The notorious kidnapper arrested at the weekend, Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike, alias Evans along with six members of his gang in Lagos, has named some of his victims. He told detectives that though he could not remember the number of people he kidnapped or the amount of money he collected as ransom, he was, however, able to mention a few. Evans has been singing like a canary since his arrest.
We have compiled a list of some of his victims and the ransom they paid:
1. Mbarikatta William Uboma
Mr Mbarikatta William Uboma was kidnapped at Festac Town on June 16, 2012, and the sum of N20 million was collected as ransom before he was released.
2. Mr Paul Cole
Evan’s confessional statement revealed that Mr Paul Cole from Ohafia in Abia state was also kidnapped by the gang on August 23, 2012, at Festac Town and N20m was also paid to free him.
3. Mr Mohammed Jamal
Mr Mohammed Jamal a Lebanese man was kidnapped on August 19, 2012, at Ajah. He paid N17m at Ojo area of Lagos to regain his freedom.
4. Mr Kingsley Nwokenta
On September 19, 2012, after he left Lebanon Bar in Festac Town, Mr Kingsley Nwokenta was kidnapped and he had to pay N15m in addition to his black Toyota Venza car to gain freedom.
5. Mr Anthony Ozoanidobi
On October 10, 2012, along Marwa Road in Satellite Town, they kidnapped Mr Anthony Ozoanidobi, where N15m was paid before he was taken to Apple junction, Amuwo-Odofin in Lagos and released.
6. Mr Leo Abraham
Mr Leo Abraham was kidnapped in Lagos on August 20, 2012, and dumped at Badagry Road in Lagos after he paid N15m.
Cosmas, a Toyota parts salesman, was kidnapped on January 21, 2016, at Festac Town and had to pay a whooping $1m to secure his release.
8. James Uduji James
Uduji was kidnapped by the gang at Seventh Avenue, Festac Town late last year and paid $1.2m after being held for six weeks before he was released.
9. Chief Raymond Okoye Odu-Na–Ichida
Chief Raymond Okoye Odu-Na–Ichida was kidnapped in 2015 and also paid $1m to regain his freedom after two months in captivity.
Okoroafor, a trader at Alaba International Market, Lagos, was kidnapped by the gang in 2015 and held captive for three months before he was released after paying $1m.
11. Elias Ukachukwu Elias
Ukachukwu, who was kidnapped by the gang in November, 2015 also paid a ransom of $1m for his release.
12. Francis Umeh
Francis Umeh was kidnapped in July 2016, at Raji Rasaki Estate and released after paying $1m to secure his release.
13. Mr Donatus Dunu
Mr Donatus Dunu, a pharmacist and importer of medicine, who was kidnapped on February 14, 2017, in Elupeju area of Lagos. The sum of N150m was paid by the victim’s family to secure his release.
14. Mr Ohunyon Ernest
Mr Ohunyon Ernest was kidnapped in November 2011 and he had to pay N85m, before he was released.
15. Mr Dan Odiete
Mr Dan Odiete, was also kidnapped by the gang in Benin City in 2013, paid N100m to regain his freedom.
16. The owner of Uyi Technical
The owner of Uyi Technical was kidnapped by Evan’s gang in Benin City in 2013 paid N100m before he was released.
A man named Tom was kidnapped in Benin in 2012 and he paid N100m to the gang to be freed.
18. The owner of Kings Paint
The owner of Kings Paint was also kidnapped in Benin City in 2010 by the same gang and had to pay N40m to regain his freedom.
19. Mr Randeki
Mr Randeki was kidnapped by the gang in 2010 and paid N30m for his release. Meanwhile, Evans revealed that the decision of his father to disown him was the reason he took to crime. However this is contrary to claims by the suspect’s father, Stephen Onwuamadike who alleged that his estranged wife manipulated Evans into taking up crime.