…explains why he collected ransom in dollars
Owns N300m mansions in Lagos
Relocates family to Canada
Bought houses in Ghana lPolice recover assorted weapons from gang
Billionaire kidnapper, described as the ‘deadliest and most brilliant,’ Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike aka Evans, yesterday declared that he made his billions from not only high profile abductions but drug trafficking as well. Evans also confessed that his mother knew he was into kidnapping.
The suspect was arrested after being hunted by police for seven years. He was arrested on Saturday about 1p.m. at his Magodo Estate mansion, Lagos State. The suspect claimed he bought the mansion for N130 million, the second mansion, also at Magodo, for N75 million. He also said he built two houses in Ghana.
Evans also disclosed that there were CCTV cameras in all his houses. The suspect also said he had already relocated his wife and children from Ghana to Canada. He disclosed that he started with armed robbery and graduated to drug trafficking.
He later embraced kidnapping. Evans was arrested along with some of his gang members – Nwosu Chikodi Chukwuma (42) aka Sudo, Suoyo Paul (42) aka Nwana, Felix Chinemerem (36), Ikenna Emeka (28), Uchechukwu Amadi and Ogechi Amadi.
Chinemerem is said to be the second in command to Evans. The third in command is Chukwuma, who allegedly has over 20 years’ experience in armed robbery and eight years’ experience in kidnapping. Chukwuamadi, another member, was described as Evans’ ‘boy’ and allegedly heads the detention camp at Igando.
Ogechi is the woman who cooks for the kidnappers and their victims. Paul allegedly supplies rifles and ammunition to Evans. The gang is said to be connected to the late notorious kidnapper, Benjamin Osinachi aka China. Evans and China joined forces in the abduction of the then Chairman, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Kehinde Bamigbetan, in 2013.
They also kidnapped a Federal High Court judge in Lagos, among other prominent figures. China was killed along with his six members at Seme Border in a gun duel with men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Presenting the suspects before journalists yesterday, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood, listed some of Evans’ victims as Mbarikatta William Uboma; Paul Cole, a director with Ocean Glory Commodities, Apapa; Mohammed Jamal, a Lebanese; Kingsley Nwokenta; Anthony Ozoanidobi; Leo Abraham; Ojukwu Cosmas and James Uduji.
Others were Chief Raymond Okoye, Uche Okoroafor, Elias Ukachukwu, Francis Umeh and Donatus Dunu, just to mention a few. Evans said he was once shot in South Africa and treated the bullet wound at Cape Town. Explaining why he went into kidnapping, Evans said:
“I have abducted about 10 victims. I can’t remember everything I did or those I abducted. I was importing spare parts when Nigerian Customs officers impounded my goods worth over N20 million. It is not only kidnapping I do, I’m also into drug trafficking.”
The suspect, who dropped out of secondary school while in Junior Secondary School (JSS2), said: “Police were able to catch me now, because it was time for me to be caught. I control my operations through phone. I have people that watch the victims. Chinedu, Eyis and Kingsley used to get targets.
“I collect ransom in dollars because it’s my choice. I don’t know how much I have made so far. I don’t work with any politician, police or Army. I got the weapons I used in operations from Chinedu. I met Chinedu at Ago Palace, at a beer parlour.
But it was Kingsley who introduced me to kidnapping. He is now late.” Asked how many bank accounts he has, he said one. He denied running a domiciliary account. Asked what he does with his dollars, he responded: “Nobody stays at home with money.
Once we get it, we give it to the owners.” He, however, refused to mention the owners. According to him, his mother knew he was into crime, but she doesn’t support it. Although his buildings at Magodo, Lagos State had people gasping in shock because of their sizes and worth, Evans said they were small compared to his buildings in Ghana. Police have only discovered his two buildings at Magodo, another at Igando and a hotel at Festac. He also has buildings in Anambra State, which he allegedly used to keep his victims hostage.
He added: “I started kidnapping in 2008, in Anambra State. It was from there I moved to Edo State. My mother does not come to my house, but she knows that I am into crime. She just doesn’t support it. I bought my Magodo mansion for N130 million and furnished it with N46 million. I have two houses at Magodo. “I kidnapped three persons in Anambra State. In 2010, we kidnapped Director of Dan Odiete. We collected N100,000. The men who did the job with me were from Warri, Delta State.
I kidnapped another victim and collected N10 million. I moved to Lagos in 2013. I really don’t know the names of people I have kidnapped in FESTAC Town. But if I see any of my victims, I will recognise them and I’ll be able to tell how I abducted them.” Asked how he used to get his targets, Evans said: “I have people who used to give me information about my victims. I don’t know where I can reach anybody, but they usually call to give me information. We only meet when it’s necessary.
When it’s time to meet, I call and give them location. When we are going for operation we wear Army uniforms.” Evans said that since he embraced kidnapping, operations had always been smooth until he and his gang abducted the multi-millionaire pharmacist, Mr. Donatus Dunu. Evans said: “The pharmacist job was the only one that gave us problem. The highest ransom I have collected since I started kidnapping is $1 million.
I collected it from a victim we abducted in Festac. I don’t work with Niger Delta militants.” The suspect, who used to keep his victims in captivity between six and seven months, waiting to collect the complete ransom, said: “I keep my victims for months because I want their families to pay the complete ransom I demanded. I have people who used to cook for my victims. One of my men, Uche, stays in the house with the victims. Another of our men stays in the house with Uche and the victims.”
According to him, once his gang abducts victims, he does the negotiation himself. He said: “I have six boys in Lagos working for me. My house in Ghana is bigger than this my mansion. In our operation, we don’t kill.” Evans also spoke on his gang’s attempted abduction of the owner of Young Shall Grow Motor, Chief Vincent Obianudo, in Festac Lagos, in August 2013.
He said: “It was five of us that went for the abduction of Chief Vincent Obianudo. Uche (another of his men) and Hutchman were killed. Nnamdi, Nwoke and I survived. I was the person who drove on that day.” Moshood said the Joint Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team, the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Technical and Intelligent Unit of the Force under the supervision of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, on June 10, swooped on and raided Evans’ criminal fortress.
“He is the leader of a highly organised kidnap for ransom syndicate and criminal gang terrorising and responsible for several kidnap of prominent Nigerians in Lagos State, including the Western, Eastern, South-South and some Northern states.
“His gang members are spread across these mentioned states. After an intense gun battle between the gang members and police, the police overpowered them. His gang members were used as bait to catch him in his Magodo Estate, Lagos State,” the FPRO said.
A police source said Evans was worth about N5 billion. “He used his wife and children’s names to buy each of the properties in Lagos and Ghana. Since 2008, among his gang, he was the only person left who we were trailing until we arrested him.
“He invested his kidnapping proceeds into real estate and has about seven different gangs working for him. Each gang has different phone which he used to communicate with them. Evans has 11 phones. He is worth N5 billion,” the police source added.
On his part, Moshood said Evans was first declared wanted in August 2013 after he masterminded the attempted kidnap of Chief Obianudo. In that operation, a policeman attached to the victim foiled the attack and killed three of Evans’ gang members.
The policeman, however, lost his life in the process. After that confrontation, some of Evans’ gang members were arrested, but the suspect escaped. Evans regrouped with several gangs and became more vicious. He said: “Evans and his gangs keep their victims in Lagos area at House No. 21 Prophet Asaye Close, New Igando, Lagos State until the ransom is paid. Ransom money is paid to him in millions of dollars. Some victims are kept for upward of six to seven months until the last penny is paid. None of his gang members knows his house.”
Moshood explained that in every kidnap attack, Evans had a group that would abduct victim and another that would take the victim to their hideouts. Disclosing property owned by Evans, Moshood said: “The suspect has two mansions in Magodo GRA Phase 2 worth about N300 million.
He also has two houses in the highbrow area of Accra City, Ghana among others. He also has exotic cars, expensive wristwatches, jewellery and phones.” Evans’ kidnapping exploits in Lagos includes; Mbarikatta William Uboma (35), kidnapped on June 16, 2012 about 11 a.m. on his arrival from Hungary while he was close to his house. He was in his Toyota car 2010 model in company of his brother. A Passat car emerged from nowhere and blocked his car. He was grabbed and blindfolded.
They later demanded a ransom of N10 million. However, N2 million was later paid, while they collected other personal accessories. “Paul Cole (34) from Abia State is a director with Ocean Glory Commodities, Apapa.
He was kidnapped on August 3, 2012 at Festac Town, together with his General Manager, Jude Ugoje and another staff, Piriyegogo. The kidnappers demanded for N10 million. On August 6, 2012, they collected N5 million ransom at Maza-Maza area of Lagos State.”
According to the FPRO, Evans’ gang collected $1 million each from James Uduji, Chief Raymond Okoye, Uche Okoroafor, a trader at Alaba, and Elias Ukachukwu. The last victim is Mr. Danatus Dunu, who was kidnapped in Ilupeju in February 2017. Fortunately, he escaped from the Igando house where Evans kept him with his boys last month.