Notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise
known as Evans, on Wednesday dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim
Idris, and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged
In the suit filed on his behalf by
his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans is praying for the order of court to
direct the respondents to immediately charge him to court if there is any case
against him in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of
Joined as respondents with Mr.
Idris in the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos
State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command.
In the alternative, Evans is
praying the court to compel the respondents to immediately release him
unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being
charged to court.
According to the rights
enforcement suit, Evans is challenging his continued detention by the
respondents since he was arrested in June.
According to him, his continued
detention without being charged to court or released on bail is an infringement
on his fundamental human rights, saying that the respondents ought to have
charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of
Furthermore, the suit argued that
the alleged offences he committed are intertwined with the constitutional
safeguards as provided under Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.
To support Evans’ case, his father,
Stephen Onwuamadike, also deposed to an affidavit in support of the suit.
In his 27-paragraph affidavit, Mr. Onwuamadike averred that his
son (applicant) has been subjected to media trial without any court order by
He argued that the media trial has
continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his
son being given the option of fair hearing and trial before a court of law.
According to him, since Evans was
arrested, his family members have been denied access to him while journalists
and other media personnel have however been granted unchecked access.
The matter has not been assigned
to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.
But in his reaction, Jimoh
Moshood, spokesperson to the Nigeria Police, said that the force had obtained a
court order from a Federal High Court, Abuja, to detain the suspect for three
months, for proper investigation.
The investigation, the police
said, will take operatives to Ghana, South Africa and other places before he
(Evans) would be arraigned.
Evans and six of his
co-conspirators were arrested and paraded at the Lagos State Police Command
earlier in June.
According to Mr. Moshood, the
suspects were arrested after officers stormed the kidnappers’ den and engaged
in a gun battle which lasted several hours.
Evans was first declared wanted in
August 2013 for the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianudo, the owner of a
Lagos-based transportation company. Mr. Obianudo survived the attempt, as
police officers foiled the scheme, killing three of his gang members in the
According to the police, the gang
primarily kidnapped victims in Lagos State but have also kidnapped prominent
Nigerians from Northern states.