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Court Dismisses Evans’ Appeals Seeking To Stop His Trial

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has dismissed three appeals by suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans, seeking to stop his trial at two high courts in Lagos State.

Ruling on Monday, a three-man panel of the court led by Justice Jummai Sankey held that Evans’ appeals against the rulings were without merit.

Evans was, in the appeals, challenging the lower courts’ jurisdiction to try his matter and sought to strike out the charges filed against him.

In the first appeal against the ruling of Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja High Court, the first to fourth respondents were the Lagos State Government and Evans’ co-defendants; Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong

Justice Taiwo, on November 10, 2017, dismissed Evans’ application seeking to quash an amended seven-count charge against him, dated October 26, 2017.

The appellate court consolidated both appeals and Justice Sankey held:

“The appeals are hereby dismissed. The ruling of the lower court is affirmed. I hold that the lower court has jurisdiction to continue with the trial and to entertain all the counts of the charge.”

In the third appeal, Evans claimed that Justice Hakeem Oshodi erred in law when he held that the amended information/ charge dated October 19, 2017, filed by the first respondent, was incompetent without an accompanying or attached proof of evidence as required by law.

But Justice Philomena Ekpe, who read the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal as being unmeritorious.

Justice Ekpe held: “Accordingly, this appeal is adjudged unmeritorious. It fails and is therefore dismissed in its entirety. The ruling delivered by the lower court by Justice Oshodi on November 3, 2017, in suit NO ID/5970C/2017, is upheld. I make no order as to cost, appeal dismissed.”

Evans has kidnap, attempted murder and murder charges on him which might send him to the gallows if found guilty.


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