Police Forced Evans To Plead Guilty - Lawyer
The last has not been heard of the guilty plea by suspected kidnap kingpin, Evans.
After pleading guilty to the kidnap charges before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, his lawyer claims that Evans was coerced by the police.
Ogungbeje said the police threatened to kill Onwuamadike, who is widely known as Evans, if he failed to plead guilty.
Ogungbeje, in a statement on the letter head of his law firm, Lawflex Chambers, said his client would change his plea to “not guilty” at the next court sitting.
He said Onwuamadike’s guilty plea was not out of free will, adding that the defendant was hoodwinked having been in detention for a long period.
The lawyer stated that since June 10, 2017, when the suspect was remanded, the police had not allowed family members and lawyers to have access to him.
He said that the guilty plea of the defendants on Wednesday was of no effect as the suspect was not given the opportunity to be guided by lawyers.
He added that his client was only served with the charges in the open court on Wednesday and the judge also turned down the plea for an adjournment to afford his client time and facilities to confer with his counsel.
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