Evans Breaks Down In Tears In Court –“Why Do You People Want to Kill Me”?

Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, an alleged kidnapper better known as Evans, has accused officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service of treating him inhumanely.

Evans, who was at the Lagos State High court, where he was arraigned on two fresh charges of kidnapping, on Monday, had earlier refused to come down from the prison van.

He was, however, prevailed upon by warders acting on the orders of Justice Adedayo Akintoye to bring him out of the van. As he appeared before the judge, Evans, dressed in a pair of shorts and a green T-shirt, signaled to him that he wanted to say something.

“I have an explanation to make,” he said in handcuffs “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.”

Refuting his claim, one of the prison officials said: “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 came to check him yesterday (Sunday) and even this morning before coming to court… because he was saying he can’t be in court, that he is not feeling fine.

“But when the doctor checked him yesterday (Sunday) and this morning, the doctor said he was healthy and that he saw no reason why he shouldn’t be in court.”

According to Evans, the prison official’s claim that a doctor saw him was not true but rather he was seen by a nurse.

However, Ogedi Ogbu, counsel to Joseph Emeka, the second defendant, revealed to the court that his client had also made similar grievances.

Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos State Director of Prosecutions, urged the court not to fall for the gimmicks of Evans.

“That was the same thing he said before an Ikeja High Court; when we wrote the prisons, they wrote us back that he was being taken care of like every other inmate,” Shitta-Bey said.

However, Justice Akintoye ordered that the Prison officials treat Evans and his co-defendants same the way they treat other inmates.

The judge also yielded to the request of Evans’ lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, to stand down the case.

Immediately the Judge left the courtroom, Evans began to cry, saying: “What have I done to you people? They have been beating me; no good food; I have been locked up in one place since August 30 last year; why are they taking my case personally? Let me face my trial alive, why do you people want to kill me.”

The case has however been adjourned to May 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, also on Monday, a Lagos State High Curt threw out Evans’ application seeking the release of his Mack trucks confiscated by the Nigeria Police Force.

The Police had claimed the trucks were purchased with proceeds of unlawful activities, adding that they were exhibits the police intended to use in prosecuting Evans for armed robbery and kidnapping.

“The trucks recovered are proceeds of crime which are preserved and kept as exhibits to be tendered in the ongoing criminal prosecution of the application at the High Court of Lagos State,” the police had argued before Justice Hadizat Shagari, the presiding judge.

Evans’ lawyer, Ogungbeje, however, contended that the trucks were seized without a court order, saying the seizure was a violation of Evans’ right under sections 36, 43, and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.

He asked the court to award ₦200 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for violating his client’s rights.

Ruling on the case, Justice Shagari aligned with the position of the police and consequently dismissed Evan’s application as filed by his lawyer.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka had also dismissed a similar application filed by Mr. Ogungbeje on behalf of Evans, demanding N300 million damages for wrongful detention by the police.

The judge reasoned that the decision of the police to detain him from June 10, till June 22, 2017, was reasonable because there was an order acquired to that effect.

Evans was arraigned alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba on charges bordering on “conspiracy and unlawful capture”.

The state alleged in the charges that the defendants conspired with some persons still at large to “unlawfully capture one Uche Okorafor on the 21st of November 2014, at Festac Town, Lagos; and demanded a random of $2m”.

The DPP said the accused acted contrary to sections 409 and 269 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011, adding that they were liable to punishment under the same law.

But they pleaded not guilty.

Justice Akintoye adjourned till May 25, 2018 for commencement of trial.

Offa | Armed Robbers Raid banks, Killed 6 Polices and over 12 Civilians

Several persons were killed when about 30 gunmen suspected to be armed robbers invaded five commercial banks on Thursday in Kwara State.

The incident was said to have occurred in Offa town, the headquarters of Offa Local Government Area of the state.

The suspected armed robbers were said to have arrived in seven vehicles and stationed themselves in each of the banks around 4:30pm.

According to eyewitness reports, the doors were damaged, car windscreens shattered, vehicles burnt, and documents scattered on the floors of the affected banks.

One of the medical doctors at the General Hospital Offa who spoke behind the screen disclosed that 21 bodies were brought in around 6.00pm and nine of them were police officers.

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At a private hospital also in the community, the doctor on duty confirmed the death of three victims while one was on admission.

Happened before in Dec.2013

Some residents in the area who described the robbery as unfortunate and bloody have called for the provision of Armoured Personnel Carriers in Offa, saying the incident has become an affair of every five years.

Some gory video from the scene can be view here. Viewer discretion is advised.

Kwara Bans Sale & Consumption of Alcohol

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has signed a bill prohibiting the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol in certain areas.

Abdulfatah Ahmed

Ahmed gave his assent to the Ilorin Township (Prohibition Against the Production, Sale, and Consumption of Liquor in Certain Areas) Law, 2018, as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Under the law, no person will be allowed to produce, sell, store or openly consume alcohol within specified areas in the metropolis.

The bill stipulates that any person who contravenes the provision of this law shall be guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ₦100, 000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

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FG Now Monitors Calls in Nigeria

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has a direct link to the NCC’s SIM registration data base in order to monitor and apprehend criminals in the country.

Mr Bashir Idris, NCC’s head of Projects Department, disclosed when a delegation from the United States Air War College visited the commission in Abuja.

Mr Idris said the whole essence of the SIM registration exercise started in 2012 was to prevent crimes by monitoring activities of criminals.

He added about 150m SIM cards have been properly registered in NCC database so far even as the exercise is still ongoing.

He said the commission has strategic partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) on its database.

Meanwhile, the NCC is to look into areas of possible cooperation with the US war college especially in the area of cybersecurity.

Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, NCC’s executive vice chairman, who was represented by Mr. Tony Ojobo, director, Public Affairs, NCC, stated this when the commission hosted a delegation of students from the US war college in Abuja.

According to Mr. Ojobo while answering questions; the commission is working very hard to make sure that Nigerians have access to telecommunication within every five kilometers.