- The trial of alleged billionaire kidnapper Evans commences again on September 13
- The trial of Evans and other co-accused was earlier put on hold following the annual vacation of judges
- Evans and his co-accused have at least five cases instituted against them in courts
Starting from September 13, 2018, the trial of alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike better known as Evans, and his co-defenders will commence fully before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos high court in Igbosere.
The Punch reports that the trial had been put on hold since June 26, 2018, as a result of the annual vacation of judges.
It was learnt that the judges of the Lagos state high court proceeded on their annual vacation on July 16, and would be resuming on Tuesday, September 11.
Evans, who was arrested in Lagos by a special team of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), is facing two separate charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder.
On June 26, the court had dismissed applications by the defendants, seeking to quash the charges against them on the argument that the two charges before Justice Akintoye were duplications of earlier charges filed against Evans and others before Justices Hakeem Oshodi and Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos state high court.
Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos state director of public prosecutions, argued that the charges were not an abuse of court processes since the different charges contained different victims allegedly kidnapped or murdered by the defendants.
Justice Akintoye had upheld the DPP’s arguments and dismissed Evans’ applications. She further adjourned till September 13, after court’s vacation, for continuation of trial.
The first charge before Justice Akintoye, Evans stands trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba while in the second charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.
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Evans also has two other charges against him before Justice Taiwo. He further has a fifth one before Justice Oshodi.
In one of the two charges before Justice Taiwo, Evans and three others are accused of killing two persons in their failed attempt to kidnap Obianodo Vincent, a business man. Charged along with Evans are Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how Justice Adedayo Akintoye of an Igbosere high court in Lagos again threw away the application seeking to quash the charges against suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, by the Lagos state government.
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