Evans pleads 'not guilty' at continuation of trial

Lester Mason
October 20, 2017

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (also known as Evans), Thursday changed his guilty plea to two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping to "not guilty".

Evans was brought into court along with five other suspects - four men and one lady - and all of them were handcuffed.

Shitta-bey claimed that Evans and his accomplices committed the offence of conspiracy at 7.45 p.m. on February 14, on Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos.

In effect the charges read to the defendants on Thursday was essentially the same as the one to which Evans and two had others had pleaded guilty on August 30.

Kazeem said that the defendants between February 14 and April 12 along Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos, while armed with guns and other unsafe weapons, captured and detained one Duru Donatus.

The defendants allegedly collected a ransom of 223,000 euros for the release of Donatius.

"With respect to the application from the learned Attorney General, we shall not be opposing same".

"I am ready for the charge to be taken and to go on with the trial", he said.

Justice Oshodi then adjourned the case until November 3, when the defence must have prepared for trial.

Shitta-bey, however, opposed the request for adjournment by the counsel to the defendants.

"Section 155 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State does not allow any formal application from the prosecution to amend charges".

For lesser offences however, a guilty plea by the defendant would be recorded and deemed sufficient to ground his conviction even though the prosecution will similarly be called upon to explain to the defendant the charges against him and the implication of his plea.

At this stage, Justice Oshodi stood the matter down for 45minutes to enable counsels confer with defendants.

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