By Marcel Samuel
Suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans yesterday broke down in tears at a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, where he was arraigned on fresh charges of kidnapping.
Evans had earlier refused to disembark from the Black Maria, but was later brought into the court room by Warders on order of Justice Adebayo Akintoye barefooted with his back filled with sand and his T-Shirt torn on his shoulder.
Evans after being docked immediately indicated that he had something to say.
“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 eye problem and I cannot see afar.
“What have I done to you people? They have been beating me, there is no good food. I have been locked up in one place since August 30, 2017. Why are they taking my case personally?
“Let me face my trial alive, why do you people want to kill me?” Evans said.
But one of the prison official countered him and told the court that Evans was well taken care of adding that a doctor had been seeing him after he complained about his health.
“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 checked him yesterday and even this morning before he was brought to court.
“The doctor says he is healthy and can be brought to court”, the prison official said.
Evans is charged alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba by the Lagos State Government on a fresh five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping and attempted murder.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Director of Prosecution, Shitta-Bey said Evans was just making it up as he is being treated well and that the doctor has also been attending to him.
“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”.
In his reaction, Justice Akintoye directed that the prisons officials should make sure Evans and co-defendants are treated like every other inmate, nothing that they were still presumed innocent.
He however stood down the matter pending when the first defendant’s counsel Olukoya Ogungbeje will be around.
Justice Akintoye adjourned the case till May 25, 2018 for commencement of trial.