Notorious kidnapper, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike aka Evans, and his gang members with their weapons, finally paraded in Lagos
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AFTER about three months of search, police officers from Abuja, Saturday afternoon, finally arrested a notorious kidnapper in his Magodo hideout in Lagos it was reported that during the arrest he was wearing a designers wrist watch which costs $170,000. .
The most-wanted kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onuamadike, simply known as Evans, was picked up after massive shooting by the police.
An eye-witness account said Evans, thought to be about 40 years, did not resist arrest.
The security team that came for him was said to be from a special unit in the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP).
IGP was boldly written on the vest worn by the officers.
The officers, who had reportedly been conducting surveillance on the target, reportedly got to the house at about 12 noon and left at about 2.30 p.m.
Evans is allegedly wanted for numerous kidnap cases, with a N30 million bounty placed on his head.
It could not be established if he was part of the gang that kidnapped the Epe students.
Evans, according to his neighbours, had been living all alone in a mansion he recently bought on Fred Soboyede Street, Magodo.
The house, constructed by B3, a property firm, was built less than two years ago.
Eyewitnesses, who live close by, disclosed that the policemen started shooting immediately they got to the gate and released about 50 shots, with Evans’ neighbours seeking refuge wherever they could.
After the shooting, the officers, numbering about 10, then moved in and later surfaced with him, without any resistance.
All his belongings, including sets of chairs, in the house were also moved away by the team.
Guns, cutlasses and other items suspected to be part of his arsenal were also recovered and taken away.
The private security guard on duty at his gate was however allowed to stay back.
When Sunday Tribune visited the house last night, the entire house, both within and the outside, was well lit.
He is said to be married with four wives, with none living with him in the Magodo hideout.
Evans reportedly has another house in Igando.
He was said to be living large despite being in hiding, completely disconnected from the national grid.
His house is reportedly running on a noiseless generating set.
A few days back, two trucks reportedly brought diesel to his house, raising eyebrow among his neighbours.
The diesel was alleged to have been dumped in an underground storage.
A whistle-blower is thought to have exposed his hideout.
A police source disclosed that security men had been searching for him within the estate for about three months.
Evans reportedly moved into the estate less than a year ago.
Police sources said he would either be moved to Abuja last night or this morning.
His whereabouts could not be traced as of press time.
His is a native of Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State. His gang operated in Amuwo Odofin ,Ojoo and Festac town. He also has a gang that operates in Rivers State.
He kept his victims for up to eight months and collected up to N4 hundred million in installments.
He was the leader and only survivor of the gang that attempted to kidnap the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianudo.
Glimpses about the lavish lifestyle of the billionaire kidnapper, Evans, are emerging, with his confession that he splashed his loot in buying a wristwatch for $170,000.
He also bought three phones for $6000 each and bought two houses in highbrow Magodo Estate in Lagos and another house in Ghana.
Evans was arrested in one of the houses in Lagos on Saturday, after eluding police radar for five years.
The Nation Newspaper in a report on Sunday said Evans real name is Chukwudubem Onwuamadike. He is from Umudim, Nnewi in Anambra state.
He was arrested at his Magodo residence around 1 p.m. by operatives of the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
It was gathered that the operatives got intelligence that Evans was hiding in his Magodo mansion where he was surrounded.
The suspect was said to have run to the roof of the house for emergency exit but the police officers caught up with him.
In the course of his arrest, he slammed the door against the operatives and injured a policeman.
It was gathered that four AK47 rifles and over 50 magazines were recovered from the house.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had announced N30 million bounty for anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest of Evans.
Evans, security forces said, has been responsible for many high-profile kidnapping in the south-west, south-south and south-eastern parts of the country.
Evans was said to be a brilliant criminal, who has given security forces sleepless nights.
He was said to have collected billions of naira as ransom from his victims, including expatriates, business moguls and public office holders.
A police source, who hinted on the arrest, said Mr. Idris deployed all resources at the Force’ disposal in the hunt for Evans.
He said their focus in the last one month had been to catch Evans alive so that Nigerians can have peace.
On how the suspect was arrested, the source: “Someone called and gave information on his whereabouts. When we got there, he hid inside the roof of the house. He could not withstand the pressure on him from the police.
“While Vampire was the most deadly kidnapper in the history of Nigeria and was caught some months ago during a gun battle, Evans remains the most brilliant, richest and crafty kidnapper in the country’s history.”
When contacted, the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent (CSP) said the suspect would be paraded this afternoon.
The suspect told police investigators he had two houses in Magodo, which he brought for N130 million and N70 million.
Claiming to have been in the kidnapping business for 10 years, Evans also confessed to have two four bedroom houses in Ghana.
He claimed to have a wristwatch he bought for $170,000 and nine phones, three of which cost $6,000 each.
The kidnap kingpin said he sent his wife away when he realised the police were closing in on him.
He said he once relocated to Ghana and was planning to travel abroad before he was caught.
The suspect is currently being interrogated by the police.