Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, has alleged police tortured and forced him to implicate himself.
Onwuamadike, who is facing charges on kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms told the Lagos State Special Offences Court on Friday.
“One day at the IG Guest House, the police brought some documents and asked me to sign. I asked what the documents were for, they didn’t answer me. They said that if I didn’t cooperate with them they would kill me,” said Onwuamadike.
“When I refused, Inspector Philip asked them to take me to the back of the guest house. When I got there, they were pressing cigarette butts on my body.”
“They killed about six persons in my presence and I signed the document, I was not allowed to read it. I think it is the document that was used to bring me to court.
The defendants denied the charges preferred against him. He rather claimed to a businessman offering haulage services.
He also denied kidnapping a businessman, Sylvanus Ahamonu, and collecting $420,000 ransom from his family.
When told Ahamonu had identified him as the person who kidnapped him, Evans denied knowing him.
“My pictures are everywhere, all over the world. Before my picture was everywhere, people knew who I was.
“I had a haulage and logistics business with over 30 staff (members) and drivers in Amuwo-Odofin.”
The alleged kidnap kingpin said he had made no mention of his haulage and logistics business in his statement, because the police wrote his statement.
He also told the judge that his lively mien during his police interrogation was stage-managed.
“The police told me to be laughing and smiling in the video. You do not know what I encountered in the hands of Abba Kyari and his boys. My eyes saw hell.
“It was what they told me to be doing that I was doing,” Evans said.
Trial judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned further hearing in the case till March 11, 2022.