Evans arrested through sister, friend’s statements – Police source
…suspect used N 4 . 6 m phones to frustrate arrest
The police have said that useful statements made by a younger sister of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike aka Evans , led to his arrest .
The sister was said to have been arrested after her number was identified as one of the contacts in Evans ’ special SIM card .
PUNCH Metro learnt that Evans ’ childhood friend and four girlfriends were also picked up by the police and they all gave relevant information .
This is just as operatives disclosed that Evans used three phones – two of which reportedly cost N 2 . 4 m and N2 . 6 m respectively – with anti -tracking features to frustrate his arrest .
Our correspondent learnt that he contacted families of his victims through the phones to demand ransoms , bearing in mind that the families could report to the police for tracking .
Reliable police sources also disclosed that the billionaire kidnapper had 126 registered SIM cards.
Evans , who also deals in drugs , was arrested on Saturday in one of his two mansions on Magodo Estate , Lagos , after seven years of high – profile abductions across the country, during which he collected millions of dollars in ransoms .
He was paraded the following day amid jubilation at the Lagos Sate Police Command ’ s headquarters in Ikeja .
He was said to have bought three houses in Accra , Ghana and wristwatches worth thousands of dollars from the proceeds of the crimes . The suspect , who dropped out of school at Junior Secondary School 2 , had confessed to have once collected $ 1 m ransom.
Six of his gang members are Nwosu Chukwuma , aka Sudo , 42 ; Suoyo Paul aka Nwana , 42 ; Felix Chinemerem, 36 ; Chukwuemeka Bosah , 28 ; Uchechukwu Amadi and Ogechi Amadi . Uchechukwu and Ogechi are husband and wife .
Five AK- 47 rifles, one AK – 49 rifle , two English pistols, 59 AK – 47 magazine with ammunition , 1 , 272 pieces of live ammunition of AK- 47 (9 mm ) and five number plates were reportedly recovered from the suspects .
A police officer told PUNCH Metro on Thursday that apart from the weapons, three phones – a Turaya , and two different Vertu phones – containing anti – tracking features were recovered from the 36 – year – old native of the Nnewi North Local Government Area , Anambra State .
The officer said , “He has 11 phones . Two of them are special Virtu phones , which are very difficult to track . He also has a Turaya , which is a satellite phone. It can be used anywhere , including in the bush , on the sea , and desert , where there are no GSM service . In Nigeria , we don ’ t have the capability to track Turaya .
“ He said he bought the Virtu phones N4 . 6 m. He used the three phones for his nefarious activities . We succeeded in tracking him through the other phones he has . ”
A detective stated that a number of SIM cards used by Evans complicated the challenges posed by the sophisticated phones , adding that he bought the SIM cards registered from miscreants in Computer Village, Ikeja .
He said , “ We studied and analysed 126 SIM cards before we caught him . We have about two – page analysis of each of the numbers . He used 125 of those numbers to call his gang members only and used one to call his mother , wife and sister . He said he bought all the SIM cards already registered in Computer Village for N1 , 500 each .
“ We picked his sister, his childhood friend with whom he attended primary school , and four of his girlfriends. They gave us the information that led to his arrest . Evans confirmed that they didn ’ t know he was into kidnapping . Because of that , we granted them bail, while investigations continue. ”
Another source confided in PUNCH Metro that aside from a camp in New Igando , where Evans kept his victims , operatives had uncovered two other camps, which would soon be visited .
The Force Public Relations Officer , Jimoh Moshood , said the suspect would soon be arraigned in court .
Source : The Punch