Wherever you are, please, lift your hands and pray for the ‘notorious
kidnapper,’ “Evans” Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, the man whose Igbo native
names roughly translate as “God-leads-me-in-whatever-I-do” (for
Chukwudumeme), “Death-is-no respecter-of-a-warrior/great man”
He needs prayer, a lot of it, following his formal arraignment along his
gang members, in court, this week, on multiple charges of murder, armed
robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition
filed against him by the Force Legal Department and Lagos State
Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before the Lagos State High
Court, Ikeja; with subsequent ones coming up at the Federal High Court
and Edo State High Court, Benin.
While the arraignment, on Wednesday, centred on his abduction of Mr.
Donatus Dunu from whom he and his gang members collected N150 million
before he escaped from their custody, 13 other substantive cases, nine
in Lagos, and four in Edo, carrying 52 charges in all, are set to be
brought against him and his gang, with time. You can see why he badly
needs prayers. So? Could you, kindly close your eyes and pray for him!
Time to beg victims
While you are at it, Evans says he is ready, God helping him out of this
one, not only to repent but also to do the necessary penance. He will
apologise to his victims if he meets them in court, he promises in an
exclusive interview with Saturday Sun. “I will,” he swears. “I have been
begging them. When they came to interview me, I knelt down and begged
them. I am still begging them to forgive me.”
So? In your prayers, ask God to touch his victims to forgive him. Yes,
as he forgave those who called him a billionaire. “I am not a
billionaire,” he responded when you asked whether he is truly a
billionaire like news headlines and reports are trying to present him.
“It’s just because of the kind of money I collected from the victims,
that is why they decided to refer to me as a billionaire.”
Evans a pastor?
And, please, let somebody shout Hallelujah fourteen times. Asked if
given a chance, he would like to become a pastor, he answers that he is
already one. He regrets his action and tries to emphasise that point
over and over in this interview with him and he promises to be a changed
person. Even before this time, he was not really as bad as people are
trying to paint him. None of his victims was tortured nor killed in the
process, he pointed out.
“The only time that someone died (during his operations) was during the
attempted kidnap of the chairman of The Young Shall Grow Motors,” he
swears. “During that operation, we were attacked and there was exchange
They shot at us and my gang members shot back at them. It was in the
morning that I heard that one inspector and the driver who drove the
Young Shall Grow chairman died. It was an unfortunate incident. I have
totally regretted everything about crime. It does not pay. I keep
telling people to learn from my story. Crime does not pay. Everything I
acquired all these years are gone just in a day. I will be an agent of
change in prison.”
Oh boy! “I already have a covenant with God. If police take me to court,
I told God that I will not tell lies against the police or victims. I
promise to tell the court the truth about any crime that I am guilty of.
Please, people of Nigeria should forgive me.”
Ready to pay for his sins
With 14 cases, 52 charges or whatever hanging on his neck, he is ready
to plead guilty to them all if doing so will help get him off the hook,
he assures you.
“Yes, I will,” he says, looking directly into your eyes. “I want to do
so because I don’t want those lawyers to be deceiving me. I don’t want
them to mislead me.” Asked about the lawyer defending him on the case,
he said: “I don’t know how he came about the matter.”
May God take power from the devil, you almost found yourself saying like
Mama Joe, a character in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Purple
Hibiscus, is wont to say. So he is not going to accept the lawyer’s help
if he meets him in court? He curtly replies no before adding that he is
hoping to get a lighter sentence.
This is to believe that you are still praying for Evans! Please, what
point are you in your prayers for him? What exactly are you asking God
to do for him? “I just believe in God for a miracle,” he tells you. “I
will serve God all my life. I also promised the police that I will help
them to fight crime.”
If I die, I die
In addition, he is asking forgiveness from his victims. “I will continue
to beg them to forgive me even if they attempt to kill me and If I have
to die, then I die”, he says. You guess he has not seen his wife and
kids since he was arrested, you told him. What message would he want you
to give to them? “I want you to tell them that I am still alive and
healthy. They should simply pray for me that the court will not sentence
me to death.”
…How HE betrayed us – Gang members
As Nigerians await the trial of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme
Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, some of his gang members have
accused him of not keeping to their oath of secrecy.
It was gathered that Evans assisted the police to nab several members of
his gang including his informants. He also handed over with ease to the
police two serving soldiers who actively participated in most of the
kidnap operations that he organised.
Among those arrested is Eric Ezeala, another notorious kidnapper and
armed robber who owns several mansions in Abuja, Lagos and Imo State.
During interrogation by the police, he accused Evans of not keeping to
their oath of secrecy if caught.
Also in police custody are two persons who provided all the information
needed to kidnap some of his victims. Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu was the one
who allegedly gave information of how and where to find the Pharmacist
Donatus Duno and two others who were abducted by Evans.
Recall that Duno was the victim who escaped from Evans hideout in Igando
area of Lagos, a development which gave the police a clue as to how to
track and end the reign of terror by Evans and his gang.
Another informant, Chiemeka Arinze admitted to the police that he was
the brain behind the attempted kidnap of the Chairman of Young Shall
Grow Motors, Vincent Obianodo. The two serving soldiers were identified
as Corporal Victor Chukwunonso and Corporal Chilaka Ifeanyi. They have
now been dismissed by the army and handed over to the police for
Next is Udeme Frank Ubong who supplies arms to Evans. The suspect,
according to the police fled Lagos when the news of Evans arrest hit the
And Evans got VIP treatment
After the miraculous arrest of Evans, Saturday Sun gathered that he had
given up hope of survival because of the extent of terror he unleashed
on his victims. Evans was known to have chained and blindfolded all his
victims for several months.
At first, he swore that he was going to take his secrets to the grave.
Evans had told Saturday Sun reporter who had an opportunity to interview
him a day after he was arrested that it is finished. “I have five
children and since I am likely going to die, let me save some money for
them,” he had said.
Evans became a Very Important Person (VIP) when the media learnt about
his arrest. Every media house both local and international wanted to
talk to him. He became an instant celebrity. “Even as policemen, we were
cautious of the fact that if anything happens to Evans, some policemen
might lose their jobs. This was one of the reasons he was moved to
Abuja where he was kept in a VIP cell. No one wanted any sort of scandal
because his arrest was seen as one of the greatest achievements of IGP
Ibrahim Idris”, a police officer disclosed.
Evans who claims to have cancer of the stomach got all the medical
attention he needed while in police custody. In exchange for his safety,
he helped the police to track and arrest about 15 members of his gang.
“It was a great harvest although some of them are still on the run. He
gave the police all the information needed to track the remaining
members of his gang who are still on the run. Evans despite how
hardened he is, is a good father. One of his greatestconcerns was to
live and watch his children grow. He was ready to remain in prison and
have the opportunity to see his children.
He told us that he needs to personally tell his children the story of
his life. He was concerned that if he does not live to talk to his
children especially his sons, they might be worse than him. We were even
shocked Evans pleaded guilty. He knew that he was safer inside prison
than to witness the wrath of family and friends of his victims. He also
told me that as long as his victims are aware that he is alive and
paying for his crime, they could spare his children. Above all, taking
him to court was a big relief, because it was very expensive to feed and
buy his drugs”, a police source stated.
Obviously aware that nemesis has caught up with them, informants told
the police their role in the successful execution of Evans kidnap
operations. Okwuchukwu popularly known as Baba Eko claimed that he was
under spell and it only dawned on him that what he was doing is evil
when he was arrested by the police.
On his exploits with Evans, he recalled that their relationship dates
back to 2013. “I was in my shop at Trade Fair Complex in Lagos State
when Evans whom I know as Somtochukwu just walked up to my stand and
said he wanted to buy re
charge card. I used to sell recharge card back then” he said
“I was about giving him the quantity of recharge card that he requested
for when he suddenly asked if I was from Anambra State. I said yes and
he embraced me and said that he is from Anambra too. He started
complaining and asked if I knew one Okoye who is from my town. He
complained bitterly that the man is owing him. I told him that it is not
possible because, I know the man very well. I told him that the Okoye I
knew is very rich. Weeks later, I learnt that he was kidnapped. I did
not suspect him at all.
“He later came to my shop and said that he wants to buy a perfume. I
took him to the Ucheson’s shop because he is an authentic dealer in
original perfume. I told him that Ucheson is very rich and one of the
most successful men at the Trade-fair and also from Anambra State.
He asked me to let him know when the man will be going home, it never
occurred to me that he had a bad intention. I gave him the information
as soon as I noticed him leaving.”
Baba Eko claimed that he was shocked when Evans opened up to him that he
is a professional kidnapper. “A week later, he came and gave me one
million naira. I was so excited because I had told him that I needed
financial assistance .It was after that he came again and gave me money.
I assumed that he wanted to assist me because I told him that I was
defrauded. It was then that he told me that he is a kidnapper and was
the one who picked Ucheson and Okoye.
“I was shocked but since I needed money, I decided to play along. The
next week, he gave me another one million naira and N700, 000 and
finally N350, 000. Months later, he came to tell me that he is
interested in picking Duno, the pharmacist.
I knew that I will gain a lot if he succeeded, so I gave him all the
information that he needed. I gave him Duno’s phone number and also gave
him his vehicle number plate and his schedule. I assured him that the
man is very rich. I was still waiting for my share when we he
ard on the news that he escaped.”
Insisting that he was under a spell, Baba Eko said that he never
approached Evans with any information. “He was the one that normally
came to me for information and I will give him. I unknowingly gave him
information on Okoye . It was Ucheson and Duno that I voluntarily
offered to provide information that will help him easily kidnap them. So
far, I collected about N3million from him before I was caught.”
Another informant, Chiemeka Arinze aged 39 was arrested on July 27,
2017. Arinze, a native of Oba village in Idemili local government area
of Anambra state was arrested in Lagos. He confessed that he was the one
who brought the job of kidnapping Chief Vincent Obianodo, owner of
Young Shall Grow Motors in 2013. He further confessed that he personally
monitored Obianodo’s movement for weeks before the gang led by Evans
Eric Ezeala aged 42 and popularly known as Baba Kekere is alleged to be
one of the boys that Evans trained. Eric who is still under
investigation told the police that his relationship with Evans dates
back to 2015.
“After the death of my father in 1985, life became so difficult that I
had to drop out of secondary school. Sometime in 1989, I relocated to
Lagos and started learning how to become a mechanic. After two years, I
was able to raise some money and start my own shop where I sold food
stuffs. I did that for five years. I saved money and decided to relocate
to Australia. I was unlucky and fell into the trap of a fraudster who
collected my money and disappeared.
“As a mechanic, I learnt how to construct master key that can be used to
open cars. During that time, I got to meet some boys who I assisted to
construct such keys. I knew what they were doing with those keys but I
decided not to report them or stop helping them because they were paying
so much money.
“After I lost everything to the travel agent, I decided to join those
boys to steal cars. Initially, what we normally do is just to ransack
the car and pick every valuable in it including parts of the car that
could be sold. It was a good business and I made a lot of money from
that. I knew how to construct the key, so naturally I became their
leader. I had so much money that I could travel to Dubai on vacation
with my wife and children. I also built a Bungalow in Agege area of
“I was running my show till sometime in 2015 when I met Evans at Lagos
international airport. He told me that he is a drug baron and we
exchanged numbers and continued communicating”
According to Eric, their new found relationship started yielding a lot
of money after Evans decided to use his house as his hideout. “Weeks
after we met, he called me that he was coming to my house with some
persons. When they arrived, I discovered that one of them was
blindfolded and they were all armed.
Evans told me that the man was owing him and that he will detain him
until he pays his debt. I am not a child so I insisted that he should
tell me the truth. He opened up and I allowed him to use my house as
long as I will get my own share of the ransom. My wife and my children
are based in Abuja, so there was no distraction. Days later after the
man regained his freedom, I was given N1.5million. He used my house
severally, and I was paid not less than a million on each occasion.
“I have my own gang and we hardly kidnap people, our own specialty is to
use master key to steal cars and sell them. We also target very rich
persons and when we enter their cars, the valuables that we get when
sold give us more money than selling the car. There was a case where we
got thousands of dollars and when converted gave us about N8 million.”
On the list of houses confiscated by the police, Ezeala said that he
bought the land from the proceeds from his food stuff business. “I only
used the proceeds from robbery and kidnapping to build it to this
standard. When I learnt that Evans had been arrested, I quickly sold my
house in Lagos for N8million and relocated to Abuja. I expected Evans to
keep his mouth shut but unfortunately he gave them (police) my name.”
When informed that Evans had pleaded guilty in court, Eric screamed, “It is not possible. I am not surprised, Evans betrayed us”