By Oladipupo Mojeed
Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwuduneme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans has been moved by the men of the Nigerian Police Force to Abuja, The Sun reports.
This is contrary to reports of escape that are peddled on different platforms.
According to Saturday Sun, Evans is not dead but was moved from the Lagos police command headquarters cell by about 30 heavily armed men at midnight a few days ago to an undisclosed destination.
Some senior police officers in the know told Saturday Sun he was moved to Abuja.
Meanwhile, it has been gathered that Evans was told to maintain total press silence.
After days of sniffing around the Lagos police formations to get information on Evans’ whereabouts, it was gathered that the kidnap kingpin had been moved out of the Lagos command headquarters days ago by heavily armed policemen and is yet to be returned.
Police had last week said they had gotten a court order allowing them to detain him for three months while they complete investigations into his case.
This followed two suits filed by Evans lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, at the High Court seeking his release and claiming N300m damages from the police.
Some senior police officers who spoke to Saturday Sun on condition of anonymity expressed fears that Evans might not make it to the court.
They argued that he might plot his escape from prison, or get across to some of his members who are still on the run.
Their concerns are not farfetched, given that several inmates in the past had reportedly committed much heinous crimes even while in prison.
“He has not been returned since he was moved out. Evans is a broken man; police can’t resort to extra-judicial killings at this point. He is cooperating, and he is ready to help return all his ill-gotten wealth as soon as possible”, one of the officers said.
Another reliable source at the police command said “Evans is not an ordinary criminal. I guess that they took him out for further investigation but I don’t know why they are yet to return him to his cell.
“No one is planning to kill Evans. I believe that they will return him later. He could be in any good cell in the state for security reasons, but I can assure you that he is not dead yet.
“Even if anything happens to him, if he dies in custody, it will be as a result of cancer which he claims he is suffering from.”
Yet another senior police officer who preferred anonymity assured that Evans is okay.
“He is okay and seriously cooperating with the police in its investigation. From the look of things, he might not spend up to three months in detention before he’s charged to court. As for his location, I assure you that he is in a protective custody somewhere out of town.”