The trials of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chuckwudimeme Onwuamadike( aka Evans ), and others yesterday stalled at the Special Offences section of Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja due to the absence of his lawyer and a prosecution witness.
The two trials running side by side before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, are for the alleged kidnap of a businessman, Mr. Sylvanus Ahamonu, the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, and the killing of his police orderly.
During proceedings for the Ahamonu’s case, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Yusuf Sule, informed the court that the next prosecution witness scheduled to testify was absent:
“This matter is slated for continuation of trial. My lord, our witness is not in court, I will be praying the court to issue a Witness Summons in respect of the witness,”
Mr. Emeka Anyanwu, who was representing Evans’ lead defence counsel, Mr. Victor Okpara, also informed the court that Okpara was unavoidably absent as he had an urgent matter in Abuja. Following the submissions of counsels, Justice Taiwo, issued a Witness Summons for the unnamed prosecution witness and adjourned the case until October 14 for the continuation of trial.
The scheduled Obianodo case which was slated for continuation of the trial-within-trial was also adjourned until September 24 due to the absence of Evans’ defence counsel.
In Ahamonu’s case, Evans is being tried alongside Victor Aduba, a dismissed member of the Nigerian Army. The defendants are charged with four counts bordering on the kidnapping of Mr. Sylvanus Ahamonu and unlawful possession of firearms on June 28, 2014, at Saka St., Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos. They allegedly held him, hostage, for at least nine weeks and collected a ransom of 420,000 dollars from his family.
In the Obianodo case, Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze, and Udeme Upong. According to the prosecution, Evans and his three co-defendants committed the offences on August 27, 2013 at Third Ave., Festac, Town Lagos. Evans and his accomplices are alleged to have killed Mr Chijioke Ngozi and attempted to kill and kidnap Obianodo, the boss of Young Shall Grow Motors. The prosecution also alleged that in 2008, Upong sold and transferred two AK47 rifles and 70 rounds of live ammunition to Evans.