It was jubilation and shout of joy yesterday at the Kam Selem House, the Lagos Headquarters annex of the Nigeria Police Force, and at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja as the long arm of the law finally caught up with the dare-devil ‘Evans’ the notorious and most wanted kidnap kingpin in Nigeria.
The Anambra born Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike, aged 36 (alias Evans) was arrested in his bedroom in the Magodo area of Lagos by the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) after a bounty of N30 Million naira was placed on his head by the Police following series of violent kidnap coordinated by him.
The notorious abductor, described as one the richest in the illicit trade hails from Umudim Village in Nnewi North Local Government of Anambra State has virtually confessed to all the atrocities he has been engaged in the past years.
Crime Fighters was reliably told that Chukwudidumeme (alias Evans) has opened up that he had been behind all the high profile kidnap incidents around the Eastern blocks, (Aba, Port-Harcourt, Onitsha and Lagos in particularly.
Detailing one by one all the kidnap incidents orchestrated by himself and his team. “Evans” told the Police that it was him that was behind the attempted abduction of the owner of the Young Shall Grow Motors. Mr. Mbarikatta Williams Uboma was kidnapped in 2012 on arrival from Hungary and a ransom of N2 million naira was paid to Evans before he could regain his freedom. Paul Cole age 34, a Director of Ocean Glory Commodities Apapa was kidnapped around Festac Town along with his GM, one Jude Ugole, a ransom of N5 Million naira was paid before they could regain their freedom.
Among the exploits of Chukwudidumeme (alias Evans) was the abduction of a 22-year-old Lebanese national, Mohammed Jamal who was kidnapped around Ajah in Lagos, blindfolded and ferried to Ojo cantonment where his family forced to dole out a whooping sum of N5 Million naira to secure his freedom.
It was gathered during interrogation that this awful king of kidnappers used Festac Town as his operational base in Lagos, hence most of his victims in Lagos were within that axis. Kingsley Nwokenta age 34, was kidnapped around the neighborhood of Festac Town, the sum of N 1naira and his Toyota Aveza was taken away the hoodlum. Anthony Ozoanidobi was also not lucky. He too was a victim of Evans in 2012. He was abducted along Marwa Road Satellite town, got released after his family paid 1.5 Million naira to Evans.
Chief Raymond Okoye also fell victim to “Evans” and his gang in 2016. For two months he was held captive until his family was able to secure his release with a ransom of 1Million. Leo Abraham was kidnapped along Badagry road Lagos, his family paid N5 million to effect his releases. Ojukwu Cosmas was equally kidnapped and paid to secure his freedom. This list of those who fell victim to Evans and his gang are inexhaustible between 2011 and 2017 before he met his end.
A reliable Police sources hinted that when the Police broke into his bedroom yesterday,Chukwudidumeme (alias Evans) was murmuring that he was finished, “I know this is my end” he said. When the Police asked him about of his wife and five children, Crime Fighters was told that the suspect told the Police that he had relocated his family to Ghana, a neighboring country. He is said to own two properties in Ghana.
Items recovered during a search in his house are a mobile phone valued at 6000 USD and other valuable documents. His arrest yesterday brings to a close the activities of his cells as most of his gang members including his second in command have been nabbed by the Police at different times and location in the country.