Wife of notorious kidnap kingpin, Chikwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, has appealed to Nigerian authorities to spare her husband life.
Mrs. Uchennna Onwuamadike made the appeal came after Evans was arrested by operatives of the Nigerian police penultimate Saturday.
According to the police, Evans had managed to escape arrest for seven years.
He was, however, arrested on June 10, after a police special squad caught up with him at his No. 3, Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo, Lagos home .
The kidnap kingpin has confessed to being responsible for many high-profile kidnap cases in many states of the country, especially Lagos.
He has also confessed to earning money running into billions of naira from his unlawful activities, having charged some of his victims up to $ 1 million each as ransom.
But according to Vanguard newspaper, the 31-year-old wife of the kidnapper who married him at the age of 17, said she was not aware of her husband’s criminal activities.
Mrs. Onwuamadike, who reportedly spoke from Ghana where she lives with her five children, said, “I was not aware that he was into kidnapping and all the criminal acts he is being associated with now.
“All I know about his business is that he was into haulage, buying engine and spare parts for trucks and imports exhaust pipes.
“That was what he told me. The reason he kept me in Ghana was because he said our children should get quality education.
“I have spent six years here (Ghana) and after I stopped hearing from him, I called and complained bitterly but he said I should stay for some time,” Vanguard quoted her as saying.
Speaking further, the mother of five said her husband had always lived a curious life, stating that she never knew any of his friends.
“While in Lagos,” she said, “I was idle and I pressured him to find something for me to do and he promised to do that.
“Several times, I asked him to take me to his office but he said they move from place to place to offload goods in haulage business and share profits.
“I can’t remember having any visitor in our house. It is only the agent called Sunny that helped us to pack into our house that I know.
“At times, artisans come to do one repair or the other, that’s all.
“I don’t know any of his friends and if we were invited to parties, he would not allow us to attend.
“He told me that he has no friends and that he hates associating with people. I was always indoors because he warned me to beware of Lagos women that they are wayward.
“I was staying indoors and it was only when I was sick that he took me to a hospital in Ikeja. I always have BP and it makes weak.”
According to Mrs. Onwuamadike, the news of Evans’ arrest came to her as a rude shock because she never suspected that her husband was a criminal.
“When I heard all the allegations against him, I called his brother in Ghana, his mother, father and other relations but I could not get them.
“I then called their last born, a student at Oko Polytechnic but he said he had not spoken with him for long.
“I was confused until I opened Niger news and Vanguard Websites. That was how I got the shocking news about my husband.
“I collapsed and later called my kids to inform them what I just read about their father.
“Since then, I have not eaten, I am still in shock. Our children could not believe what they were reading about their father.
“They are saying that he cannot do all the things they said he did. In fact, while we were in Nigeria, he had never slept outside our house.
“My children were crying when they saw his bloody eyes and swollen face.”
Commenting on the proceeds of Evans’ criminal escapades, the Anambra-born Mrs. Onwuamadike said:
“I have not been receiving money from him, I have never seen his money.
“The only thing I know is that there was a time he bought an expensive watch in Dubai and I wanted to know why he bought it when he could not open any business for me.
“He kept on teasing me, claiming it came from a friend. It was only when we wanted to travel to South Africa last year Christmas where we spent two years that he gave me N200, 000 for the trip.
“I have never seen him as a rich man. While with him, we made sure we had all we wanted to eat and that’s all. I can’t remember seeing any sign of affluence in him.