The re-arraignment of convicted kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, before a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square was on Tuesday stalled due to the absence of his lawyer as well as that of the third and fourth defendants’s counsel.
Evans alongside Joseph Emeka, Victor Aduba and Okapara Linus was brought before Justice Sherifat Sonaike in two separate charges for their case to start denovo after the case files were transferred from Justice Adedayo Akintoye who was the initial trial judge.
When the case came up for the re-arraignment of Evans and others, the state prosecuting counsel, M.O. Olateju, announced his appearance for the prosecution.
The defendants, in the first charge, were charged with conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, and attempted murder, preferred against them by Lagos State.
The offences committed which are Conspiracy is contrary to section 411 criminal law Cap C 17, Vol 13, of Lagos State 2015, Kidnapping contrary to section 271 (3) and counts three to five, attempted murder contrary to section 230 (A) Cap C17, of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015.
On the second charge Evans was charged alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu, and Victor Aduba.
They are being charged with conspiracy to kidnap contrary to section 411, Cap C17, Vol 3 of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015 and kidnapping contrary to section 271 (3), of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015.
The alleged kidnap kingpin was arrested on June 10, 2017.