The Billionaire Kidnapper, Chukwudumeme
Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, on Friday, raised an alarm that
Prison authorities for three days in a row, have denied him food.
Evans said this during an argument which
ensued between him and some Prison officers, immediately he was ushered
into the courtroom.
According to Evans, the Prison
authorities deprived him of change of clothes, food, and access to
having his bath, since Wednesday.
“This is unfair, I have not been given
food and change of clothes. I was not given an opportunity to bath on
Wednesday. I am seriously hungry now”, Evans lamented.
“They locked us in
one place, no food, no bathing, since three days, I am hungry now”,
Evans shouted to the hearing of the Reporters.
His fellow defendants also confirmed the development, even as a senior NPS official denied the allegations.
Recall, that Evans and five others were
charged with conspiracy to commit the felony and kidnapping, contrary to
section 411 of the Criminal Law Cap 17 Laws of Lagos State 2015; claims
they have since denied.
Evans’ co-defendants are: Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba.
At the commencement of Friday’s
proceedings, Counsel to the sixth defendant, Emmanuel Ochai, also
corroborated all the defendants claims that they had not been fed or
allowed to have their bath in three days.
Responding to the allegations, the presiding Judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, raised concerns about the welfare of the defendants.
“The Director of Public Prosecution
should please investigate this allegation. A defendant is innocent until
he is proven guilty by a competent court”, he said.
In her response, the Lagos State
Prosecutor, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, told the court that the prosecution
would promptly investigate the allegations.
Earlier during the proceedings, Justice
Oshodi dismissed an application by the only female defendant, Ogechi
Uchechukwu, asking to be released on bail.
In his ruling, Justice Oshodi said he
found no merit in her application for bail, noting that the defendant
has no concrete base in Lagos, and would constitute a flight risk.
“The 6th defendant claimed that the
Police only arrested her, because she is the wife of one of the
defendants. But according to the prosecution, the No 21, Ishaye street,
Igando apartment where the victims of the kidnapping ring were allegedly
kept, was rented in her name.
“In her statement, she claimed that her
husband and the 1st defendant were business partners who deal in drugs,
claims which need to be proved before this court. I hereby find no merit
in this application, and the defendant should be kept in custody for
her own safety, due to the severity of the case”, the Judge ruled.
The matter could however not go on, as
the 4th defendant had no legal representation. The Judge thereafter
adjourned the matter till January 19, 2018, for cross-examination of the
first witness and continuation of trial.