Evans: I’m an illiterate *I signed a prepared statement after watching five people brutally suffocated

By Editor on 05/12/2018

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Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike continued his eerie tale of how a harrowing encounter with the police, forced him into signing a prepared statement, handed to him without further resistance.

Recounting how five people were killed in his presence at the official guest house of the Inspector General of Police (IG), in Ikoyi, Lagos, Evans, who the police claims is the most celebrated kidnapper in Africa, said, as a dropout, who abandoned school at Junior Secondary School (JSS2), he could neither read nor write, narrating once again, how his interrogators pushed him into the toilet in order to prevent him from meeting with human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), during his ordeal.

The alleged kidnapper, while spilling the content of his mind as he was led evidence by his lawyer, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, told an Ikeja High Court how, presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, how Falana was contacted by his wife shortly after his arrest.

According to him, the police subjected him under vicious torture and held a gun to his head, while he was making the confessional statement, they were now parading as part of his acceptance of guilt.

Part of the torture, according to Evans, who was arrested by a combined squad of police elite teams, including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the IG’s Intelligence Unit (IIU), in June, 2017, included heavy beating and slashing his head with a machete, while one of the police interrogators, quenched his half-smoked cigarette on his body to confirm to him that they were not joking.

Evans, standing trial with Victor Aduba a former officer with the Nigerian Army on four-counts charges, bordering on kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms, told the court: “My wife contacted Falana and he came to see me. But they did not allow him to have access to me.

“On the day Falana came I was in the interrogation room.  One police officer ran upstairs and informed Haruna Idowu that Falana was in the premises and had requested to see me.

“When Haruna heard this, he ordered two of his men to push me into the adjoining toilet and guard me.

“While I was locked up in the toilet I heard ‘good afternoon Sir.’

“Then I heard Falana say: I am here to see Mr Onwuamadike.  Haruna responded that I had been moved to another location for further interrogation.

“Falana then asked Haruna why they were beating me, and that he saw my pictures and videos showing that I had been tortured.

“Falana then went on to warn them sternly not to kill me. I heard him tell them not to ‘accidentally’ shoot me and that they should charge me to court and not kill me. After a while I heard him leave.

 “My father was prevented from seeing me that’s why he filed a suit against the Inspector General of Police at the Federal High Court.

“Behind the camera, one of the officers carried a gun and threatened to shoot me if I did not confess. We had done several rehearsals of what I would say even before the video was recorded. I Evans dropped out from school when I was in JSS2. I cannot read or write. I was forced to append my signature to the confessional statement.  My Lord they forced me to sign the confessional statement. I was told that if I did not cooperate, I would be killed.

“Insp Idowu Haruna (member of IGP Intelligence Response Team). Sunny the 2 I/C (second in command) to Abba Kyari,  Mr Christian Ugu, Mr Phillip and other police officers working with them were there.

“One of them, one Mr Phillip put his hand in his pocket and brought out a brown hospital card. He showed it to me and told me to sign it while saying that do you think that we are joking here. He said if anything happens to me here this card covers everything.

“Mr Phillip said the police will not be held responsible and before I knew what was happening. Mr Christian slapped me and that was how they started beating me.

 “Mr Christian Ugu was smoking, he quenched the cigarette on my hand. My Lord look at my head where they beat me. My Lord looks at my hand. They took me to the backyard of the IG’s guesthouse, I sustained injuries on my head and body and Mr Phillip asked the policemen to walk on me and when I started bleeding. He said you think we are joking here.

“At the backyard, I saw some people that I was paraded with, they were wearing leg chains. Some of them had bullet wounds on their legs and Mr Phillip ordered Idowu Haruna to bring a big brown sellotape, handkerchief and polybags.

“Idowu Haruna forced a handkerchief into the mouth of one of them. He used the sellotape to tightly tape his mouth and face and put a polybag over his head and sellotaped it and used another poly bag and sellotaped it for the second time and they left the man on the ground.

“The man on the ground was shaking. He pissed (urinated) on his body. He pooed (defecated) on his body and after a while, he went quiet.

“Idowu Haruna went to the man and stepped on his body and he was unresponsive and he told me can you see I have travelled him. At this point, I was crying and pleading for my life because I watched Haruna ‘travel’, five other people.

“Haruna used a machete to hit my head and my blood started flowing freely from the cut.

“It was at this point that I opted to cooperate. They offered me a can of Fanta and Hydraulic Oil was used to treat the wound.  I was in pains but cooperated and signed the documents.”

Also giving his testimony during the trial within the trial,  Aduba, Evan’s co-defendant said he was also forced to sign his confessional statement.

“I used to work with the Nigerian Army in the music department.  I was arrested alongside the 1st defendant and taken into custody.

“I was slapped several times when I asked to talk to my lawyer.  I was asked to cooperate or I would be killed.

” I was taken from my prison cell alongside one Chukwuma Nwosu and Sanyo Paul.

“When I refused to sign the confessional statements because I did not know what was written in it, Inspector Haruna Idowu brought out his phone and showed me the dead bodies of Chukwuma Nwosu and Sanyo Paul.  It was at this point I signed the statement,” Aduba said.

The presiding Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, adjourned the case till January 31, 2019, for counsels to prepare their final written address in the trial within a trial.

 

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on December, 5 2018

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