Nigeria Police Force officers paraded a notorious kidnap gang leader, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, also known as “Evans,” and six of his gang members at the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday.
According to public relations officer for the NPF, CSP Jimoh Moshood, the suspects were arrested by the Intelligence Response Team, the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit, and the NPF Technical and Intelligence Unit on Saturday.
He said the Officers stormed the kidnappers’ den and engaged in a gun battle which lasted several hours before arresting Evans and six of his gang members in Ikeja, Lagos.
Evans told the news men that he used to sell into imported auto spare parts but lost all my money (over N25m) when Customs seized my goods.
Thereafter, he relocated to South Africa, where he started peddling drugs. But along the line, his business partner shot him and passed him off as dead. He later recovered, returned to Nigeria and decided to start kidnapping rich men for ransom.”
He said he commenced the evil trade under one late notorious Chyna, adding that he was among theose who attempted to kidnap the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo.
Two members of the gang, were killed in the operation in which Chyna died. He started his own gang, adding that he has six men in Lagos, who he sends to any part of the country to operate. He added.
They went in groups of three or four to execute any mission, Evans said, adding that others were recruited for particular operations and discharged once the job was done.
The suspect claimed that he never killed adding that most killings were done by his gang members.
He named, Urchman, Uche and Nnamdi as those who carried the gang’s weapons, adding that Chinedu and Ehis brought contacts and names of those to be kidnapped. Evans claimed to have kidnapped 10 people since he started his gang in 2015. He continue by calling out two of his victims, Uyi Technical and Dan Odete, who brought N100million and N50million ransom, were picked up during the late Chyna’s reign. He got N10million from the operation.
“I have people heading different sections. There are two gangs that work for me in every operation. It is not all the time I follow them for the job. Most times, I control them on phone. The two gangs do not know themselves and neither of them knows my house. He said.
“Two people take charge of the detention camp at Igando and on every operation, I pay them N2million each. My parents are in the village. My mother knows what I do but she has never approved of it. I have five children. Three boys and two girls. I sent my family to Canada.
He further said “I have dual citizenship – Nigeria and Ghana. I got visa for my family in Ghana because I couldn’t get it in Nigeria.”
“I have not left Nigeria since 2007 that I returned from South Africa but my family usually travelled and I also give money to people to buy whatever I need or I buy online.”
Hr said Most of their victims are targetted and picked along the road or before they enter their homes. “We do not pick victims from their homes”. He added.