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The Nigeria Police Force has faulted the claim by Counsel to billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje, that officers of the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team extorted over N50m and other valuables worth millions of naira from his clients.

EVANS: ‘I'm ready to plead guilty to all charges to teach others a lesson, if I Die..’ – Gang member

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” (Onwuamadike).

Billionaire kidnapper: Police source reveals yet another critical secret of Evans

The Billionaire-Kidnapper, Chukwudi Onuamadike aka Evans, was once arrested in Lagos state . A Senior police officer who arrested the kingpin and his gang in 2006, reveals that a rift borne out of greed led to Evans’ arrest in Imo . According to the officer, Evans and his gang fell out as they were sharing the loot from a robbery attack A senior police officer whose name has been concealed to protect him from prosecution, has said that Evans was arrested in Imo state, but regained freedom afterwards. He told newsmen that Evans was arrested in 2006, after his gang of robbers attacked a commercial bank in Lagos. According to the source which spoke to The Punch, the robbers went somewhere around the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, to share the loot.

While sharing the loot, the robbers had a disagreement and shot one another. Seven members of the gang died instantly. The then Divisional Police Officer of Iponri Police Station, Yahaya Bello, now a deputy commissioner of police, was in the know of the incident, the sources claimed. According to the Senior officer, it was confirmed that one of the members of the gang arrested then was Chukwudi Onuamadike, popularly known as Evans. “If you look at his chest, I cannot remember whether it is the right or left side, there is a scar. It was as a result of the gunshot from his gang members that day.

He bled and there was no way he could run away before the police came. The case was transferred to the Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad. We investigated and discovered that they were armed robbers. Evans led the team. We also went to Mbidi Police Station, Imo state, to carry out an investigation on them. We were able to arrest two other members of the gang. We then had five of them in police custody” the source informed. A source informs that Evans was once arrested in Lagos state but was released by the Imo state police command. Reacting to prosecution of “Evans the robber”, the source said a certain policewoman at the Band Section of the Police College, Lagos, made attempts to have the criminal released. The lady known as Tina, a superintendent of police, insisted that “we should drop the case and that Onuamadike (Evans) was her brother. But when she was unable to achieve her aim, she travelled to Imo state.” Not long after, police in Lagos state, got a message from the Imo state police command saying that they had been searching for Evans and asked for the robber’s case to be transferred. The source reports that the Imo state command said they would continue from where the investigations had stopped in Lagos.

“Since that time, we did not hear anything. We heard he was later released there,” said the source. The senior police officer further stressed that Evans was not the only one released, other members were most likely set free. “The request was that we should transfer the case to them. We sent him and two members of his gang to the command. There is a hotel in Okota area where they used to meet to share their loot. The owner of the hotel was their friend. There was a time they robbed three banks in Alaba International Market in 2005. They also looted shops there. One of the owners of the shop complained to the police and we carried out an investigation. We discovered that some of the items stolen in the man’s shop were digital cameras. We traced the cameras to the hotel and into the office of the hotel owner. It was then that ‘big men’ started calling from everywhere that we should drop the charges against them. The owner of the hotel was later killed by the robbers, following a disagreement. His body was dumped by the roadside in one of the states in the East sometime ago”.

Advising the police on how to go about Evans’ case, the source said a proper investigation must be carried out. The senior officer noted that Evans links in South Africa, Ghana, and other African countries. In a similar vein, a soldier in the Nigerian army, lance corporal Victor Chukwunonso, has allegedly been arrested by the police for being a gang member of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans. Chukunonso, with Army No: 09/NA/64/6317 is attached to the Nigeria Army Band Corps, Abatti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos. Reports have it that he was arrested on Saturday by operatives of the inspector-general of Police Intelligence Response Team. Meanwhile NAIJ.com had reported that the notorious kidnapper a.ka. Evans at the Lagos state police command Headquarters, Ikeja, where he is being detained made other shocking revelations. Evans said he regretted not leaving the country with his family, saying he failed to follow his instincts.

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Billionaire kidnapper: Court jails Evans’ gang members for 41 years

Kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has said some prominent businessmen in the South-East provided information on victims and got a percentage from the ransom received.

The Nation reports that the suspect gave some names to the police.
Evans also confessed that some of his accomplices were based in Europe and were into drug business.

According to a source, Evans explained that he usually shared the loot with his informants on a 60%-40% basis. He has reportedly threatened to make a public announcement, if the police fails to arrest those he mentioned.

“It is true. He has mentioned some very prominent businessmen from the southeast as those who provided information on people he kidnapped.

“He claimed that they shared from the ransoms he collected.

“Evans claimed that most of his accomplices were based in Europe and that they were into drug business.

“The information he provided is being investigated. You do not expect the police to go and arrest people just like that.

“We have to be sure there is a connection between Evans and those mentioned. Once that is established, they would all be arrested.

“But he has been threatening to go public, if people mentioned are not arrested,” he said.

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Billionaire kidnapper: Court jails Evans’ gang members for 41 years

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, has told his interrogators one the secrets which had helped him to escape police drag net for seven years.
Evans, who it was learnt, took police to his third detention camp in Lagos yesterday, said he created multiple identities to be able to be a step ahead of security agents.

This came as the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, disclosed that Evans was arrested based on information sharing and intelligence cooperation among police services in West Africa.
The suspect had earlier boasted to be the lord of the kidnapping world.
He said: “To kidnappers out there, you have seen what I’m going through. You have seen it on television and read it in newspapers. For police to have arrested me, the lord of kidnappers, I think there are no other kidnappers out there. Those who are into kidnapping should stop it. Kidnapping doesn’t pay. I have learnt my lesson. I think there are no kidnappers anywhere.”
In living to his claims as the lord of kidnappers, Evans told his interrogators that he had a different name for different state of the federation.

For instance, the suspect is known at his Magodo residence as George but he is Evans in the Lagos criminal world.
“In Edo he is Sunny; in Port Harcourt, he is Richard; in Lagos he is Evans; in Anambra he is Somtu, etc, while some his girlfriends police arrested know him as Mike.
“Security agents in each state are looking for different persons whereas it is the same person. He was doing that just to outsmart security agents. He is extremely intelligent in crime matters,” a source said.
Speaking on Evans’ arrest, Idris said information sharing was crucial to tackling the menace of trans-border crimes in West Africa.
He said: “It is through such exchange that we were able to nab a Ghanaian/Nigerian kidnapper two weeks ago, after evading arrest for many years.”

Idris spoke at an ongoing West Africa international security conference in Accra, Ghana, in a paper entitled: “The role of Nigeria Police in national security and its contributions in West Africa.”
He said: “For several years, Evans terrorised Nigerians and nationals of many countries across West Africa. Efforts to apprehend him did not yield the desired results until we spread our search net wider.”
Idris, according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Jimoh Moshood, solicited closer ties among security agencies in the sub-region and emphasised the need to improve the method of monitoring and surveillance, particularly among border and coastal police units.
The IG called for improved communication capabilities among intelligence gathering outfits in West Africa, and called for mutual support to plug loopholes usually exploited by criminals.
He said that the Nigeria Police Force had 300,000 personnel in 127 area commands and 5,303 divisions.

According to him, the force has consistently contributed to stability and peace in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations and under United Nation (UN) mandates.
“The Nigeria Police Force trained 250 Liberian Police personnel in 2005 and has consistently offered training slots to police officers from Gambia and Sierra Leone at the Police Staff College, Jos and the Police Academy, Wudil.
“We also trained 100 police officers from the Republic of Niger on mobile police combat in 1998. At the end of the training, Nigeria donated trucks, riot equipment and tear smoke to the Nigerien government,” the IG said.

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My son was a nice young man before” – Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Father speaks

Father of Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans, has narrated how his son derailed.

While speaking to The Nation in his hometown in Nnewi, Stephen said his entire business collapsed in 1985 when he was defrauded.

He said Chukwudi’s mother abandoned her children and left his house.

Stephen added that he enrolled the now fearsome kidnap kingpin in the beat schools at the time but decided to stop school after writing his ordinary level examination.

He said,
“My son (Evans) insisted that he would trade in spare parts and I made arrangement with Cosmas Maduka, through his elder brother, to take him to Lagos, but the boy later rejected the plan, not knowing that he was being negatively teleguided.

“But in 1998, I left Nnewi for Lagos and I was living at Ikotun and started worshipping at T.B Joshua’s church, Synagogue, and when the boy came to me, I gave him money to go back to Nnewi after he found his way to Lagos where he said he had started learning a trade

“So, in 2005 again, he called me that he wanted to marry and I asked him how manage, because I was aware that he was not doing anything tangible, but he told me not to bother, that he needed my presence, which I obliged him.

“Chukwudi Onwuamadike who is being paraded as a kidnapper is my first son; there are other 10 of my children; eight boys and three girls, they were to be 12 but one died.

Stephen said he did not hear from his son for a long time but knew he was communicating with his mother.

“After his marriage in 2005, he moved back to Lagos with the wife and since 11 years, my brother, I will tell you that I don’t know his whereabouts.

“The only person who can tell you in and out of his movement, his connections and his dealings is his mother (Chinwe) because they are always discussing on phone and he does not call me.

“Anytime he wanted to call me, he would hide his phone number or any time his mother would be around, he would instruct his mother to give me her phone for me to answer.

“I met him in 2006 when I went for prayers at TB Joshua’s church (in Lagos). the last time I set my eyes on him was in 2012 during the birthday party of Prophet T.B Joshua in Lagos and I asked him what he was doing, he told me he was dealing in drugs.

“My son was a nice young man before he came under strange influences.”

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Billionaire kidnapper: Court jails Evans’ gang members for 41 years

Elder brother to Uchenna Precious Onwuamadike, wife of billionaire kidnapper, Chidumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans Chukwuemeka Okoye has revealed that since his sister got married in 2006, she has not visited their village.

Precious Onwuamadike, who is the last of 13 children hails from Awo Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Speaking with Vanguard, on Monday, Okoye said even when their father died in 2014, Uchenna and her husband never came for his burial.

Okoye, a farmer at Oraifite stated that he had not been communicating with his sister even on telephone, adding that he does not even know that she has five children.

He said: “Our father was very sick when Uchenna got married and he was bedridden for eight years before he died in 2014. It was her father in-law that came for the burial.

“Once she got married, nobody heard from her again and sometimes we heard that she was living abroad.

“My elder brother who is living abroad once told me that he communicated with her and there was no way I could know their present predicament because I do not watch television, neither do I have a mobile phone that can be used for browsing.”

Okoye noted that despite the poverty in their family, Uchenna and her husband never cared.

He said that he had not even heard that his sister’s husband was a kidnapper.

The farmer said their aged mother, who is diabetic, was presently residing with one of his brothers in the North for about one year.

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Police storm billionaire kidnapper’s detention camps

Billionaire kidnaper, Chukwumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, yesterday took policemen to the buildings where he used to detain his victims, pending when they pay his ransom demands.

This was even as he bragged that the he was the lord of kidnapping in the country.
“If police could arrest me, then there is no other kidnapper,” Evans quipped as he led armed policemen round his detention camps.
Although the suspect said he had three buildings where he used to keep his victims, he was able to take police to two.
The police called off the investigation because it was getting late.
According to Evans, even if he abducts victims from other states, he would bring them down to Lagos. He said he had a camp at Igando, Ejigbo and Gowon Estate.

Speaking about the Jakande building, located at Ejigbo, Evans said: “I rented the building in 2010 and used it for as a detention camp. I paid a year’s rent. I rented the Jakande building for N750,000. The building hosted three victims. The victims are Udoji, who I collected $1 million from, Emesbos, who paid me $300,000, while the third victim paid $250,000.
“I have just three camps in Lagos, where I keep victims. I have at Jakande, Igando and Gowon area of the metropolis. Whenever I noticed policemen were after me, I would move such a victim to a different camp, to prevent policemen from tracking me. I also operated several bank accounts, but I used GTB constantly.

“My wife lied when she said she didn’t spend part of my money. She only wanted Nigerians to have sympathy for me. But sincerely, she didn’t know I was into kidnapping. I told her that I was into drug trafficking, which she advised me to stop, saying it was dangerous.”
Narrating his experience in police detention, Evans said that his cell mates were treating him well.
He noted that policemen were good and took care of him. The suspect said he wouldn’t have blamed them if they refused to take care of him, stressing that he was the cause of his problem.
Weeping like a broken hearted man, Evans sniffed: “I’m the cause of my problem. I’m reaping what I sowed. If I’m given a second chance, I’ll be the most grateful person on earth. I promise to be an advocate of anti-kidnapping in the country.”
He denied speculations that he had a car called Phantom.

Evans said: “The only cars I have are Toyota Hilux worth N4 million, Nissan pickup (N7 million), Lexus Jeep GS460 (N22 million, 2016 model), Range Rover N55 million and Lexus Jeep GL47 (N9 million).
“I never really got to enjoy the money I made because I was always on the run, trying to avoid police. I was not going to clubs, hotels, etc. because I was afraid that policemen would come after me.”
Like he had narrated before, Evans said he dropped out of school in JSS2, after his father refused to pay his to pay his tuition fees. He said he had been fending for himself since he was 10 years old, with support from his mother. The suspect said his mother was paralysed and now on her sick bed.

Evans also took police to the building at Igando, where he used to camp his victims.
He said: “This house has two different apartments. I rented the building for N1 million for a year. I only kept two victims in the house. They are Chief Umeh and the pharmacist, Chief Donatus Duru. Chief Duru escaped. We collected N23 million euros from the family. We demanded 300 million euros before his family members paid us 23 million euros. They promised to bring the rest. But when we collected the money, I told my boys to release the man. They were the ones holding him. By then, I was already suspecting that policemen were closing in on me.

“I was surprised when I heard that Chief Duru escaped from the detention camp. It was one of my boys who called to inform me about the development. I am still not convinced that Uche and Emeka did not collect money from the victim’s family and released him. It was after two weeks that I received a call from my spy in the community that policemen had busted the house and recovered arms and ammunition.
“I don’t used to come here; I have boys on ground, working. They always give me information about developments on a daily basis. That alone, gave me the assurance that all was well with the victims. When I heard that the Igando house had been busted, I threatened the camp officer, Uche, that I was going to kill him. I didn’t mean it. I just wanted to get the truth about the escape of the pharmacist from him.”
Evans claimed he strongly believed in God. He said that was why he compelled his wife and children to be prayerful and concentrate on Psalm 23.

He added: “My wife doesn’t know why I was so much in love with Psalm 23. It’s because of the sins I had committed. I have always asked my children to ask for forgiveness for me and also pray that I should not die young. I believe in God, because He is the only one that can save me from the problem I find myself. I believe it was greed that pushed me into the kidnapping. I don’t believe in juju.
“I always organised my boys on the phone at detention camps. I asked my boys to do the findings about houses to rent and get back to me. I used to give them my specification of house. I don’t just rent any house, anywhere, especially because of what we used the buildings for. Before I stopped going to my village, I gave my father N3 million. I bought him a ‘jeep’ and a pickup van. I believe that part of the money I gave him was what he used to establish his piggery business. Had it been my father took care of me, I wouldn’t have become what I am today.”

Evans also accused his stepmother of being behind his life of crimes and present woes.
According to him, his stepmother used charms to destabilise his life.
The suspect claimed that the woman did that because she found out he was a child of promise. Evans denied that his stepmother gave him a Bible.

He said: “I don’t know when or where she gave me the Bible, which she claimed to have given me. My stepmother used charms to chase my mother out of my father’s house. My mother was the only one taking care of me. We are 11 children from my mother. My mother tried a lot in taking care of us. How I wish policemen would allow me to see my mother once more. She is on sick bed. I know she would be longing to see me. I am missing her.”

Evans revealed that he and his wife were planning to leave for Canada before his arrest. He noted that the woman was still in Ghana.
He added: “I love my children. Government should give me a second chance. I want to change. Those I have kidnapped should forgive me. I want to take care of my kids; police should take all what I have made from the crime world. I want to give to my children what my father could not give me. If my father had tutored me well, I wouldn’t have found myself in the trouble I am today.
“I want government to charge me to court; they should not kill me, so that my children will be able to come and see me in prison. I will be able to tell them my children that crime does not pay. I want to give them good upbringing.”
Speaking directly to other kidnappers, Evans said: “To kidnappers out there, you have seen what I’m going through. You have seen it on television and read it in newspapers. For police to have arrested me, the lord of kidnappers, I think there are no other kidnappers out there. Those who are into kidnapping should stop it. Kidnapping doesn’t pay. I have learnt my lesson. I think there are no kidnappers anywhere.

“I started drug business at the age of 25. We get most of the cocaine from Pakistan and other Asian countries. I used to take drugs to Holland, South African and some parts of Europe. We got a powder from China, which we normally rub on briefcase that contains the drug. Whenever the sniffer dogs smell the bags, they will not feel anything. That was how I was able to smuggle the drugs. Some time, I swallow the drugs. I once swallowed drug which busted in my stomach, leading to cancer. It was in 2008, that I was diagnosed with colon cancer in a hospital in Ghana. It was after I started feeling stomach ache that I went to Ghana. I also have high blood pressure. Since then, I have been treating the cancer with various drugs.”
Evans said that he attended Anglican Church at Ketu.

before he moved to Ghana. He said that members of the church knew him as a businessman.
Repeating what his wife said, Evans said: “During my first child dedication in the church, I gave N50,000. Subsequent worship service, I gave between N10,000 and N20,000, so that nobody would suspect me in the church.”

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