Suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, better known as Evans, has narrated how he was allegedly tortured by members of intelligence response team of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).
Evans narrated this on Friday at the continuation of a trial-within-trial at an Ikeja high court in Lagos.
Evans is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping alongside six others.
NAN reports that before his testimony, a five-minute, 33-second video recording was played in the courtroom.
The video recording shows a member of the IG’s intelligence response team, Idowu Haruna, sitting beside Evans cautioning him and taking his statement.
Evans’ lawyer, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, however, disputed the validity of the recording by claiming it was heavily edited.
Evans, while being led in evidence by Ajanaku, described himself as a businessman dealing in haulage and ornaments, a resident at 3, Fred Soyebode street, Magodo, Lagos.
In a graphic detail, the suspected kidnap kingpin described how he was tortured by police officers after his arrest.
His words: “Insp. Haruna (member of IG’s Intelligence Response Team) took me to Abuja and brought me back to Lagos, where I was at the I-G’s Guest House at Obalende, Lagos,” he said.
“Sunny, the 2 I/C (second in command) to Abba Kyari, Head of the IRT, Mr Christian Ugu, Mr Phillip and other police officers working with them were there.
“Haruna brought about 25 sheets of paper and asked me to sign; that day, my mind told me not to sign because it might be my death warrant. Phillip put his hand in his pocket and brought out a brown hospital card; showed it to me and told me to sign it, saying that ‘do you think that we are joking here?’ he said if anything happens to me here, this card covers everything.
“Phillip said the police will not be held responsible, and before I knew, Ugu slapped me and that was how they started beating me,” he opined.
Evans gave more details to the court on how the police officers tortured him and made him witness executions in a bid to get him to admit to his crimes.
He said: “Mr Ugu was smoking, he quenched the cigarette on my hand. My lord, look at my head where they beat me; My Lord, look at my hand.
“They took me to the backyard of the I-G’s guest house; I sustained injuries on my head and body, and 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 Phillip ordered Haruna to bring a big brown sellotape, handkerchief and poly bags.
“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 poly bag 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 poo-pooed (defecated) on his body and, after a while, he went quiet. 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.”