The Lagos State Government on Thursday re-arraigned alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, alias Evans, and five others before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.
The re-arraignment of the defendants followed the amendment to the two charges, bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping, pressed against them by the state.
Although Evans and his co-defendants had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges when they were first arraigned on August 30, they changed their plea, denying the allegations upon their re-arraignment on Thursday.
Standing trial alongside Evans are Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Aduba and a woman Ogechi Uchechukwu. When the matter came up before Justice Hakeem Oshodi, the state prosecuting team, led by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, told the court that the amended information only affected the law and punishment under which second charge was filed. Read more