Friday, November 10, 2017.

That's the date set aside for ruling in the trial of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans and three others.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos High court in Igbosere fixed the date following arguments from Evans' lawyer and the state's counsel.

Evans was arraigned on a fresh seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, attempted kidnap, attempted murder and murder.

The defense led by Olukoya Ogungeje argued that Evans already has a case against him at the state High Court Ikeja, on the same offence which is a gross abuse of court process.

Ogungeje further contended that bringing another case on the same offence against Evans would amount to repetition and duplication of charges.

Responding, the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, said the defence is in total misinterpretation/ misunderstanding of the word duplicity.

Citing Section 153 of the Administration of Criminal Justice, ACJ, Act of 2015, DPP said a count should contain one single offence.

“Therefore when an offence is committed on separate days, in this case, the offence of attempted kidnapping was committed in 2014, which can be brought in different courts,” DPP said.

Evans and three others are being charged with murder of Peter Nweke and Chigozie Ngozi who are said to be police officers attached to the Chairman of “The Young Shall Grow Motors”, Vincent Obianodo and also attempted kidnap of the transport boss.

The judge also ordered that the Evans’ alleged accomplices be moved to Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, Ikoyi.

Justice Taiwo made the order following an application that one of the suspects requires medical attention which is better available in prison.

The suspects have been in police custody since their arrest, unlike Evans who was transferred from the police to prison custody following his arraignment before Justice H. Oshodi of a Lagos High Court in Ikeja.

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