Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike Finally Arrested

The leader of a notorious kidnap gang behind many abductions that have instilled fear in Nigerians. Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, a.k.a Evans has been arrested by the Nigerian police.

Evans was arrested in his mansion in Magodo Estate in Lagos on Saturday 10th June 2017 by the police Joint Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team,  the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Technical and Intelligent Unit of the Force under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State.

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Onuamadike was paraded on Sunday along with six suspected top members of his gang at the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command.

According to the police, Evans, who is a native of Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State had been on their watchlist for about seven years.

He is the vicious leader of the highly organised kidnap syndicate and criminal gang responsible for the kidnap of prominent Nigerians in Lagos and many states across the country and is reputed to be the most notorious and richest kidnapper in Nigeria.

Evans was declared wanted in August 2013 after allegedly masterminding the attempted kidnap of the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Obianudo, in FESTAC, Lagos.

A policeman had foiled the attempt to kidnap Obianudo by killing three of the gang members was killed.

After the FESTAC incident, the police said Onuamadike and surviving members of his syndicate regrouped with several gangs and became more vicious in unleashing terror.

Evans’ arrest came just a few weeks after many members of his gang, including his second and third in command, were rounded up at different locations in the country.

Their arrest came few days after one of their victims, Donatus Dunu, a wealthy owner of a pharmaceutical company at Ilupeju, Lagos, escaped miraculously from the hideout where they kept him for months.

One of Evans’ mansions

Mr. Dunu was abducted in front of his office in Ilupeju, on February 14, 2017,  by gun-totting young men who blocked his car with their SUV and threw him into the booth of the car.

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Members of his family paid about N150m to effect his release but the kidnappers insisted on getting N500m.

Members of his gang arrested with him include Suoyo Paul, a.k.a Nwana, 42; Nwosu Chikodi Chukwu, 42, a.k.a Sudo, who is believed to be the third in command,  Felix Chinemerem, 36; Ikenna Emeka, 28; Uchechukwu Amadi; and Ogechi Amadi.

The police listed the names of some of their victims to include Mbarikatta William Uboma; Paul Cole, a director with Ocean Glory Commodities, Apapa; Mohammed Jamal, a Lebanese; Kingsley Nwokenta and Anthony Ozoanidobi.

Others are Leo Abraham, Ojukwu Cosmas, James Uduji, Chief Raymond Okoye, Uche Okoroafor, Elias Ukachukwu, Francis Umeh, and Donatus Dunu.

The police also revealed that Evans and his gangs keep their victims at a house in New Igando Lagos until they pay the ransom.

“Ransom money is paid to him in millions of dollars, some victims are kept for upward of six to seven months until the last penny is paid. He never reduces his tagged ransom money. None of his gang members knows his house.”

Speaking to newsmen, the kingpin said he started the business of kidnapping in 2015 after he left his spare parts business. He claimed he lost N20 million to customs officers, which made him leave his trade.

His claim, however, contradicted the police statement that he was declared wanted since 2013.

Evans, who wasn’t sure of how many people he had kidnapped, said the highest he had collected as ransom was one million dollars.

“I can’t figure out how much I have collected so far or how many people I have kidnapped, but I have kidnapped up to 10 since 2015.

“I chose to collect the ransom in dollars to be different, and the maximum I have collected as ransom so far is 1 million dollars.

“I work in two groups. A team moves with me to kidnap victims while we hand over to the other team that takes the victim to the hide out.

“Kingsley introduced me to kidnapping, but I usually get my ammunition from one Chinedu and Ehis whom I met at Ago-Iwoye.

“I also do drug business that enabled me to buy my property.” 

The Force Public Relations Officer said the police would build on his capture and check kidnapping in the country.

“This is a huge success for the Nigeria Police Force. The Force will build on this success and continue to prevent kidnap cases and criminality generally in the country, and ensure prompt detection of those crimes that cannot be prevented, and also ensure that perpetrators are arrested, investigated and prosecuted,” he said.

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The Police have released the photographs of the two houses owned by billionaire kidnap kingpin in Lagos

The houses are all located in Magodo Estate Lagos. Evans also has two four-bedroom duplexes in Accra Ghana.

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