Friday, 14 September 2018

Evans Shot Me, Victim Tells Court

A prosecution witness, Chief James Uduji, on Friday told Lagos High Court in Igbosere that suspected 'billionaire' kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, shot him during his kidnap and afterwards pretended to be a doctor.

Uduji told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that Evans was the driver of the Lexus 470 SUV which he and three other members of his gang used during the operation.

The witness testified at the commencement of the prosecution's case against Evans and his co-defendants; Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

The four were arraigned on June 26 following the dismissal of Evans' objection to a five-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping and attempted murder, preferred against them by the Lagos State Government.

The defendants and others at large allegedly committed the offences on September 7, 2015, at Seventh Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.

The allegedly conspired and kidnapped Uduji, obtained a ransom of $ 1.2 million dollars and shot him on the shoulder while trying to kill him.

They pleaded not guilty.

Evans is also facing another charge of conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder, before the same judge.

Uduji said: "I was inside my Hilux van with my two drivers when the men came and pulled me out of my vehicle and dragged me inside their own vehicle.

"I was not blindfolded at this point, so I saw the men clearly and the man at the steering wheel with a gun was Evans; he is the only one I can recognize among the four," Uduji said.

The witness testified that it was when he was dragged out of his vehicle, that I noticed that he was stained with blood.

"I then realized that I had a bullet wounds," he explained.

Uduji said the kidnappers called a doctor on phone who treated his bullet wound at their destination.

The witness said he was given two tetanus injections for seven days, adding that Evans was the so-called doctor who treated him.

He said that he stayed for 45 days in captivity and a ransom of 1.2 million dollars was paid before he was released by the alleged kidnappers.

Uduji told the court that the ransom was paid in three installments by his brothers, adding that he was released eight days after the ransom was paid.

The witness was cross-examined by all the defendants' counsel, Mr Olarewaju Ajanaku who represented Evans, Mr Ogedi Ogu who represented the second defender and Mr Emmanuel Ochai for the fourth defendant.

Ajanaku observed that the specific date when Uduji was released from the kidnappers was not mentioned in the statement made at the police station.

He also stated that the date told the court that he made the statement at the police station was different from the date contained in the statement.

According to the charge, the defendants also allegedly fired shots at Mr Donatus Nwoye which hit him on the hand.

The court heard that they also shot Jeremy Okezie, Uduji's driver, on the hand and head.

At the conclusion of Uduji's testimony, the prosecution called Jerome Okezie, as its second witness.
Okezie testified that he had bullet wounds from the kidnappers' gun shots, adding that I pretended to be dead after he was shot.

He said he was taken to the hospital by some people after the kidnappers took his boss away.

The offences, according to the prosecution, contravened Sections 230 (a) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Justice Akintoye adjourned further proceedings till September 17.

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