Billionaire kidnapper, Evans will be arraigned soon
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said on Friday that the
notorious kidnapper, Chukwudidumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans,
would be charged to court soon.
Idris attributed the delay in Evans’ prosecution to police
investigations to track down his accomplices within and outside the
Evans had raked in millions of dollars as ransoms paid to him by his
victims’ families before his arrest on June 10, 2017, in one of his
mansions at Magodo, Lagos State.
He reiterated the need for the establishment of special courts to ensure the speedy trial of suspected kidnappers.
Idris said, “Evans will be charged to court very soon. This is a man who
has over the years been involved in kidnapping, collecting money in
millions of dollars and harassing Nigerians from the various parts of
“What we are doing now is to ensure that we conduct thorough investigations so that anybody involved will be brought to book.
“It seems kidnapping is becoming attractive to the youth. The more we
arrest, the more they are coming up. But I believe that with special
courts, this will be addressed.”
He said plans were underway to recruit more policemen to effectively pursue the principle of community policing.
Civil Servant Arraigned For Exposing Yahaya Bello’s Abuja House
A 32-year-old civil servant, Mr. Johnson Musa, was on Friday dragged
before a Lokoja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly threatening and
exposing the Abuja residence of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
Musa, an indigene of Dekina Local Government Area of the state, was
alleged to have taken aerial pictures of the governor’s Abuja residence
with a drone camera and posted them on social media.
He was said to have posted the pictures with the caption, “This building
is owned by an individual in Kogi, where hunger is the first name, in
less than one year.”
The action, Abaji said, had put the governor and his family under threat
and potential harm to their property, urging the court to take
cognisance of the offence of cyberstalking against the accused.
Musa pleaded not guilty to the offence and his counsel, Williams Aliwo
of Crystal Chambers, orally applied for his bail in line with section
36(5) of the constitution and section 341(2) of the Criminal Procedure
Aliwo submitted that any order to remand the accused in prison custody
would amount to punishing him ahead of the proof of his guilt, adding
that the accused would not jump bail or try to escape justice if the
bail conditions were granted.
But the bail application was vehemently opposed by Abaji on the grounds
that an investigation into the matter was ongoing aside from the fact
that the penalty attached to the offence is 10 years’ imprisonment or an
option of a minimum of N25m fine.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Husaini, said by virtue of
Section 36(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
1999 (as amended), the presumption of innocence of the accused was
Husaini granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two
sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be resident within
the jurisdiction of the court.
To allay the fears of the prosecution counsel over the inconclusive
investigation, he ordered that a register of attendance be opened at the
DSS office for the accused to report on Monday and Thursday.
Husaini adjourned the case to August 17.
S3x Worker Stabs Father Of Four To Deathin Asaba
The police in Delta State say they have arrested
a commercial sex worker who allegedly stabbed her client to death
during an argument at Destar Hotel, Asaba, the state capital, on July
The spokesperson for the police command in the state, DSP Andrew
Aniamaka, said on Friday in Asaba that the police responded to a
distress call from the hotel after the incident. He said the suspect had
been taken into custody. Reports said the deceased was a father of
In a statement, Aniamaka said, “A day after the incident, the ‘C
Division’ in Asaba carried out preliminary investigation on the case and
transferred it to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation
“As I speak to you, homicide detectives have commenced full
investigation into the case with a view to unravelling what actually
transpired between the suspect and the victim to establish culpability.”
News Agency of Nigeria reported that the hotel had been deserted
following the incident, and that all attempts to speak with its manager
was unsuccessful as he was said to have travelled out of Asaba.
A staff of the hotel noted that the incident happened around 10.45 p.m., thus, nobody could actually say what led to the fracas.
The report said the few sex workers in the hotel lamented that the
incident had impacted their business negatively, while describing it as
horrible and unfortunate.
APC Admits Things Are Difficult Economically
The All Progressives Congress has joined Nigerians to admit that things are economically difficult in the country.
However, it said the diversification efforts of the President Muhammadu
Buhari administration would be evident in a few years, saying the
country would be counted as one of the industrial power houses in
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who stated
this in Abuja on Thursday evening, also said the present administration
was building a new economic model which he said would be sustainable,
production-based and would diversify from oil to agriculture, solid
minerals and other viable sectors.
Odigie-Oyegun said this at the party’s national secretariat when he
received political leaders from Delta Central Senatorial District, who
defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC. The defectors
were led by a former Commissioner in the Delta State Oil Producing Area
Development Commission, Chief Johnson Boro.
Other defectors who came with him were the immediate past PDP Chairman,
Ughelli South Local Government Area, Chief Francis Aguonigho; Chief
Sleek Oshare; Chief Isaiah Kekeje, Chief Mathew Kwode, Chief Robert Ojo,
Mr. Sunny Ogbududu, Mr. David Edonor, Mr. Saturday Nukueye and Chief
Oyegun said, “Economically, things are difficult; there is no question
about it. But in spite of that, people of your quality sat down and
still want to join the boat because you have seen the future and you
know the future belongs to a changed country. A country that produces,
not only consumes.
“In the last 16 years of previous administrations, we just consumed.
Thank God this nation brought President Buhari at the point it was about
to collapse and all we are doing today is putting the pieces back
“It is a difficult experience and as a result of that our people are
going through some hardship. But there is no question at all that you
can see the silver lining that is on the way.
“By the end of this year, we will be net exporters of rice. Today we
have started formally to export yam. Today we are about certain that all
the grains in this country can be produced locally. These are all parts
of the building blocks towards the Nigeria that we foresee in another
year or two.”