How Nigeria’s Most Notorious Kidnapper Was Arrested At Magodo Estate In Lagos
The kidnap kingpin was arrested on Saturday, June 10, by the police joint special forces led by the intelligence response team, the Lagos state police command’s anti-kidnapping unit and technical and intelligent unit of the force under the supervision of the commissioner of police, Lagos state.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Evans had over the years collected billions of naira as ransom during his seven-year reign as the kingpin of kidnappers.
The 36-year-old native of Nnewi in Anambra State, was known for collecting ransoms in dollars and often got the family of his victims to pay as much as N300 million to N400 million to secure the release of their loved ones.
To get such huge sums as ransom, Evans usually targeted people living in Festac, Amuwo Odofin, Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island in Lagos, and also extended his nefarious activities to Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States. He was also the mastermind behind the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianudo, the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors in Festac, in August 2013.
Evans has two mansions in Magodo GRA Phase 2, worth about N300,000,000. He also has two houses in a highbrow area of Accra in Ghana, among many other properties such as exotic cars, expensive watches, jewelry, etc, which he acquired from the proceeds of his criminal activities.
Since the police started investigating him, two of his gang members had earlier been arrested with six number plates, one grass cutter, two Barreta pistols with four magazines, one army cap, two locally made leg chains, four AK47 rifles, one bullet proof vest, 59 AK47 magazines and 1,272 rounds of ammunition.
When the policemen gained access to his house in Magodo on Saturday, the suspect was said to have run to the roof of the house and engaged in a gun battle, but the policemen were able to smoke him out. A policeman was, however, injured in the process. During the bust, the police also recovered four AK47 rifles and over 50 magazines rounds during a search of the premises.
Evans was paraded before journalists by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), alongside six members of his gang, who were arrested with him.
The six other suspects were identified as Felix Chinemerem, Nwosu Chikodi Chukwuma, alias Sudo, Suoyo Paul, alias Nwana, Ikenna Emeka, Uchechukwu Amadi and his wife, Ogechi.
Evans said: “The highest amount I have collected was $1million from Festac. I don’t know my net worth. I don’t have any money in the bank. I operate only one account. I collect dollars because it’s my choice. Once the victims pay the ransom, the money goes to the people who own it. I don’t have a boss but some people own the money. I have people heading different sections. There are two gangs that work for me in every operation. It is not all the time I follow them for the job. Most times, I give them instructions on the phone. The two gangs do not know themselves and none of them know my house.”