Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has backpedalled on his earlier guilty plea.
Evans, at a Lagos State High Court on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping.
The suspected kidnapper had on August 30 pleaded guilty to the amended charges.
Evans backtracked to joins his alleged accomplices, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, the only female defendant, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba, in their ‘not guilty’ plea.
Evans and his team were charged with the kidnap of Mr. Donatius Duru on August 30.
The prosecution led by Ms. P.K. Shitta-bey, the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), said Evans and his accomplices committed the offence of conspiracy at 7.45 p.m. on Feb. 14 on Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos.
The prosecution said the defendants between Feb. 14 and April 12 at Obokun Street, Ilupeju, while armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, captured and detained Duru.
The defendants allegedly collected a ransom of 223,000 euros for the release of Donatius.
Prior to his arrest on June 10, 2017, one of Evans’ victims narrated how he ceded N1.2 million to the kidnapper.
“He collected 1.2 (million dollars) from me, not 1 million he’s writing,” the victim told PREMIUM TIMES in an exclusive interview.