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Evans makes a U-turn, pleads not guilty to kidnapping charges (Punch)

Evans makes a U-turn, pleads not guilty to kidnapping charges (Punch)

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

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