The notorious kidnapper arrested at the
weekend, along with six members of his gang in Lagos, by police
operatives from the intelligence teams has named some of his victims.
Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike, alias Evans,
told detectives that though he could not remember the number of people
he kidnapped or the amount of money he collected as ransom, he was,
however, able to mention a few.
In Edo and Lagos states, he remembered
kidnapping Mr. Mbarikatta William Uboma at Festac Town on June 16, 2012,
where the sum of N20 million was collected as ransom before he was
A police classified document containing
Evan’s confessional statement revealed that Mr. Paul Cole from Ohafia in
Abia State was also kidnapped by the gang on August 23, 2012, at Festac
Town where N20m was also paid.
Mr. Mohammed Jamal, a Lebanese, who was
kidnapped on August 19, 2012, at Ajah, paid N17m at Ojo area of Lagos to
regain his freedom.
Evan’s gang also kidnapped Mr. Kingsley
Nwokenta on September 19, 2012, after he left Lebanon Bar in Festac Town
and he had to pay N15m in addition to his black Toyota Venza car that
he forfeited to the gang before he regained his freedom; just as the
gang also claimed responsibility for the kidnap of Mr. Anthony
Ozoanidobi on October 10, 2012, along Marwa Road in Satellite Town where
N15m was paid before he was taken to Apple junction, Amuwo-Odofin in
Lagos and released.
Evans further stated that his gang also
kidnapped Mr. Leo Abraham in Lagos on August 20, 2012, and dumped him at
Badagry Road in Lagos after he paid N15m.
However, Ojukwu Cosmas, who sells Toyota
parts at Aspanda Trade Fair, who was kidnapped on January 21, 2016, at
Festac Town was not too lucky as he had to pay $1m to secure his
James Uduji who was kidnapped by the
gang at Seventh Avenue, Festac Town late last year paid $1.2m after
being held for six weeks before he was released, while Chief Raymond
Okoye Odu-Na–Ichida who was kidnapped in 2015 also paid $1m to regain
his freedom after two months in captivity.
Uche Okoroafor, a trader at Alaba
International Market, Lagos, was kidnapped by the gang in 2015 and held
captive for three months before he was released after paying $1m, just
as Elias Ukachukwu, who was kidnapped by the gang in November, 2015 also
paid $1m for his release.
Francis Umeh, a spare parts dealer at
Aspanda, was kidnapped in July 2016, at Raji Rasaki Estate and released
after paying $1m to secure his release.
The gang, however, recorded a fatal loss
when in 2013, in its attempt to kidnap Chief Vincent Obianudo, the
owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, met with stiff resistance from the
policemen attached to the chief. The police opened fire and killed two
members of the gang.
Though the gang also killed a policeman
and some of its members escaped, Chief Obianudo, who sustained bullet
wounds during the attack, survived after several surgeries.
The last known victim of the gang in
Lagos before it was smashed is Mr. Donatus Dunu, a pharmacist and
importer of drugs, who was kidnapped on February 14, 2017, in Elupeju
area of Lagos. The sum of N150m was paid by the victim’s family to
secure his release, but Evans collected the money and refused to release
the victim, insisting that an additional N300m must be paid.
The gang regretted that Dunu escaped
from Evans’ detention camp in Igando on May 12, 2017, without paying the
In Edo State, the gang kidnapped Mr.
Ohunyon Ernest in November 2011 and he had to pay N85m, just as Mr. Dan
Odiete who was also kidnapped by the gang in Benin City in 2013, paid
N100m to regain his freedom.
The owner of Uyi Technical who was
kidnapped by Evan’s gang in Benin City in 2013 paid N100m before he was
released, while Tom, kidnapped in Benin in 2012, paid N100m to the gang.
The owner of Kings Paint was also
kidnapped in Benin City in 2010 by the same gang and had to pay N40m to
regain his freedom even as Mr. Randeki, who was kidnapped by the gang in
2010 paid N30m for his release.
Evans, who was nabbed by a combined team
of police officers and men from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT)
and the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) at his private residence in
Magodo, Lagos, on June 10, was described by the police as a very
Other members of the gang that were also
arrested at different locations include Felix Chinemerem, 36, from
Arochukwu in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, and Nwosu
Chikodi Chukwuma, aka Sudo, 42, and is said to have over 20 years
experience in armed robbery and about eight years experience in
Other arrested members of the gang are
Uchechukwu Amadi from Anambra State who the police described as the head
of Evans’ detention camp, a female, Ogechi Amadi, said to be the woman
that rented the house and cooks for the kidnappers and their victims in
The rest are Suoyo Paul, aka Nwana, 42, a
native of Bayelsa State, and is said to be the one supplying the gang
with rifles and ammunition, while Ikenna Emeka, 28, from Anambra State,
said he participated in four kidnappings in Festac Town with Evans
before Evans sacked him from the gang for stealing an expensive wrist
watch and a ring from a victim without informing him.