Convicted Nigerian kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, was on Monday sentenced to 21 years in prison for kidnapping offence.
Newsbreak Nigeria reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court jailed Evans and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, for kidnapping one Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia.
The duo were accused of conspiring and abducting Hafia on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street in Amuwo Odofin of Lagos State and demanded a ransom of $2 million.
Despite Evans and Aduba pleading not guilty to the charges levelled against them, Justice Taiwo sent them to jail.
Evans who was arrested in June 2017, is sometimes referred to as “The Billionaire Kidnapper” because the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) believes he is one of the richest criminals in the kidnapping activities in Nigeria.
In some of his operations, he reportedly made amounts of up to 1 million dollars.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) also described him as a very smart, crafty, and intelligent kidnapper having evaded arrest for four years even though he was on a most wanted list in three states (Lagos, Edo and Anambra).
This online news medium recalls that on February 25, 2022, the Lagos State High Court found Evans and two others guilty of kidnapping.
In the ruling, the trial judge claimed that Evans “showed no remorse in the dock and tried to lie his way out of the crimes despite the video evidence”.
Evans was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
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