Police storm billionaire kidnapper’s detention camps

Billionaire kidnaper, Chukwumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, yesterday took policemen to the buildings where he used to detain his victims, pending when they pay his ransom demands.

This was even as he bragged that the he was the lord of kidnapping in the country.

“If police could arrest me, then there is no other kidnapper,” Evans quipped as he led armed policemen round his detention camps.

Although the suspect said he had three buildings where he used to keep his victims, he was able to take police to two.

The police called off the investigation because it was getting late.

According to Evans, even if he abducts victims from other states, he would bring them down to Lagos. He said he had a camp at Igando, Ejigbo and Gowon Estate.

Speaking about the Jakande building, located at Ejigbo, Evans said: “I rented the building in 2010 and used it for as a detention camp. I paid a year’s rent. I rented the Jakande building for N750,000. The building hosted three victims. The victims are Udoji, who I collected $1 million from, Emesbos, who paid me $300,000, while the third victim paid $250,000.

“I have just three camps in Lagos, where I keep victims. I have at Jakande, Igando and Gowon area of the metropolis. Whenever I noticed policemen were after me, I would move such a victim to a different camp, to prevent policemen from tracking me.

“My wife lied when she said she didn’t spend part of my money. She only wanted Nigerians to have sympathy for me. But sincerely, she didn’t know I was into kidnapping. I told her that I was into drug trafficking, which she advised me to stop, saying it was dangerous.”

Narrating his experience in police detention, Evans said that his cell mates were treating him well.

He noted that policemen were good and took care of him. The suspect said he wouldn’t have blamed them if they refused to take care of him, stressing that he was the cause of his problem.

Weeping like a broken hearted man, Evans sniffed: “I’m the cause of my problem. I’m reaping what I sowed. If I’m given a second chance, I’ll be the most grateful person on earth. I promise to be an advocate of anti-kidnapping in the country.”

He denied speculations that he had a car called Phantom.

Evans said: “The only cars I have are Toyota Hilux worth N4 million, Nissan pickup (N7 million), Lexus Jeep GS460 (N22 million, 2016 model), Range Rover N55 million and Lexus Jeep GL47 (N9 million).

“I never really got to enjoy the money I made because I was always on the run, trying to avoid police. I was not going to clubs, hotels, etc. because I was afraid that policemen would come after me.”

Like he had narrated before, Evans said he dropped out of school in JSS2, after his father refused to pay his to pay his tuition fees. He said he had been fending for himself since he was 10 years old, with support from his mother. The suspect said his mother was paralysed and now on her sick bed.

Evans also took police to the building at Igando, where he used to camp his victims.

He said: “This house has two different apartments. I rented the building for N1 million for a year. I only kept two victims in the house. They are Chief Umeh and the pharmacist, Chief Donatus Duru. Chief Duru escaped. We collected N23 million euros from the family. We demanded 300 million euros before his family members paid us 23 million euros. They promised to bring the rest. But when we collected the money, I told my boys to release the man. They were the ones holding him. By then, I was already suspecting that policemen were closing in on me.

“I was surprised when I heard that Chief Duru escaped from the detention camp. It was one of my boys who called to inform me about the development. I am still not convinced that Uche and Emeka did not collect money from the victim’s family and released him. It was after two weeks that I received a call from my spy in the community that policemen had busted the house and recovered arms and ammunition.

“I don’t used to come here; I have boys on ground, working. They always give me information about developments on a daily basis. That alone, gave me the assurance that all was well with the victims. When I heard that the Igando house had been busted, I threatened the camp officer, Uche, that I was going to kill him. I didn’t mean it. I just wanted to get the truth about the escape of the pharmacist from him.”

Evans claimed he strongly believed in God. He said that was why he compelled his wife and children to be prayerful and concentrate on Psalm 23.

He added: “My wife doesn’t know why I was so much in love with Psalm 23. It’s because of the sins I had committed. I have always asked my children to ask for forgiveness for me and also pray that I should not die young. I believe in God, because He is the only one that can save me from the problem I find myself. I believe it was greed that pushed me into the kidnapping. I don’t believe in juju.

“I always organised my boys on the phone at detention camps. I asked my boys to do the findings about houses to rent and get back to me. I used to give them my specification of house. I don’t just rent any house, anywhere, especially because of what we used the buildings for. Before I stopped going to my village, I gave my father N3 million. I bought him a ‘jeep’ and a pickup van. I believe that part of the money I gave him was what he used to establish his piggery business. Had it been my father took care of me, I wouldn’t have become what I am today.”

Evans also accused his stepmother of being behind his life of crimes and present woes.

According to him, his stepmother used charms to destabilise his life.

The suspect claimed that the woman did that because she found out he was a child of promise. Evans denied that his stepmother gave him a Bible.

He said: “I don’t know when or where she gave me the Bible, which she claimed to have given me. My stepmother used charms to chase my mother out of my father’s house. My mother was the only one taking care of me. We are 11 children from my mother. My mother tried a lot in taking care of us. How I wish policemen would allow me to see my mother once more. She is on sick bed. I know she would be longing to see me. I am missing her.”

Evans revealed that he and his wife were planning to leave for Canada before his arrest. He noted that the woman was still in Ghana.

He added: “I love my children. Government should give me a second chance. I want to change. Those I have kidnapped should forgive me. I want to take care of my kids; police should take all what I have made from the crime world. I want to give to my children what my father could not give me. If my father had tutored me well, I wouldn’t have found myself in the trouble I am today.

“I want government to charge me to court; they should not kill me, so that my children will be able to come and see me in prison. I will be able to tell them my children that crime does not pay. I want to give them good upbringing.”

Speaking directly to other kidnappers, Evans said: “To kidnappers out there, you have seen what I’m going through. You have seen it on television and read it in newspapers. For police to have arrested me, the lord of kidnappers, I think there are no other kidnappers out there. Those who are into kidnapping should stop it. Kidnapping doesn’t pay. I have learnt my lesson. I think there are no kidnappers anywhere.

“I started drug business at the age of 25. We get most of the cocaine from Pakistan and other Asian countries. I used to take drugs to Holland, South African and some parts of Europe. We got a powder from China, which we normally rub on briefcase that contains the drug. Whenever the sniffer dogs smell the bags, they will not feel anything. That was how I was able to smuggle the drugs. Some time, I swallow the drugs. I once swallowed drug which busted in my stomach, leading to cancer. It was in 2008, that I was diagnosed with colon cancer in a hospital in Ghana. It was after I started feeling stomach ache that I went to Ghana. I also have high blood pressure. Since then, I have been treating the cancer with various drugs.”

Evans said that he attended Anglican Church at Ketu.

before he moved to Ghana. He said that members of the church knew him as a businessman.

Repeating what his wife said, Evans said: “During my first child dedication in the church, I gave N50,000. Subsequent worship service, I gave between N10,000 and N20,000, so that nobody would suspect me in the church.”

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