Suspected billionaire kidnaper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has narrated how officers of the Nigerian Police Force hid him in the toilets to prevent a lawyer, Femi Falana SAN from seeing him at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS unit of the Lagos State Police Command.
Evans last Friday, told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that the event occurred in the office of the Lagos Coordinator of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Response Team, one Mr. Phillip, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), soon after his arrest in 2017.
The kidnap suspect made the claim while testifying in a trial within trial to determine whether the court should admit his confessional statement to the police. He narrated that the police told Falana that they had taken him out for investigation, but the lawyer suspected otherwise and warned the Police to prosecute rather than execute him.
Evans also stated that “Falana warned him that he did not want to hear that I had been taken for investigation only to be shot dead. He said he didn’t want to hear that I was trying to escape and then I was shot dead. He told them that if I had committed any offence, I should be charged to court.”
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Witness to the prosecutor (Lagos State government), Inspector Idowu Haruna, whose testimony preceded Evans’ told the judge that he took the suspect’s statement. Haruna who is also a member of the IGP Response Team, that arrested Evans, explained that the suspect never requested for a lawyer and none of his family members was present when the confessional statement was made.
CSP Phillip corroborated Haruna’s testimony, saying, “The defendant was brought to my office after his statement was taken. I read the statement to him and asked him if he was forced to make the statement. He said no.”
He further stated that Evans was in a good mood when he was brought by Inspector Idowu. Evans who disputed their claims was led in evidence by his counsel, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, who accused the Police of assaulting him, and, after allegedly murdering several suspects in his presence in a “Saddam Hussein” style of execution, he was terrorised into signing an already prepared confessional statement he never made.
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