In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, August, 2020

‘Billionaire Kidnapper’ Evans’ Co-Defendants Lose Bid To Quash Costs

'Billionaire Kidnapper' Evans' Co-Defendants Lose Bid To Quash Charges



In line with The PUNCH, the Lagos State Excessive Courtroom in Ikeja on Friday dismissed the no-case submissions filed by co-defendants to alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans.

The court docket, in a ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi, held that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case towards the defendants which required that they put in a defence.

The defendants are dealing with trial over the kidnap of the Chief Government Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Restricted, Donatus Dunu, in 2017.

The prosecution mentioned they collected €223,000 in ransom earlier than liberating the businessman after 88 days in captivity.

The six defendants are Evans, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.

Resulting from his lack of ability to pay authorized charges, Evans had been having problem retaining a lawyer. He had modified legal professionals 5 occasions.

On the July three, 2020 proceedings within the case, his co-defendants – Uchechukwu, Ifeanyi, Nwachukwu and Aduba – who had legal professionals, had filed no-case submissions, praying the court docket to set them free.

However in a ruling on Friday, Justice Oshodi held that their no-case submissions lacked advantage.

The choose held, “There’s a prima facie case as the primary defendant (Evans) implicated the co-defendants in Exhibit 10.

“The responsibility of the court docket is to have a look at the totality of the proof earlier than it.

“The court docket finds and holds that no proof has been discredited on the face of the doc. The third, 4th, fifth and sixth defendants are actually known as to open their defence.”

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The choose adjourned until October 16, 2020 for the defendants to begin their defence.

In the meantime, Justice Oshodi extracted an enterprise from Evans’ new lawyer, Oyekunle Falabi, to not additional delay the three-year-old trial, which began August 2017.

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