By Abdulwahab Abdulah and Jane Echewedo
A prosecution witness yesterday informed an Ikeja High Court how suspected kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, was paid 223,000 Euros to secure the release of his victim, Donatus Duru.
In his evidence, the witness, Anselem Dunu, the elder brother of Donatus Duru, who was kidnapped on February 14, 2017, said his brother spent four months in custody of his kidnappers.
He told Justice Hakeem Oshodi that Evans did not release his brother even after collecting the ransom. Duru added that during this period, the kidnappers through phone calls threatened him and demanded 100 million Euros.
According to him, “On the 14th of February I received a phone call from my younger brother Innocent Duru informing me about my brother’s kidnap. We rushed to the Ilupeju Police Station where we reported the case. We were referred to SCID Panti where the CSP in charge told me that the pattern of kidnapping was similar to that of the notorious kidnapper, Evans.
“The CSP further told me to be strong adding that Evans would contact me in two weeks as it was his pattern, and that I should be strong because the kind of money Evans would ask us to bring can make me faint.
“After two weeks a private number called me and I heard my brother’s voice at the other end begging me to close all his bank accounts and give the kidnappers all the money. My brother’s voice was anxious and filled with pain. I told him that there was no way I could access his accounts since I was not a signatory.
The call ended abruptly. I was contacted again after four days and my brother sounded more desperate, begging me not to allow him die in captivity.