Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Evans Pleaded Guilty To 2-counts of Conspiracy and Kidnapping After Police’s Threats
Yesterday, Chukwudumeme Omwuamadike, the suspected notorious kidnap kingpin who is popularly known as “Evans” has recently pleaded guilty to 2-counts of conspiracy and kidnapping when he was dragged to fold his arms before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos.
He was dragged to the court of law with five other suspects, four of which pleaded guilty to the charges. The defendants were remanded in prison after the judge then adjourned the case until October 19.
According to Vanguard, the leader of the IGP Intelligence Response Team ACP Abba Kyari, who led the operation that got Evans arrested has been listed alongside 9 others as the Lagos State Government’s witnesses.
Lagos state enforces capital punishment for kidnap cases where targets are killed.
The notorious kidnapper’s lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has, in reaction to the plea, said the police had threatened to kill his client if he did not plead guilty.
Olukoya Ogungbeje said:
- “After the purported guilty plea of our client and the court rose. We stressed to have brief discussion time with our client and he told us clearly that the police told him to plead guilty failure to which the police will kill him. This is definitely unconstitutional and we intend to challenge this unconstitutional procedure for hoodwink, undue influence, brainwashing and coercing on an accused into entering a guilty plea against his wish and freewill. “He pointedly told us that being informed now, he will change his ‘police motivated guilty plea’ to ‘not guilty’ at the next adjourned date. It is settled law that plea of guilty must be made voluntary and direct devoid of any influence, coercion and manipulation. In the meantime, after our brief conferring with our client in open court, he made it known to us that he will change his police motivated guilty plea to not guilty at the next adjourned date. We have a responsibility to assist the cause of justice in accordance with the law.”