Trial: Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Breaks Down In Tears
It was a case of 'The Rich Also Cry'.
“What have I done to you people? They have been beating me; no good food; I have been locked up in one place since August 30 last year; why are they taking my case personally? Let me face my trial alive, why do you people want to kill me,”
Even though the source of his wealth has been allegedly linked to kidnapping.
Kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, broke down in tears on Monday before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, where he was arraigned on fresh two charges of kidnapping.
After initially refusing to come down from the prison van in protest, he was eventually brought into the courtroom by warders on the order of Justice Adedayo Akintoye.
Stepping into the courtroom bare-footed and in handcuffs, Evans, who wore a pair of shorts and a green T-shirt torn on the shoulder with sand stain on the back, immediately indicated to the judge that he had something to say.
“I have an explanation to make,” he said. “Since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me; no visit, they don’t feed me well, I have eye problem and I can not see afar.”
But he was countered by one of the prison officials who maintained that Evans was being given the same treatment as other inmates.
Evans said he was only seen by a nurse and not a doctor.
The Lagos State Director of Prosecutions, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, said Evans was only making up an excuse, urging the court not to buy it.
Reacting, Justice Akintoye directed the prison officials to ensure that Evans and his co-defendants were treated like other inmates, noting that they were still presumed innocent.
But as soon as the judge rose, Evans broke down in tears.
Evans was arraigned alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba. The charges border on “conspiracy and unlawful capture.”