Evans's N300m Suit: Adjourned For September 21

The N300 million suit slammed on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and three others, by suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, challenging his continued detention, was yesterday adjourned again till September 21.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday before adjourning the matter held that there was no urgency for the suit to be heard during vacation again.
The judge who is sitting as a vacation judge, held that the arraignment of Evans before the State High Court, last week Tuesday has mitigate against the urgency in the suit.

The suit was filed during vacation and affidavit of urgency was attached with it, in the suit, Evans, through his lawyer, Olukoya  Ogungbeje, is seeking a court order directing the police to charge him to court immediately or release him on bail if they are not ready to charge him to court.

Ogungbeje argued that Evans' detention since June 10, 2017 without being charged to court was a violation of his client's fundamental rights enshrined in sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36 of the Constitution. 

For his alleged unlawful detention without being charged to court, Evans wants the court to award N300m damages against the police in his favour.

Other respondents in the suit are the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Commissioner of Police (COP) Lagos State and the Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Another vacation judge, Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos had earler fixed August 29  to deliver judgement  but due to fresh application filed by IGP and  NPF,  the court fixed another  date for the judgment.
Then court fixed yesterday for the hearing of fresh application filed by IGP and the NPF.

However, at the yesterday proceedings Justice Obiozor held that there  was nothing urgent in the matter again, due latest development on the matter, the court therefore, adjourned till September 21 for further proceedings.

Evans and his co-accused were arraigned before the State High Court, Ikeja , on a two count charge, on August 30.

He was docked before Justice Akeem Oshodi , pleaded guilty to the two counts charge of conspiracy and kidnapping leveled against him and five of members of his gang.
Apart from Evans, also pleaded guilty to the two count charge was Uche Amadi, while the only female member of the gang, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, and VIctor Chukwunonso Aduba pleaded not guilty to the charge.

However, the fourth accused, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count, but denied the kidnapping allegation.

The offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 411and 271 of the criminal Laws Cap. C17, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

While 10 people who were listed as witnesses in the charge filed and signed by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution ( DPP ), Mrs. T K  Shitta-Bey  on behalf of Attorney General of the state includes:  Donatus Dunn,  Dunn Anselem, Uchenna Okagwu , Moses John Edem, ASP  Emmanuel Ali, Insp. Egunjob Segun, Insp Idowu Haruna,  DSP  Philip Rieninwa , ASP  Sunny Ubua, ACP  Aba Kyari

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