Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, yesterday denied before an Ikeja High Court, Lagos the confessional statement he earlier made at the police station where he purportedly confessed to kidnapping.
Evans made denial following an attempt by the state prosecuting counsel, Adebayo Haroun, to tender documents containing the statement of the 1st defendant (Evans) as exhibits before Justice Hakeem Oshodi.
Evans was arraigned alongside five members of his gang – Uchenna Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu (the only female among them) and two former Army officers, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba – on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.
According to Evans, through his new counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagu, the purported statement was not written by him neither was it voluntarily made as claimed by the police.
Counsel to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants, Obiagu, argued that the statement sought to be tendered by the prosecutor was written by a policeman, Inspector Idowu Haruna, attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
Obiagu also objected to the tendering of a video clip, during trial within trial, showing Evans confessing to the crime at the police station on the grounds that it does not corroborate with Section 84 of the Evidence Act.
He said: “So I object to the admissibility of this document because the 1st defendant didn’t make them voluntarily and I am also yet to be served with a copy of the video or the certified true copy.”
However, earlier during the proceeding, Haruna said that he wrote the statement on behalf of Evans, after he was arrested on June 2017, because he claimed he didn’t complete secondary school and therefore could not write well in English language.