Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans has denied kidnapping a businessman, Sylvanus Ahamonu and collecting a $420,000 ransom from his family.
Evans made the denial while under cross-examination by the state prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule, before Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos.
Evans is standing trial alongside an ex-soldier, Victor Aduba on a four-count charge of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.
Evans told the court that he was born on April 22, 1980 and was from Nnewi, Anambra.
He vehemently denied knowing Ahamonu prior to seeing him after his arrest.
When Mr. Sule noted that Ahamonu had identified him when he testified virtually (via the Zoom app) in court. Evans said he is easily identifiable.
“Ahamonu and Idowu Haruna (the Investigating Police Officer) could have conspired with the police.
“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 and drivers in Amuwo-Odofin,” he said.
The alleged kidnap kingpin said he had made no mention of his haulage and logistics business in his statement because it was written by the police.
Responding to questions, Evans said he also did not provide medical documents proving his alleged torture by the police to the court.
He however noted that while he was incarcerated, he had filed a fundamental human rights suit against the police over the alleged torture at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Explaining why he was seen in a jovial mood in the confessional video played in the court when prosecution presented its case, Evans said he was forced to act that manner by the police.
“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,”