Has notorious kidnapper Evans vanished? This report by The Sun says so, although not on his own volition.
According to the newspaper, Evans, whose real name is Chukwudi Dumeme Omwuamadike, “has been moved from the Lagos police command headquarters cell by about 30 heavily armed men at midnight few days ago to an undisclosed destination.”
It said that some senior police officers say he has been moved to Abuja.
One of them said: “He is okay and seriously cooperating with the police in its investigation. From the look of things, he might not spend up to three months in detention before he’s charged to court. As for his location, I assure you that he is in a protective custody somewhere out of town.”
“He has not been returned since he was moved out. Evans is a broken man; police can’t resort to extra-judicial killings at this point. He is cooperating, and he is ready to help return all his ill-gotten wealth as soon as possible,” The Sun quoted another police source as saying.
According to another source: “Evans is not an ordinary criminal. I guess that they took him out for further investigation but I don’t know why they are yet to return him to his cell.” The source further assured: “No one is planning to kill Evans. I believe that they will return him later. He could be in any good cell in the state for security reasons, but I can assure you that he is not dead yet. Even if anything happens to him, if he dies in custody, it will be as a result of cancer which he claims he is suffering from.”
It reported that some police officers fear that he may plot his escape from prison, saying he might not make it to court.
“A criminal is always a criminal. With the number of robbery cases and kidnappings to his credit, he is well known among criminals. Within the short period that he spent in our cell, he is already controlling inmates in the cell. They fear and respect him; we do not want to run the risk of allowing him to form another notorious group which is common amongst them,” one officer said.
The officer added that Evans’ family members are yet to approach the Force since they benefited from his stolen wealth.
“A lot of his family members benefited from his ill-gotten wealth, so they are afraid to come close to the police station. Evans confirmed that he bought a car for his father and also gave him N3m. The police will recover such money and properties.
We will soon get a warrant to pick his father up and possibly his mother, who also benefited.”
Evans had charged the police to court for human rights infringement and also demanded N300m as damages in another suit.