Ongoing police investigation of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has revealed that he was also involved in crimes in South Africa, it was gathered yesterday.
That is besides his alleged illegal procurement of a Ghanaian passport that bears his passport photograph but a Ghanaian name. Police spokesman, Mr. Moshood Jimoh, told The Nation that the investigation has also led to the arrest of more associates of Evans who were found to be probably wealthier and living bigger than him.
”You may recall that a Federal High Court granted us a three month remand warrant for Evans. We are just into the second month now and before the expiration of the third month, it is expected that we should be taking him to court.
The little time is to ensure that we conduct a thorough and detailed investigation. So we need a little time to properly round things up and ensure that he is properly prosecuted because Nigerians will not be happy if we lose such a case in court on the basis of technical matters.”
He said relations of former victims of Evans’ are among those being detained by the police. They are suspected of giving information about the former kidnap victims to Evans. He advised the public to be security conscious at all times to avoid falling prey to kidnappers.
“In the course of this investigation we have other prime suspects including people who broke away from Evans’ gang to start their own gang – they left Evans to go and do a similar (kidnapping) business.
Some of the suspects we later picked after detectives’ interactions with Evans are even living larger than Evans. We are going to ensure that we don’t make things public until we gather all our evidence towards securing a conviction in court.
I won’t give you figures but they are many suspects. There is a special group of criminal suspects that are referred to as ‘catchers’; in criminal syndicates, they are the people that identify targets and give information about innocent people.”