A series of revelations detailing the habitual escape of kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, after several arrests until the police finally captured him in June brings to the fore Nigeria’s higgledy-piggledy justice system.
Popularly known as Evans, the notorious kidnapper had bribed and manipulated his way to freedom following his arrest in 2006. He had also used his connections to secure freedom from the court earlier this year before the long arm of the law caught up with him. To correct the sham, we need a root-and-branch reform of the police, the prisons and the legal system.
Evans, whose escapades are still generating spine-tingling tremors, having kidnapped and ransomed a long list of wealthy Nigerians and trafficked drugs, was initially arrested by the police in 2006.
That was shortly after his gang robbed a bank in Lagos. The sharing of the loot spawned a commotion in which a gang member shot Evans, according to the testimony of the then Iponri Police Station divisional officer.