The trial of the alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (also known as Evans), has stalled again as a witness who was supposed to testify in his defence failed to show up.
Evans’s counsel, Oyekunle Falabi, informed the Ikeja high court, Lagos, on Wednesday, June 23, that the unnamed witness could no longer be reached via phone, Premium Times reported.
“I have been trying to reach her on phone but her line is switched off. I am praying that the court should give us a short date.”
In his response, Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the case until Tuesday, June 29, for the continuation of defence, New Telegraph also stated.
I am not a kidnapper – Evans
Earlier, Evans while testifying in his defence denied all the allegations of kidnapping levelled against him by the Lagos state government.
He claimed that he was a legitimate businessman, adding that his nickname was not Evans.
The suspect also claimed he was coerced into admitting being a kidnapper after the police, in a bid to make him confess, killed four persons in his presence.
He said that prior to being apprehended by the authorities, he had never met his five co-defendants in the trial.
Evans trial began in 2017
Meanwhile, Evans and the other defendants were arraigned in 2017 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.
They are accused of kidnapping Donatus Dunu, the managing director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.