By Uche Nwosisi
At long last, cold blooded kidnap suspect Chukwudumeme Ohamadike aka Evans, has been charge to court amidst tight security.
Uniformed security operatives and bomb detectors, frisked Journalists and Lawyers at the door of the court room while police officers on horsebacks patrolled the court premises.
Eye witness account confirmed that before 8.00am, the court room was to capacity awaiting the suspects be presented to the court. At about 9.30am the suspects were marched in by fierce-looking police officers.
The suspect has been in police detention for about three months, according to the criminal laws of the Lagos state which stipulates that an act of Kidnapping attracted life imprisonment while kidnappers whose victims die in their custody get the death penalty.
Evans was arraigned alongside Ogechi Uchechukwu, Uche Amadi, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwanchukwu, and Victor Aduba on two count charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping.
The suspect was said to have conspired on Febuary 14th 2017 at Ilupeju, Lagos to kidnap one Donatus Dunu but demanded 223,000 pounds sterling as ransom for his release.
The charges read out to him but he pleaded not guilty on the first and second charges. Also Ms Uchechukwu, Messrs Aduba and Ifeanyi pleaded not guilty to all the charges, while Mr.Nwachukwu pleaded guilty to conspiracy and but not guilty to kidnapping, another suspect Amadi pleaded guilty to the two counts charges.
Olukoya Ogungbeje, counsel to the defendants had raised an issue that he had not be allowed to discuss with his clients before the arraignment, and he has filed a fundamental right enforcement suit on behalf of Evans at a federal high court.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi, adjourned the case till October 19 for trial of those who pleaded not guilty, and to look at the evidence of those who pleaded guilty before their conviction.
By Uche Nwosisi