Evans had refused to come down from the Black Maria vehicle which conveyed him and other suspects to the court, which prompted the intervention of Justice Adedayo Akintoye to order the prison warders to bring him into the courtroom.
When he eventually came down, Evans was handcuffed into the courtroom and led to the dock. While in the dock, he raised his hand and told the judge that he had something to say, Channels tv reports.
When he was allowed to speak, the suspected kidnapper told Justice Akintoye that he was not being treated well in prison. He said;
The warder from Kirikiri Maximum Prison, however, denied these claims. He told the court that Evans received care like every other inmate, and that he had been seeing a doctor since he complained about his health.”I have an explanation to make. Since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me; no visit, they don’t feed me well. I have an eye problem and I cannot see far.”
Evans, then interrupted the prison warder, claiming it was a nurse who came to check him and not a doctor. He added that he was only allowed one visit.“We have been treating him very well, he is well fed, and people have been visiting him. A doctor has been checking him. The doctor came to check him yesterday (Sunday) and even this morning before coming to court.“He was saying he can’t be in court that he is not feeling fine, but when the doctor checked him yesterday and this morning, the doctor said he was healthy and that he sees no reason why he can’t be in court,” he said.
According to the prosecution, the offences committed are Punishable Under Sections 409 and 269 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.
She also told the court that the suspect is being treated well in prison while a doctor has been attending to him. Shitta-Bey noted.
Justice Akintoye, on her part, ordered the prison authorities to ensure that Evans was well taken care of like the other inmates. She also stated that the defendants were still presumed innocent until proven guilty.“That was the same thing he said before an Ikeja High Court and we wrote the prisons and they wrote us back that he was being taken care of like every other inmate,”
The judge further stood down the matter pending when Evan’s counsel, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, would be present in court.
This followed a letter sent in by Ogungbeje before the proceedings that the court should stand down the case as he was on his way, a request Shitta-Bey objected while stating that it could be another tactic to delay the matter.
The court, however, acceded to Ogungbeje request and the matter was stood down. After the court rose, Evans broke down in tears, decrying his alleged poor treatment in the prison facility.
The suspect continued this even when his lawyer, Ogungbeje, finally arrived in court and tried to pacify him.“What have I done to you people? They have been beating me, no good food, I have been locked up in one place since August 30.“Why are they taking my case personal? Let me face my trial alive, why do you people want to kill me?” he lamented.
Following Ogungbeje’s arrival, the court reconvened, and Evans was arraigned on fresh five charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder.
He was arraigned alongside three others, Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba. After their fresh arraignment, the court subsequently adjourned till May 25 for trial.