Give Me A Second Chance, I’ll Become Born-again –kidnap Kingpin, Evans Begs Police
It is no news that notorious kidnap gang leader, Chukwudi Onuamadike, a.k.a Evans was caught over the weekend at his Magodo home alongside his other gang members after an operation.
What is news is the revelation by the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who said he was stunned during Evans’ interrogation when he pleaded passionately, in tears, that he should be given a second chance to change to a better person, and become a born-again Christian.
The capture of Evans also revealed his mode of operation and a cache of arms and ammunition which were recovered by the police after his arrest.
Evans, a 36-year-old school dropout also revealed how he raked in the sum of $4m from four of his 13 captives in Lagos which he used to acquire two mansions worth N300m in Magodo Phase II, another two houses in Accra, Ghana, exotic cars, and expensive personal effects.
The kidnap kingpin who said he got into the act in 2015 was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja by the IGP alongside his other gang members namely; Nwosu Chukwuma, aka Sudo, 42; Suoyo Paul aka Nwana, 42; Felix Chinemerem, 36; Chukwuemeka Bosah, 28; Uchechukwu Amadi and Ogechi Amadi and a couple identified as Ugochukwu and Ogechi.
“I was into importation of spare parts here in Lagos. But in 2015, customs seized my goods worth N20m and I became stranded. That was when I went into kidnapping. I usually collect ransoms in dollars and the highest I got was $1m for a victim. I am also into drug. I used the proceeds from kidnapping and drug to buy property. I have a wife and five children. I can’t talk too much,” Evans said.
According to CSP Moshood Jimoh, who stood in place for the IGP, revealed that the police was talking with Interpol to unravel atrocities Evans had committed outside the country as they believe he was involved in cross-border crime.
“The force will build on this success and continue to prevent kidnap cases and criminality in the country,’’ he said.
Continuing, he added that; “During interrogation and preliminary investigation, Evans and his gangs confessed to all kidnappings linked to them. He received $1m each from four victims and is the vicious leader of a highly organised kidnap-for-ransom syndicate responsible for kidnapping of prominent Nigerians in the Western, Eastern, Southern and Northern states.”
Following the arrest of Evans and his other gang members, the police recovered five AK-47 rifles, one AK-49 rifle, two English pistols, 59 AK-47 magazine with ammunition, 1,272 pieces of live ammunition of AK-47 (9mm) and five number plates were reportedly recovered from the suspects.