A Lagos High Court in Igbosere Friday heard that the police hid suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, from rights activist Mr Femi Falana SAN, in a toilet.
Evans told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that the event occurred in the office of the Lagos Coordinator of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Response Team, Mr Phillip, a Chief Superintendent (CSP), soon after his arrest in 2017.
He alleged that the lawyer was contacted by his wife, (Uchenna Precious Onwuamadike) shortly after his arrest.
He said the police told Falana that they had taken the suspect out for investigation, but the lawyer suspected otherwise and warned the police prosecute rather than execute him.
Evans, in tears, made the claims while testifying in a trial within trial to determine whether his confessional statement to the police should be admitted by the court.
According to the Lagos State Government which is prosecuting Evans on twin kidnapping, murder and attempted murder charges before the judge, the suspect’s statement was voluntarily made.
Its witness, Inspector Idowu Haruna, whose testimony preceded Evans’ yesterday, told the judge that he took the suspect’s statement.
Haruna, a member of the IGP Response Team which arrested Evans, said Evans never requested for a lawyer and none of his family members were present when the confessional statement was made.
“The statement was recorded in an open office. He (Evans) was cautioned in English and he narrated the story of his involvement in the kidnapping of victims.”
Haruna’s testimony was corroborated by CSP Phillip, who added: “The defendant was brought to my office after his statement was taken. I read the statement to him and asked him if he was forced to make the statement. He (Evans) said no.”
According to him,
“Evans was in a good mood when he was brought before me by Inspector Idowu. He was very okay, he looked healthy, hence I asked him questions about the confessional statement.”
But, led in evidence by his counsel, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, Evans disputed their version of events.