A former neighbor with notorious kidnapper Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, says his delight at seeing his conviction.
The neighbour, who preferred anonymity, said he or anyone else at close quarters to Evans’ residence could have been his victim.
“If he had not been caught, maybe he would have kidnapped me or anyone else by now,” said he.
Two other neighbours said the same thing while lauding Evans’ arrest and conviction.
The reign of the convicted kidnapper ended in May 2017, when operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, stormed 3, Fred Shoboyede Street, in the upscale neighbourhood of Magodo Estate I.
The neighbours were all surprised about the arrest, and they believed Evans’ stay in the area was a brief, as the house was only over a year before his arrest still up for sale.
The kidnap of the owner of Maydon Pharmaceutical Company, Ilupeju, Lagos, Donatus Dunu led to the unravelling of Evans criminal activities.
Although, the police said he had for long been on its radar, Evans seemed invincible before his arrest. But, after Dunu escaped from the kidnapper’s den at Igando area of Lagos, it was a matter of time before police up the gang.
Dunu told the police he heard the kidnappers mentioned that their informant was one of his staff, called Emeka. This led to Emeka’s arrest and subsequently of other members of the gang.
TheCornet reports that Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court, on Friday, sentenced Evans and two of his accomplices, Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukw, to life imprisonment.
The court found them guilty of the kidnap of Dunu.
The judge, however, discharged and acquitted the other co-defendants, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, an ex-soldier; and Victor Aduba, also an ex-soldier.
He held that there was no evidence linking them to the crimes.