The arraignment of suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, on two separate charges before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere was, yesterday, stalled as the prosecutor is yet to complete service on the defendants counsel.
Evans was charged alongside Joseph Ikenna Emeka, Victor Aduba and Okpara Linus. The defendants are being charged with five counts bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder, preferred against them by Lagos State.
According to Vanguard, the third defendant’s counsel, Emmanuel Ochai, was absent, while the fourth defendant, Okpara Linus, had no legal representation.
Ogungbeje and the second defendant’s counsel, O. Ogu, informed the court that he has not been served with the information, while Ogungbeje said he was only served with one of the information contained in the charge.
Justice Akintoye ordered the prosecution to serve the defence counsel with all the necessary information before the next adjourned date. She also ordered the third defendant, Victor Abuba, in the first charge to make sure that his lawyer appears in court on the next adjourned date, while asking the fourth defendant, Okpara Linus, to also come with his lawyer, otherwise the court will provide him with one.
He ordered the defendants in the two separate charges remanded in prison custody and adjourned the two cases to November 24. for arraignment.
On the second charge Evans, was charged alongside Joseph Ikenna Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba. They are being charged on two-count charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnapping .