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Monday, 3 July 2017

Arresting Evans Has Led to a Drop in Kidnapping – Police

The Nigerian Police on Sunday said the arrest of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans has reduced the rate of kidnapping in the country.
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Police spokesman Moshood Jimoh told The Nation over the weekend in Abuja that “Since that day, the rate of kidnapping has seriously gone down and that shows that we were able to hit the right target.”

Jimoh also responded to concerns by some Nigerians that the police may butch the case against the notorious kidnapper by not arraigning him in court within the legally allowed time.

Evans has filed a case against the police asking them to either release him or charge him to court. He also filed another suit against the police where he prayed the court to award him N300 million for illegal detention and for parading him before the media.

But Jimoh explained that the police has obtained a warrant from a Federal High Court to keep the kidnap suspect in their custody for three months while they conclude their investigations.

he said Evans committed some cross-border crimes in South Africa and Ghana and the police is working with the Interpol to investigate them.

“When we paraded him (Evans) in Lagos, I told the public that the arrest of Evans marked the beginning of the end for kidnapping.

“As for keeping him (in custody), we have been able to secure three months’ remand warrant from the Federal High Court, Abuja to enable us round off our investigations.

“At present, the contacts and crimes he committed in other countries, including Ghana and South Africa, are of interest.

“We have series of complaints that border on murder, several kidnappings and armed robberies against him and these are all capital offences that are not bailable at the level of the police.

“They are not even ordinarily bailable in the courts.”

Jimoh said the police will not rush the case so as not to make a mistake that will leave Nigerians disappointed.

“In his alleged offenses, the lives of Nigerians were at stake and we must be able to get everything to ensure that we don’t lose the case in the courts.

“For any sensible police force, it won’t be appropriate to rush to court in a complex case like this because the investigation is a scientific approach to actually situate a suspect at the scene of the crime and convince the court that this is the person that did this and that.

“That is why it is important that we are meticulous in putting details together and explaining how someone committed atrocities such that at the end of the day, Nigerians will be happy with us if the suspect is convicted of all the offenses he committed alongside other members of his gang.

“Nigerians will not be happy with us if we rush to court and lose the case on mere technicalities.

“We are mindful of that as well as his fundamental human rights. That is why we approached the courts for a three-month remand warrant to keep him in police custody,” Jimoh explained.

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