Motors.
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He, however, admitted in the footage that Aduba did not participate in Dunu’s kidnap.
After the video was played, Ochai told Haruna that Evans never identified Aduba (sixth defendant) as a participant in the kidnap of Dunu.