The Lagos State Federal High Court in Ikeja has adjourned trial of suspected Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, fondly called Evans to November 3, 2017, at the instance of some of the defence lawyers who have just come into the matter.
According to Channels News report, they made a case to be given time to study the processes filed in court especially the proof of evidence against the defendants.
Afroinsider gathered that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Lagos State, Titilayo Shitta-Bey declined to speak on the proceedings but a lawyer in her team says they amended the charges because the previous one would have earned the defendants a 25year jail term on conviction but the amended charges stipulates life imprisonment upon conviction.
The defendant, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, had ealier pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and Kidnapping of one Mr. Dunu Donatus, which was said to allegedly committed in February 2017.
Evans earlier pleaded guilty on 30, August 2017 to the two-count charge at his arraignment.
The court seating started at 11.45 A.M and the amended charges were read to all six defendants and they all pleaded “not guilty” before large crowd and three witnesses.
The arraignment was before Justice Hakeem at Oshodi High Court, Lagos State.
Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike was arraigned alongside five others; Uche Amadi, Ogechi Izechuwku, Okechukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso.
Evans, Amadi and Nwachukwu pleaded guilty before Justice Hakeem to both counts while Izuchukwu, Ifeanyi, and Chukwunonso resolved to ‘not guilty’.
The Attorney General of Lagos State, Adeniji Kazeem, who led the prosecution, order the six defendants be kept in prison custody to reconvene 3, November 2017 after their pleas.