The move by the Lagos State Government on Monday to arraign alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumene Onwuamadike, aka Evans, on fresh charges bordering on murder and illegal firearms possession was frustrated as the accused challenged the competence of the charges.
Evans lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, contended that his client could not be arraigned until his application challenging the charges and the court’s jurisdiction had been determined.
Ogungbeje said since the prosecuting team for the state just served him with a reply to the application on Monday morning in court, he would need an adjournment to reply.
Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, adjourned the matter till Friday, October 27, 2017.
It could be recalled that Evans’ trial at the High Court in Lagos State took another twist on Oct. 19 as the Lagos State Government amended the charges it filed against the notorious kidnapper alongside five other.
Following his initial arraignment, Evans had on August 30, 2017 pleaded guilty to the two-count charge brought against him.