Alleged Kidnap Kingpin Evans Makes U-Turn, Pleads Not Guilty

Kidnapping: Evans and Accomplices Change Plea from Guilty to Not Guilty as Lagos Amends Charges

According to a The Sun News report, a Lagos High Court hearing the case of notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise called Evans at Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, has adjourned the matter to Friday, November 3, 2017.

In effect the charges read to the defendants on Thursday was essentially the same as the one to which Evans and two had others had pleaded guilty on August 30.

Evans, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Nwachukwu Okwuchukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, and Victor Aduba - pleaded not guilty to an amended two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

Upon arraignment, Evans and 2 others pleaded guilty to the charges while the remaining defendants pleaded not guilty.

This comes despite the fact that the acclaimed billionaire kidnapper had initially pleaded "guilty" at his first trial appearance. He added that the amended charge had already been served on the defence.

The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP Lagos State, Titilayo Shitta-Bey told Justice Hakeem Oshodi that the amendment relates only to the punishment section for the second charge.

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Justice Oshodi, after listening to arguments, gave a 45 minute recess to allow the defence counsels confer with their clients on the amended charge, noting that the defendants should be given every opportunity to defend themselves.

"I am not opposing the charges being read to the defendants, the only change in the charge is just the law and the punishment section".

"We had earlier filed an application on behalf of the first defendant, and the prosecution just served us their counter-affidavit this morning in court".

With the change in plea by Evans and his co-defendants, the stage now appears set for a full trial which also considerably span many months due to the peculiarities of the Nigerian criminal system.

Last week, Mr. Ogungbeje had filed a petition to the Police Service Commission alleging extortion and sexual molestation of Evans' girlfriend by the police.

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