A mix of file photos of a court gavel and Evans.The Lagos Dispute High Court docket in Ikeja has fastened February 25, 2022, to raise judgment within the case of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, veritably is named, Evans and 5 others charged with conspiracy and kidnapping.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi fastened the date after lawyers to Evans and his co-defendants argued and adopted their closing written addresses on Friday. The suspect used to be arrested in June 2017.
The Lagos Dispute authorities had arraigned Evans alongside Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, and Victor Aduba for allegedly kidnapping the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Restricted, Donatus Dunu February 14, 2017.
Evans is furthermore facing associated costs forward of Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo and Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the identical court.
The total defendants pleaded not responsible to the costs.
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Whereas arguing his closing written address, Evans’ lawyer, Victor Opara, informed the court to discharge and acquit his client of the crimes.
Opara argued that there used to be no boom proof linking Evans to the alleged crimes and that the alleged sufferer of the crime didn’t determine the defendant as the perpetrator of the crimes.
“The sufferer acknowledged he used to be blindfolded at some level of his 88-day ordeal, he didn’t mutter to the court in his testimony that he might perchance perchance physically determine Evans,” he acknowledged. “There is furthermore the fatality of the prosecution’s case that there used to be no identification parade to determine the principle defendant (Evans).
“There used to be no proof forward of your lordship to sign that PW2 (Dunu) had a clear opportunity of figuring out the principle defendant.”
However the prosecutor, Adebayo Haroun, informed the court to convict the defendants as charged, announcing “when a man has confessed to against the law, you invent not need an identification parade”.
“There is boom proof of PW2 (Dunu) testifying of how he used to be kidnapped, how he escaped, and the roles every of the defendants played,” he submitted.
“We have circumstantial proof linking the principle defendant (Evans) to the crime, and we furthermore fill confessional statements and video recordings of him. We shuffle your lordship to convict the defendants as charged.”
The prosecution had alleged that Dunu used to be kidnapped on Ilupeju Boulevard in Lagos Dispute and the defendants light 223,000 euros as ransom from his family.
It closed its case against the defendants on January 10, 2020, after presenting four witnesses, including Dunu.
The defence, then yet again, closed its case on August 3, 2020, after the six defendants testified.