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

Drama As #EndSARS Scare Stops Prisons From Taking ‘Billionaire Kidnapper’, Evans, Others To Court docket

Drama As #EndSARS Scare Stops Prisons From Taking 'Billionaire Kidnapper', Evans, Others To Court



The Nigerian Correctional Service failed to move infamous kidnap suspect, Evans to court docket on Wednesday, The PUNCH studies.

They didn’t take Evans, and his co-defendants, earlier than the Lagos State Particular Offences Court docket in Ikeja, the place their trial was scheduled to proceed earlier than Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo for worry of potential assault amid the raging #EndSARS protests.

Evans and his alleged accomplices are dealing with two separate costs of kidnapping and homicide earlier than Justice Taiwo.

The 2 costs have been listed as quantity 10 and 12 within the court docket’s trigger record for Wednesday.

However neither the prosecution nor the defence got here to court docket.

On enquiry from the court docket registrar, our correspondent was advised that the 2 instances wouldn’t go on because the prisons had communicated to the court docket that they’d not convey the defendants to court docket, citing the unrest within the metropolis occasioned by the widespread #EndSARS protest.

“They’re afraid of hijack by protesters,”
the court docket register famous.

When contacted, the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions confirmed the event.

Our correspondent noticed that the Correctional Service introduced no inmates in any respect to the court docket.

The NCS Inexperienced Marias have been nowhere to be discovered and the holding cells for conserving inmates on the court docket premises have been empty.

Officers on the holding cells mentioned the NCS had not introduced inmates to court docket since Monday.

Try and get the NCS spokesman in Lagos, Rotimi Oladokun, to react failed as his cell phone quantity was unavailable.

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In one of many two costs earlier than Justice Taiwo, the Lagos DPP accused Evans and three others of killing two individuals, of their failed try to kidnap the Chairman of Younger Shall Develop Motors, Obianodo Vincent on August 27, 2013.

In line with the prosecution, the legal operation came about at about 11pm on Third Avenue, Festac City, Lagos.

These murdered within the botched kidnap operation have been recognized as Peter Nweke and Chijioke Ngozi.

Evans was mentioned to have carried out the operation in firm with Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong.

The seven counts towards them border on tried homicide, homicide, kidnapping and unlawful firearms deal.

Within the second cost, Evans, one Victor Aduba and 4 others nonetheless at massive have been accused of conspiring amongst themselves to kidnap one Sylvanus Hafia at about 5.30pm on June 23, 2014 at Kara Road, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.

The prosecution alleged that they captured and detained Hafia and demanded a $2m ransom from his household.

The defendants, whose trial began since 2017, pleaded not responsible to the fees.

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