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Court to Evans: Your applications to stop murder charges against you lack merit

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans

The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has dismissed the two applications by alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, who is seeking to quash charges of murder and illegal sales of firearms preferred against him.

The Presiding Judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in a ruling on Friday, November 10, described the applications as misconceived and lacking in merit.

Evans is also facing kidnapping charges as well.

Justice Taiwo said the court had the jurisdiction to hear the case, saying a prima facie case had been established.

The Lagos State Government had filed two separate charges against Evans.

Evans was docked in the first charge with Victor Aduba on conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

In the second charge, Evans was arraigned with three other defendants — Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze, and Udeme Upong.

They are facing charges bordering on murder, attempt to commit murder, attempt to kidnap, sale and transfer of firearms.

While ruling on the application to quash the charge, Taiwo said: “It is my humble view that this charge did not offend the provisions of Sections 152 and 153 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) which states that every offence shall be tried separately.

“Thus the two counts of unlawful possession of firearms are not defective, they can stand on their own.

“She said there was no duplicity in the charge because the provisions of the law was dully satisfied.”