By Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor
lagos—Police detectives attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, were stunned, yesterday, when the arrested kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, took them on a wild-goose-chase round Lagos in frantic search for one of the dens where he used to keep his victims.
Vanguard gathered that the expectant detectives who left police Command headquarters, Ikeja in the early hours of the day, in company of the suspect, were jolted by the way he took them round the city aimlessly for hours only to leisurely inform them later that he could not locate the den because one of his gang members rented it.
When the weary detectives told him that he shouldn’t have led them on such a fruitless search, Evans said; “I cannot divide myself into two as your boss.
“The person that rented the place is now in Abuja. You can look for him there. I have done my own and I cannot deceive you people. So, look for him in Abuja.”
Meanwhile, Vanguard learnt that many of the wealthy men that fell victims to the exploits of the kidnap kingpin, Evans, shied away from calls by the police for a meeting towards proper record of his operations for prosecution.
It was gathered that during a meeting which was attended by a negligible few of his victims, last Monday, emotions ran high as they recounted their tribulations before their tormentor, Evans, whom they had the rare opportunity of meeting one on one.
Though the police tried very hard to shield their meeting from newsmen, it was learnt that Evans was able to recount and agree with the victims over the amount both in local and foreign currencies paid as ransom.
Most amazing was the vivid and accurate recount of how one of the very wealthy victims of Igbo extraction (names withheld) doled out foreign currencies to him in Lagos after which he was released with a firm promise to complete the payment later.
Sources said the visibly angry victim told bewildered detectives how Evans forced him to pay the remaining ransom after his release within the specified period.
According to him, Evans continued putting pressure on him until he was forced to pay the balance to him in a hotel room in Anambra state.
So far, according to sources, efforts are in top gear by detectives to obtain as many useful statements and evidence as possible from his victims with a view to having water- tight evidence that will finally nail the suspects during the prosecution.