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JUST IN: Notorious kidnapper Evans returns to Lagos, finally to appear in court on Wednesday, August 30



Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, better known as Evans the alleged billionaire kidnapper, is to make his first appearance, many weeks after his arrest, in a Lagos court. Evans is to appear on Wednesday, August 30 before the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court, according to a report by Premium Times. 

The report quoted a source in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as saying Evans is scheduled to appear before Justice Hakeem Oshodi as the Attorney-General of Lagos state, Adeniji Kazeem, will lead the prosecution team. 

However, Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer who filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit on behalf of Evans against the police at a federal court in Lagos, claimed he does not have any information of the likely arraignment of Evans. 

Evans was arrested in his Magodo Estate home in Lagos on June 10 by a special team led by Abba Kyari. He will now likely be prosecuted according to the anti-kidnapping laws of Lagos state and would be facing charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder among others. 

On Tuesday, David Igbodo, the lawyer to the police on the case of fundamental against the law enforcement agency in relation to Evans, said the investigation into his alleged crime was almost concluded. 

He said: “The case is a very controversial one, it is a sensitive case. “The Inspector-General of Police devoted time, efforts, intelligence, and strategies to ensure that he was arrested. 

He beat strategies for the past six years. “When he was arrested, it took time for the police to complete investigations and very soon, Nigerians will be made to know what is the next line of action for Evans.” He said as a lawyer, the IGP respects the rights of citizens. 

“He has been organising conferences and seminars for the Nigeria Police, both investigators and prosecutors, to make sure nobody is kept in custody beyond 24 or 48 hours without an order of a court of competent jurisdiction. 

“The Inspector General of Police cannot keep Evans without a court order, there is a valid court order that is still subsisting as I speak with you for three months. You know Evans was arrested on the 10th of June; since when he was arrested till now, it’s not up to three months. 

“But meanwhile investigations have almost been completed and very soon Nigerians will be made to know what is the next line of action in the case of Evans,” he said.

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