Evans changes plea, pleads not guilty

Evans in the eye of the storm

Evans, whose real name is Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, whose kidnapping exploits shook the foundation of society, today pleads not guilty to charges leveled against him, which includes but is not limited to conspiracy and kidnapping.He is facing 52 charges in 14 different cases in courts in Lagos and Edo States. The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, led the prosecution of the first arraignment. According to him,Evans  and his team, including those at large, committed the offenses between February 14 and April 12, 2017.In in his earlier appearance last August, Evans had pleaded guilty, but his lawyer has insisted that he pleaded guilty under duress.

The trial has been beset with intrigues. Evans had alleged that investigation has been busy extorting money, cars and valuables from him and sexually molesting his girlfriend. According to him, his girlfriend, Amaka Ofor,“was roundly sexually molested and abused by the above policemen of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team”. He also alleged that the police forcibly extorted N50 million from him, and N5million from his wife $10,000 in hard currency.Other items Allegedly taken forcibly by the Police, according to his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbde, include a Brigade wristwatch, valued at $117; a $70,000 pendant cross; a necklace of $25,000; a Virtu phone worth $30,000; a Virtu Signature phone valued at $17,000; and five pieces of Saphono Ruccu diamond rings worth $100,000. Also taken from his house was his 85-inch Samsung television set, worth N6.5 million.

Other items include 25 Mack trucks; a Lexus 470 jeep; a Grand Cherokee jeep; a L400 Mitsubishi Bus and a gold-coloured Toyota Highlander jeep.

But Force spokesman CSP Moshood Jimoh denied the allegations, describing them as unfounded claims.

Earlier, Evans has last June sued the police for N300million for media trial and illegal detention. That was before he was taken to Abuja and finally charged to court.

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