You see, Evans the billionaire-kidnapper was an all-round criminal.

Though he made it big in Lagos Nigeria as a kidnapper, his father in Anambra knew him as a drug dealer.

In an interview with The New Telegraph on Tuesday, Evans’ father, Mr. Stephen Onwuamadike said he was surprised that his son had become a billionaire since he last saw him in 2008 when Evans confided in him of his drug business.

He had however warned Evans to stay away from drug business since it was illegal.

The old man lamented that it was Evans’ mother that misled his son into criminality and regrets that he now lives in poverty because of the estranged wife.

Pleading with the Federal Government to forgive Evans, Mr. Onwuamadike said in the interview that he had lost sleep since he received the phone call informing him that his son had been apprehended.

“My son is a good boy, but his mother misled him,” he lamented.

He said Evans' real name is Chukwudumeje and alleged that Evans was being spiritually manipulated by his ex-wife.

He said: “I was devastated when I heard the news through a telephone call; since that call, I had not been able to sleep. I believe in a straight forward and honest life.

“If I noticed someone is not honest, I run away from the person. When my business was thriving, I did business with white people. I was one of the early millionaires that emerged from this town until things went wrong courtesy of my first wife in 1985.

“She caused me so many problems and eventually caused my financial ruins. In fact, she brought me down to where I am today. I’m suffering and I can barely put food on my table.”

Stephen who lives in his country home at Akammili, Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State, said that he tried his best to raise Evans by sending him to the best schools around.

“My estranged wife kept interfering in his academics. You won’t believe that my son, Chukwudumeje (Evans) has not visited home since 2008. The last time I saw him was 10 years ago.

“I asked him the sort of business he was into. He said he was into drug trafficking. I advised him to desist because it was an illicit business and the law was against it.

“I told him plainly that it was better to be involved in a legitimate business and wait for God’s blessings. I did good business and it thrived; I was very successful. I have traveled to so many countries of the world during my business.”

He added: “His mother started manipulating him when he was only three years old; look at where it has got him. I don’t even have his phone number.

“I’m pleading with the Nigerian authorities to have mercy on him and give him a second chance. He was misdirected and misled by his mother.

“I heard about all the millions, and I said to myself, do I have such manner of rich son and the roof over my house is leaking? I now survive by selling pigs.”