Chukwudubem Onwuamadike aka Evans, a notorious kidnapper, and his gang members with their weapons, have been paraded by the Lagos state police command.
We gathered that after about three months of search, police officers from Abuja, Saturday afternoon, finally arrested the notorious kidnapper in his Magodo hideout in Lagos.
It was reported that during the arrest he was wearing a designers wrist watch which costs $170,000. The most-wanted kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onuamadike, simply known as Evans, was picked up after massive shooting by the police. An eye-witness account said Evans, thought to be about 40 years, did not resist arrest.
The security team that came for him was said to be from a special unit in the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP). According to his neighbours, Evans had been living all alone in a mansion he recently bought on Fred Soboyede Street, Magodo.
The house, constructed by B3, a property firm, was built less than two years ago. Eyewitnesses, who live close by, disclosed that the policemen started shooting immediately they got to the gate and released about 50 shots, with Evans’ neighbours seeking refuge wherever they could.
After the shooting, the officers, numbering about 10, then moved in and later surfaced with him, without any resistance.
All his belongings, including sets of chairs, in the house were also moved away by the team. Guns, cutlasses and other items suspected to be part of his arsenal were also recovered and taken away.
The private security guard on duty at his gate was however allowed to stay back. When Sunday Tribune visited the house last night, the entire house, both within and the outside, was well lit.
He is said to be married with four wives, with none living with him in the Magodo hideout. Evans reportedly has another house in Igando. He was said to be living large despite being in hiding, completely disconnected from the national grid.
A statement obtained from the police reads thus:
“PARADE OF MOST WANTED, VICIOUS AND HIGHLY NOTORIOUS KIDNAP FOR RANSOM GANG LEADER CHUKWUDI DUMEME ONUAMADIKE a.k.a EVANS AND SIX (6) OF HIS COMMANDERS BY CSP JIMOH MOSHOOD, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA AT LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND 0N 11TH JUNE, 2017.
ARREST OF MOST WANTED, VICIOUS AND HIGHLY NOTORIOUS KIDNAP FOR RANSOM GANG LEADER AND SIX OF HIS COMMANDERS.
1. CHUKWUDI DUMEME ONUAMADIKE a.k.a EVANS
2. NWOSU CHIKODI CHUKWUMA AKA SUDO 42YRS, 3RD IN COMMAND
3. SUOYO PAUL AKA NWANA 42YRS
4. FELIX CHINEMEREM 36YRS
5. IKENNA EMEKA 28YRS
6. UCHECHUKWU AMADI
7. OGECHI AMADI ARMS AND AMMUNITIONS RECOVERED
(i) FIVE (5) AK 47 RIFLES
(ii) ONE (1) AK-49 RIFLE
(iii) TWO (2) DOUBLE BARREL LONG
(iv) TWO ‘2’ ENGLISH PISTOLS
(v) FIFTY-NINE (59) AK-47 MAGAZINE WITH AMMUNITION
(vi) ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO (1,272) LIVE AMMUNITION OF AK-47 (9mm)
(vii) FIVE (5) DIFFERENT PLATE NUMBERS
(viii) Other weapons are being recovered as I speak with you from different criminal hideouts of the different states.