The Nigerian Police Force on Wednesday revealed details of how the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Obianuju, was shot at by the suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans).
Evans is on trial alongside Joseph Emeka, 29, Chiemeka Arinze, 39, and Udeme Upong, 43, on a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, and sale and transfer of firearms.
A policeman attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, Idowu Haruna, was called to the stand as a witness by the prosecutor and he gave details of events.
Haruna testified that the chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors was attacked by Evans on Third Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos in 2013.
He said, “They engaged the chief in a gun battle, and he was shot on his left arm.
“Also, one of his escorts, Cpl. Ngozi Chijioke and his driver, Mr Peter Nweke, were shot dead; three among the kidnappers were shot down by the police while others escaped.”
Haruna also reported that two rifles were recovered by the police while the case was reported at the FESTAC Police Division.
“Earlier, the third defendant, Arinze, surveyed and monitored the movement of the chairman,” the witness testified.
He said that anytime the chairman was going out to play games in the evening, he never went with escorts.
“But on Aug. 27, 2017, the defendants never knew that the victim was with escort; that was how they met their waterloo.”
Haruna told the court that, in its investigations, the team discovered that Arinze, who was into community service in his hometown, sold the riffles to Evans, which he used in carrying out the crime.
“It was discovered that Evans was the Leader of the gang and he ordered the kidnap of the victim.
“It was Evans that organised the firearms and ammunition used for the operation.”