'I Did Not Name Evans As Prime Suspect In My Statement', Witness Tells Court
The trial of alleged kidnapping kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly called Evans the 'billionaire kidnapper', continued on Friday, with the cross-examination of a witness.
Evans is standing trial with five others at a Lagos High Court in Ikeja for alleged conspiracy and kidnapping.
Anseleme Dunu is a brother to Donatus Dunu who was abducted some time ago by a gang of kidnappers.
He had witnessed against Evans in the last hearing in November 2017 before the case was adjourned.
At resumption of trial, he was called up for cross-examination and more revelations were made.
The defence counsel's first question was what most part of the day's trial dwelt on.
Evans' lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had asked Anselem why he did not name Evans in a statement he wrote to the police and he said he did not know Evans by name.
He noted that they only spoke on phone during the process to release his brother and that he met Evans for the first time at the office of the anti-kidnapping squad led by DCP Kyari in Lagos.
Asked whether he was the one that handed over the ransom to his brother's kidnappers, Anselm said no.
"I was acting based on the instructions I got from the person who spoke with me on phone," he told the court.
Anselem also admitted that he did not name anybody as prime suspect because he had no suspect in mind.
There was, however, a heated argument between Evan's lawyer and the DPP over the manner the former was trying to put words into the mouth of the witness.
Evan Ogungbeje had told Anselm to answer his questions with a yes or no answer.
The DPP, however, objected to the demand and the judge ruled in favour of the DPP.
Expatiating on why he did not name anybody as a suspect, Anselm said he could not have known those behind the kidnapping of his brother.
Counsels to the other accused persons, however, declined to cross-examine the witness.
Mr Emmanuel Ochai, counsel to the six accused, Victor Aduba, drew the attention of the trial judge to a pending bail application before court.
He urged the Court to release his client, but Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the matter to March 2 for continuation of trial and ruling on existing applications.