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Alleged Murder, Attempted Murder, Kidnap: Suspected Kidnap Merchant, ‘Evans' Fails To Stop Trial

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

***As Appeal Court Throws Out Appeal

The three appeals instituted by suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, seeking to stop his trial at two high courts in Lagos State, was on Monday (today) dismissed by the Lagos division of the Court of Appeal sitting in Igbosere, Nigeria.

In dismissing ‘Evans' appeal against three rulings of the Ikeja High Court, the appellate court, presided over by Justice Jummai Sankey held that Evans’ appeals were without merit.

Other Justices on the panel were Justice Philomena Ekpe and Justice Muhammed Mustapha.

According to the three appeals, the suspected Kidnap mogul had confronted the jurisdiction of the lower court and therefore sought to strike out and quash the kidnap, attempted murder and murder charges made against him by the Lagos State government.

Specifically in the first appeal against the ruling of Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja High Court, the first to fourth respondents were the Lagos State Government and Evans’ co-defendants; Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong.

On November 10, 2017, Justice Taiwo, dismissed Evans’ application seeking to quash an amended seven-count charge against him, dated October 26, 2017.

The applicant also challenged the Ikeja High Court’s jurisdiction in the second appeal, where the respondents were the same.

The Court of Appeal consolidated both appeals and Justice Sankey declared that, “The appeals are hereby dismissed. The ruling of the lower court is affirmed.

“I hold that the lower court has jurisdiction to continue with the trial and to entertain all the counts of the charge.”

In the third appeal, the first to fifth respondents were the State of Lagos and Evans’ co-defendants: Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.

It was the contention of ‘Evans' that Justice Hakeem Oshodi erred in law when he held that the amended information/ charge dated October 19, 2017, filed by the first respondent, was incompetent without an accompanying or attached proof of evidence as required by law.

But Justice Philomena Ekpe, who read the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal as being unmeritorious.

According to Justice Ekpe, “Accordingly, this appeal is adjudged unmeritorious. It fails and is therefore dismissed in its entirety. 

“The ruling delivered by the lower court by Justice Oshodi on November 3, 2017, in suit NO ID/5970C/2017, is upheld. I make no order as to cost, appeal dismissed.”

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