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EVANS: Police end investigation in 90 days

By Innocent Anaba & Evelyn Usman

Police will today, arraign suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onwuamadike, popularly called Evans, at the Ikeja High Court, Lagos.

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Police will today, arraign suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onwuamadike, popularly called Evans, at the Ikeja High Court, Lagos.

Evans was arrested in his Magodo residence in Lagos three months ago, after years of being wanted by the police, in connection with alleged high profile kidnaps in the country.

Contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole said: “Evans will be arraigned at the Ikeja High Court tomorrow morning.”

Application stalls N300m fundamental rights judgment

Judgment by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, in the N300 million fundamental rights suit by alleged kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, was, yesterday, stalled, following a fresh application by the Nigeria Police in the case.

The Police in the application told the court that they did not authorise any lawyer to represent the authority in the case.
After parties in case were announced for judgment to be delivered by trial judge in the matter, Justice Abdulazeez Anka, counsel to the Police, Mr David Igbodo, said he had brought a fresh application, claiming the organisation service was not given a “fair hearing” in the case.

Igbodo, a Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Section at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, represented the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police.

He told the court that the lawyer, Mr Henry Obiazi, who had previously argued the case on behalf of the police, was not instructed to act for the IGP or the Police.

In the pending application which was filed on August 21, the police are praying the court to set aside all the “purported” arguments made by Obiazi in the case.”

The police also asked the court to set aside the ruling delivered by Justice Anka on August 16, adjourning the case for judgment on August 29.

Igbodo argued that the judge adjourned the case without hearing from the first and second respondents, the IG and the Nigeria Police.

He is asking for an order granting leave to the IG and the Police to file their counter-affidavits to the suit and for the court to consider their response duly filed and served, adding that that the police were not served Evans’ suit and were not given an opportunity to file a defence.

“We believe, My Lord, understands the principle of fair hearing. We are ready to move the application,” he contended.
Evans through his lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, is asking the court to either order his unconditional release from detention or to charge him to court in addition to a demand for N300 million damages for illegal detention.

Ogungbeje, in his submission, however, urged the judge to go ahead and deliver the judgment.

“We have not been served with that application. On August 16, arguments were taken from parties and Your Lordship graciously reserved today for judgment. It is our strong view that this application is calculated to arrest the judgment.

“The assertion that we refused service of the fresh application cannot be true when judgment has already been reserved,” he said.

In his ruling, Justice Anka noted that he could not go on with the judgment in the face of the fresh application.
He adjourned the case until September 5 for hearing of the application.


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