Witness tells court Evans used soldier to pass through Police road blocks
The witness, Inspector Idowu Haruna disclosed this in his testimony before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja that second defendant (Aduba) was a member of the Nigerian Army, adding that Evans used him to pass through police road blocks with ease.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Adebayo Haruna, he said when Evans was arrested; he mentioned the name of the second defendant (Aduba) in his confessional statement.
“He said that whenever they had an operation, he (Evans) will call Aduba, the army officer while wearing his full uniform will seat at the front passenger seat of their vehicle so that they can pass through police road blocks with ease.”
Haruna noted that when authorities apprehended the soldier, he faced disciplinary procedures at the Abati Barracks, Yaba, Lagos before he was handed over to the police for questioning.
Haruna, member of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, further told the court about Evan’s criminal career.
He said, “Evans has been into kidnapping and robbery for a very long time. He started in Edo when I worked there, we arrested about 10 members of his syndicate but he ran to Lagos.
Vincent Obianodo, the boss of the Young Shall Grow Motors was his first victim in Lagos, during Obianodo’s attempted kidnap, members of his gang were killed but Evans escaped.”
“Evans was in charge of providing the arms and ammunition for his gang. He led the operation for the kidnap of Sylvanus Ahamonu, he was the pilot of the vehicle he is the sole negotiator of the all the demanded ransom. He never allows members of his gang to negotiate with victim’s families.
He collected a total of 420,000 dollars from Ahamonu’s family, $200,000 was personally received from Ahamonu’s family in two tranches. Evans collected the remaining $20,000 from the Ahamonu family for drinks for his boys. Aduba confessed to be involved in the kidnap of James Udoji, Ahamonu and one Ucheson, a businessman in Alaba Market,” he narrated.
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