Police arrest soldier gang member of Evans group who collected N6.5m in three operations

Evans: Police arrest Military gang member of notorious kidnapper

By Odita Sunday | 

An authoritative source disclosed to The Guardian that the arrest of the serving Army Lance Corporal, Victor Chukwunonso, is giving the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris reasons to rejoice.

• Suspect took part in 3 operations

• Got N6.5million as share

The last has not been heard about billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, as a military personnel, who is a member of the gang has been arrested by the Nigeria Police High Command in Abuja.

An authoritative source disclosed to The Guardian that the arrest of the serving Army Lance Corporal, Victor Chukwunonso, is giving the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris reasons to rejoice.

Chukwunonso, with Nigerian Army No: 09/NA/64/6317, until his arrest, was attached to Nigeria Army Band Corps, Abatti Barracks, Surulere Lagos. He is a native of Onitsha, Anambra State.

The source, which is very close to the IGP, revealed that the Police would not arraign Evans in a hurry, as his revelations would assist the force in busting kidnap gangs in the country.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Dasuki Galadanchi, who addressed newsmen, yesterday, said more suspects have been arrested in connection with Evans and his gang.

Although Galadanchi failed to disclose the identity of the arrested suspects, the story of the fresh arrest trended on social media platforms and within the Nigeria Police community.

According the situation of the Police, “Corporal Victor confessed to have followed Evans for kidnapping in Lagos State three times, where he got N2m, N1.5m and N3m respectively as his share. Serious efforts to arrest remaining gang members are in progress.”

Source: The Guardian

News Headlines June 25,  2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

News Headlines June 25,  2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

I still iron my wife’s clothes — Adeboye
Evans was arrested for robbery in 2006, freed by Imo police — Police source 
Robbers kill one as police tighten security
Eid-el-Fitr: Presidency warns against reckless statements 5
Best and worst of 2017 (so far) 
Two brothers in police net for murder
Between Davido & Wizkid 
My wife and I have perfect sight, we don’t know why four of our six children are blind — Couple 
Ex-police officers accuse Lagos command of withholding salary arrears
Bank charges: Group mobilises Nigerians to close 1m accounts 
I still iron my wife’s clothes — Adeboye 
Church leaders fault Osinbajo on corruption claim 
Day 50 of medical trip: Nigerians want presidency to disclose Buhari’s illness, bills
Aregbesola is wicked, my victory will shame him — Adeleke 
I defeated Isiaka Adeleke, I will defeat his brother – Hussain 
Terrorists steal our uniforms, weapons to commit atrocities — Buratai 
Fashola blackmailing us over Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, say lawmakers 
N’Assembly rules out medical test for presidential aspirants 
Igbo quit notice: I have the support of my elders, Yerima replies Falana 
Buhari should resign if he’s too ill to work — Akinrinade 
My husband doesn’t mind me twerking, says Mercy Johnson 
Mixed metaphors: Rob the weak, pardon the strong 
APC prays for Buhari 
Why I built a mansion for my mother –I Go Dye 
Blood insufficiency and healthcare delivery 
Chidinma and I have good chemistry – Flavour
Withdraw quit notice to Igbo, group urges Arewa youths 
No rift between Amaechi, Abe — Ex-lawmaker
I have four dogs, not four children — Lota Chukwu 
I still respect Funke Akindele – Juliana Olayode 
Zik made me treasurer of his campaign team because he trusted me — Okwor, 81 
Faster, easier ways to diagnose a/c systems
Wike dissolves cabinet
Olubadan against Ajimobi’s chieftaincy law – Ladoja
FRSC, police, Army officers flout traffic laws —Odiboh
Robbers kill one as police tighten security
One dies as army rescues kidnap victim
Police arrest Lagos soldier who worked for Evans, got N6.5m
Man to die by hanging for robbery, rape
Ebonyi gov’s wife orders arrest of policewoman over house-help’s abuse
Communal clash: Police evacuate 117 pupils from Catholic seminary
Ogun police nab two brothers over alleged murder
I can open any vehicle, says dismissed soldier turned car thief
Alaafin supports Akintola
Agitations: Osinbajo in for a rough ride
Paris Club refund: Inadequate funds delay further releases
Insurers target FG’s N350bn capital projects
SMEs capitalisation on NSE hits N11.46bn in three months
EU denies rejecting 24 Nigerian products
Power: Consumers decry high electrocution, unstable supply
Lessons from co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak
Mum loves watching wrestling – Opelope Anointing’s son
Osun win Copa Coca-Cola
Milo b’ball: GSS conquer opponents without ‘David and Goliath’
Confed Cup: Eunisell hails Rivers United
We will extend olive branch to Umar — Ahmedu
Portugal, Mexico advance, Russia out
Fed elections: Aggrieved contestants know fate on Thursday •Ebewele, others may get justice
Divorce rumours trail Patrick, Ireti Doyle
Maths: A nightmare for many pupils
Lagos community where every resident has sad tales of ‘killer’ bus stop
Editorial: Blood insufficiency and healthcare delivery
Punitive bail and the Nigerian criminal courts


At Eid -el -Fitr, Buhari Preaches Peace , Warns against Reckless Statements
Budget : Fashola’s Allegation Stirs up Executive / Legislature Spat
Soludo Heads Ohanaeze Strategy Committee
Mubadala, Etisalat Foreign Directors May Face Criminal Charges over Unpaid Loans
NCC, CBN scramble to save situation, as Vodacom SA, Orange, among others, eye network 
Restructuring Nigeria without Tears
Soludo Heads Ohanaeze Strategy Committee
FG Declares Nigeria Free of Meningitis
Compliance to Procurement Process among Government Agencies Low, Says Oke
Oyo 2019: Akintola Deserves Our Total Support, Says Alaafin
Anambra Election: We’ve Taken Note of Kanu’s Threat, Says IG
Eid-el-Fitr: Tinubu, Govs, Others Advocate Unity, Peace
No Alternative to True Federalism, Experts Insist
Unpatriotic Citizens Clamour for Restructure, Says Senate Deputy Leader
Akwa Ibom Govt Tackles Oil Firm over Tax Evasion
Bello Tasks Media on National Unity
Restructure Nigeria now, Rep tells FG
Amosun Commended for Zoning Gov. Seat to Yewa Awori
Enugu is Open for Business, Gov. Ugwuanyi Tells Investors
OYC: Igbo Political Appointees in Bayelsa Undermining Ohaneze
A’Ibom Secures 30, 000 Tons of Fertilizer to Boost Farming
Fire Fighters Rescue Man Trapped in Deep Well in Ekiti
Edo Govt to Create Ministry of Mining
Lawmaker Calls for Abolishment of Almaljiri System
Melaye: Collated Signatures Not of Kogi West Constituents, Says ODI
C’River Communal Clash: 117 Students Rescued from Catholic Seminary
Amnesty Budget: Ex-militants Laud FG, Warn Against Sponsored Protests
UNN Gets New Geology Dept Building from Platform Petroleum
Amnesty Office Insists on Not Paying Stipends to Students on Scholarship
Accusers of Gov Ishaku Don’t Know the Definition of Genocide, Says Bello
Policewoman Pours Hot Water, Soup on 15-year-old House-help in Ebonyi
Ex-militant Leaders Resolve to Support Buhari’s Peace Initiatives
Idumuje Ugboko Indigenes Petition Governor Okowa
Daily Asset Hits News-stands June 26
No Rift Between Amaechi, Abe, Says Ex-Rivers Deputy Speaker
StillEarth Supports Chidi Kwubiri’s Wanderlust
Life Lesson: Samuel Adedoyin – Use Your Brain to Create Personal Wealth
Our Medium-term Plan is Based on Increasing Revenue
As the Nation Targets Jan-Dec Budget Cycle…
Regulatory Hammer Dangles over Power Discos
Rising Demurs over PENCOM’s Succession Template
Viable Option for Financing Nigeria’s Budget Deficit
Improving Business Environment through Effective Legislation
Abe’s Ambition Responsible for Rivers APC Crisis, Says Party Chief 
The Lagos Model College Kidnap Challenge
A Commendable Southern Unity!
After the Storm…Intrigues as Chagoury Brothers and Alpha Woman, Oyin Adeyemi, Bury the Hatchet
When African Designers Converged on Lagos
Bill Cosby: From Courtroom to Classroom
Still Nifty at Fifty…Goddess of Highlife, Nkiru Anumudu, Hits the Golden Age
Kvitova Reaches First Final Since Stabbing
66 Ex-Militants Undergo Presidential Amnesty Football Screening
Anichebe Joins Beijing Enterprises
Klopp: Salah is an Exciting Signing
Confed Cup: Cameroun Challenge Germany for Semis Spot
Ronaldo helps Portugal into Semis, Russia out
Mimiko: Our Universities are Shamefully Behind their Counterparts in Other Climes
EDITORIAL Pulling Back from The Precipice

The Nation

Quit notice to Igbo is treasonable, says Ohanaeze
Senators, Reps to Fashola: Stop blackmailing us
Evans: Police arrest Army Corporal, other ‘accomplices’
Eid-el-fitri: Buhari preaches peace, unity
Tinubu condemns calls for secession, break-up
Ex-militants at war over plot to remove Buhari’s adviser on amnesty
A budget and its controversies
Moon sighted, Sunday is Eid-el Fitr – Sultan
Ramadan: Yobe orders 12 hours restriction on vehicular movement
Ronaldo, Nani on Target as Portugal Ease to Semi-Final

I need N40m to step into Serena’s shoes – MARYLOVE EDWARDS

NNPC/Shell Cup: Semi-finalists emerge
Ronaldo, Nani on Target as Portugal Ease to Semi-Final
SDB battles vices through basketball
Martins missing in Shenshua victory Ighalo fires blank
Adeoti returns to training after months on sideline
Neymar shows off new hairstyle at charity auction
Rivers: 2019 governorship race divides Amaechi, Abe
Never take politics as a full time job -Ishola
Ripples over Anti-Open Grazing Bill in Taraba
STILLRINGING: We’ve been threatened with hell fire
Nigerian artistes dominate Africa at BET Awards
How to reduce sickle cell patients, by hospital
Burn victim needs N2m for surgery
Firm introduces early cancer detection machine

Robber bags death sentence in Ondo – 
NSCDC arrests motorcycle-snatching syndicate in Nasarawa
Businessman bags one year imprisonment for attempted rape
‘I brought fresh human skull home five years ago’
Two docked for setting woman ablaze
Common reasons visa applications get rejected
Varsity lecturer dismissed for altering results
REA, varsities sign MoU for energizing education Programme
NBC rewards schools’debate winners
ASUU to Ambode: Save LASU before it collapses
Senate targets Ali over unremitted N4trillion Customs revenue
‘I act like a General’
Raging controversy over new petroleum industry bill
Fake wiper blades everywhere: Buyers beware!



Caught In Ibadan Flood Horrors, We Saw Hell, Live And Direct – 30 Students Going For SSCE
Safe Sex And Contraceptives
Why Nigeria Must Not Disintegrate – Martins Adewale
Eagles‘ll Be At 2019 AFCON —Osimhen
Anambra 2017: I Want To Bring Out The Best In My People – Ezeemo, PPA Aspirant
Evans In- Laws Cry Out: ‘He Charmed Our Sister’
Not Only Women Are Feminists, There Are Men Too —Lydia Forson
Keep Your Marriage Off The Internet, Otherwise It Will Destroy It – Uche Ogbodo Papa Twins, Harrysong, Hangs Out With Booty Girls
INEC To Press Ahead With Recall Despite Dino Melaye’s Lawsuit
Onyekuru Will Score Goals In England — Osaze
It Is Time For Nigerian Politicians To Grow-up
Why I Don’t Have Close Friends In Nollywood – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Patrick Doyle, Others For Real Time International Film Festival 2017
Mercy Johnson Steals Show At Benin Glo Laffta Fest As Dep. Gov, Others Attend
20 Ministry Idolatry (II)
Shiites Decry Alleged Attack By Police In Kaduna
QUIT NOTICE: Ohanaeze Bombs Security Forces
Sultan Declares Today Sallah As Buhari Speaks From London
‘I Got N6.5m From Operations’, Says, Lance Corporal, Evans Comrade
Breaking: Sultan Declares End To Ramadan, Sunday Eid-el-Fitr Day
Ohanaeze Accuses Security Agencies Of Working In Tandem For Second Pogrom Against Ndigbo
Married Lovers Are More Adventurous Than Single Ladies When It Comes To Having Affairs – Reader
Conducting The Perfect ‘No-Strings Affair!
Not Only Women Are Feminists, There Are Men Too —Lydia Forson
Let Igbo Leaders Disown Biafra Campaigners To Show Sincerity To Nigeria’s Unity — Kwankwaso
Eid Al-Fitr: Trump Wishes Muslims ‘warm Greetings’
Eagles‘ll Be At 2019 AFCON —Osimhen
Produce Results To Justify Your Election, Urhobo Tells Gusau
Shuaibu Spearheads Bendel Insurance Plot To Return To NPFL
Enyimba Must Improve — Udoh

The Guardian 

NDDC as swirling cesspool of waste
Bayelsa youths want abandoned projects completed, defaulters prosecuted
Ugolor: Development interventions in Niger Delta need to be re-focused
NDDC exists for political patronage, not development – Nsirimovu
Sanchez shows Arsenal his worth
Buhari, Dogara, Tinubu, Ambode, others sue for tolerance, peace, unity at Sallah
Etomi Adesua: Nigeria’s new sweetheart?
Eight dead, five missing after Colombia mine blast
Erdogan says Saudi-led ultimatum on Qatar ‘against international law’
123 dead, more than 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire
Evans: Police arrest Military gang member of notorious kidnapper
Quit order is treason, Ohanaeze insists
Appropriation palaver: NASS replies Fashola
Northern youths urge sack of NSA, IGP, DSS DG
Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion
Messi’s gritty hometown braces for a glam wedding
Confederations Cup: Brave Lozano heads Mexico into semis
Confederations Cup: Ronaldo scores as Portugal reach semi-finals
Kvitova reaches her first grass final since Wimbledon 2014
The Ndigbo question!
Fayose, Melaye and politics of self-help
Federal character delusion and crisis of character
And the anti-corruption war died
India’s Modi in Washington for ‘no frills’ Trump meet
Oyo 2019: Akintola deserves total support, says Alaafin
Osun 2018: The coming preliminary senatorial contest
Ogun 2019: Amosun has written his name in gold – KLM
‘My performance is my quota to the revival of Igbo language’
Behind The Wheels goes to cinemas nationwide
All for women as Hear Word stars celebrities in street theatre
When Biafra, Arewa, Odua, Niger Delta republics got writers talking

The Sun

Evans SHOCKER: Soldier gang member arrested
Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier : Cameroon searches for deadly striker against Super Eagles
We don’t want war
Kalu sues for peace, tolerance
Eid-el-Fitri: Avoid reckless remarks, Buhari tells
Quite notice: Ohanaeze worried over non-arrest of Arewa youths
… Inaugurates advisory committee on economic, political issues 
Tax defaulters risk jail, asset forfeiture — FG
… As Osinbajo unveils reforms Thursday
People call me prostitute – Amanda Ebeye, actress
Silent dangers of high blood pressure
Man killed, as police, armed robbers exchange fire in Ibadan
Ogun 2019: KLM commends Amosun for zoning arrangement
2017 budget: Senate accuses Fashola of favouring S’West
Quit notice: Standoff as Osinbajo’s trouble shooting opens new flanks
Tunde Bakare : Song of a Birdman
FG targets $8bn forex earning from yam export
NPFL: Rivers United compounds 3SC’s woes
• As Akwa United eyes top spot By George Aluo Rivers United yesterday compounded the league woes…
FIFA Confederations Cup : Portugal, Mexico zoom into S/final
The budget and the clowns
Punctuality, a tool for success
What is your tyre pressure? (2)
Most women who cheat never get caught
‘My husband unfair to me in matter of family finance’
Forgotten places men should be touching their women during sex
Padding blues from the Red Chamber
Restructuring for one Nigeria 
Fashola’s claims on 2017 budget misleading – NASS
Man killed, as police, armed robbers exchange fire in Ibadan
EDITORIAL: The Eid-el-Fitri
I’m my own role model – Evelyn Obahor, Broadcaster, Businesswoman

​Abubakar Momoh: It is tough to say goodbye

Abubakar Momoh: It is tough to say goodbye

By Azeez Olaniyan 

Professor Abubakar Momoh delivering a lecture in Lagos

I had two major deadlines to meet and I was working behind schedule. One was a talk I had to present as part of my fellowship at the Rachel Carson Centre in Munich. The other was a contribution to a book chapter. I was in the middle of wrapping up the book chapter and switch to the presentation when the message came, in form of a question: “Have you heard what happened to Prof. Momoh?” Of course, the reply was swift: “What happened to him?” Then the shocker came: “He is dead!” Since I lost my mother in 2002, the news of death of anybody hardly shocks me. But not in the case of Abu. It came as a rude shock. It was devastating.

The paths of Abu and myself crossed in 2007 when he came for my doctoral viva as the External Examiner at the University of Ibadan. But prior to that time, I had been meeting him through his publications. Since the early 1990s, Momoh had become a household name that every serious student of Political Science in Nigeria cannot but come across. So, I was very familiar with his name right from my undergraduate days. As my examiner, he was as thorough and uncompromising as they come. He was a stickler for details and the smallest infraction was met with serious reprimand. A coma wrongly inserted; a semi-colon placed in a wrong place; a spelling error, all constituted a serious offence for Momoh, a demonstration of his academic thoroughness. I learnt great lessons from him within a short time. After the session, I requested for his number, which he gladly gave. Later in the night I sent a text message thanking him for his thoroughness. He replied immediately and I remember vividly the wordings: “You are on your way to the top. Please see me in my hotel room tomorrow morning.” He sent his room number at the UI Guest House. I was there on the dot of time he gave me. He then sat me down and said: “Azeez, you see I was highly impressed with your work. You did a good job and I can see humility in you.

You will go far in this job. Don’t be distracted. I will be travelling to the U.S. for sabbatical in two days’ but make sure you keep in touch.” From that day till his death on May 29, 2017, we were always in touch. We travelled, dined and wined together. We were in the trenches and had a close shave with death in the hands of some murderous Ifaki Youths in the famous 2009 Ekiti Re-run Election. Abu, as he preferred to be called, was a big mentor and inspiration.

I was close to Momoh enough to know that he was a humble scholar, only that he had no patience for pretenders to intellectualism, and neither would he compromise. He valued and respected the canonical and ethical bases of scholarship, and would, in the tradition of Billy Dudley, always demand for evidence before accepting your conclusion. His enthusiasm for knowledge and research was most impressive which also showed in the quality of his publications. He was an articulate scholar and engaging conversationalist, with an excellent command of the English Language.

I will like to elaborate more on the 2009 Ekiti Re-Run saga because some people, out of political bitterness, attempted to rubbish the personality of this great scholar when he was appointed the Director General of the Electoral Institute, on the basis of roles played in the so-called election. Abu and I escaped death by the whiskers. He had just returned from his sabbatical in the U.S. He called me that he would be coming to Ekiti as Election Observer. I told him that I had also registered to participate. He came in a commercial vehicle, arriving a little late. I drove him to the hotel I had booked for him. The following day, which was the election day, we gathered at the JDPC Office at the Catholic Church, Ajilosu, Ado Ekiti, which was the coordination centre for election observers. We were joined by two others- Wahab Oyedokun, a lawyer and son of Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedoku, a chieftain of the PDP in Osun State, and a lady we called Bimbo. We set out in my car. We were assigned to Esure town, close to Ifaki. The election went well. We recorded the results in the sheet provided and set to return to the JDPC Office in Ado. On getting to Ifaki junction, we were stopped by some Mobile Police Officers who searched our vehicles. It was at the point of going when some fierce-looking cutlass-wielding thugs from Ifaki swooped on us and accused us of being agents of Bola Tinubu.

In the presence of the Police, they insisted on searching the car. We obliged. After ransacking the car, they found nothing. But on the verge of releasing us, they saw the result that we had recorded in Esure town. And hell was let loose. I received a couple of heavy punches on my face. Abu was given a chase to a nearby ditch and fell inside. One of the thugs hit him on the head with a bottle. Blood sprouted out. Then, I was bundled inside a bus and driven away. I thought I was going to be killed. But to my surprised the bus was driven to a Police station by Ifaki roundabout. The Police promptly clamped me into a dingy and desultory cell. A few minutes later, Abu was brought in, completely drenched in his own blood. He was also thrown into the cell. He passed out immediately. I had to remove my shirt to fan him, and together with Fouad Oki, who had earlier been detained in the cell, we brought him back to life. Thereafter, Barrister Wahab Oyedokun was brought into the cell, completely stripped naked. He was marched from the junction to the Police cell.

Luckily Bimbo was spared. By that time, the crowd outside the Police cell was baying for blood. Eventually, we were rescued from the station and taken to Ado Police Headquarters, where John Ahmadu, an AIG, who later died in an air crash, ordered us taken to detention without asking any questions, and without any consideration for our health. We got to know later that Ekiti PDP had told the Police that Abu had prepared results in his laptop. The laptop was seized and damaged. Femi Falana and Bishop Ajakaye tried to secure our release but John Ahmadu would not accept.

We were in detention for three days before we were taken to Abuja Police Headquarters where we were eventually released. Our detention had become an embarrassment to the government because of the personality of Abu. We later appeared in court to confirm our ordeals in the hands of political thugs. Eventually, our case became one of the major factors that influenced the judgement of the Court of Appeal. Abu had to travel to the UK to treat himself from the wounds sustained in the hands of the Ifaki thugs. It was indeed a close shave.

Later my name was announced as Chairman, Caretaker Committee of my Local Government. I was away on Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia when the announcement was made. I was not consulted either. Abu and I never liked the idea. He said people would think we used the observer thing as cover for seeking political appointments, and that it would distract me from my academic works. I urged him to call Governor Fayemi to rescind the appointment. I also called on Dr Dele Adetoye, a senior colleague in my department, who was also a classmate of Fayemi to get him change his mind on the appointment. They did get to him, but he insisted on me. Again, the appointment had become a community issue. Since the local government was created in 1976, only three people from my town had headed the council. Thus, the people saw it as the turn of the town to produce a chairman after a long time. At that point, it was practically impossible to turn down. I served for one year; and it was quite an experience for me. But throughout the one year of what I would call a community service, Abu was always monitoring me, telling me not to be distracted and to make an indelible mark. At the end of my tenure, I sent him a detail of my stewardship, and he was quite happy.

The tragedy of Abu’s death is that the good ones are leaving the Ivory Towers. Nigerian universities are fast turning into Professor manufacturing factory where people are elevated not by virtue of any contribution to knowledge but by virtue of number of years spent in the system or by the amount and viciousness of politics played. The more tragedy is that, as he told me, it is the mediocre that are now deciding the fate of the few committed ones. It is the lowering of the standards that constituted part of what Momoh fought seriously against, and which also cost him lots of anguish. His promotion was delayed for more than 15 years until Lagos State House of Assembly had to wade in and compel LASU authorities to announce his Chair!

Abu, you were just too good to be forgotten. You have trained and inspired so many of us across the country and even beyond. We will keep the flag flying. You left behind tonnes of work that will endure, as long as the world exists. It is tough for me to say good bye. And I won’t say it, cos even though you have changed mortality for immortality, yet are still very much alive.

Dr. Olaniyan, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, is currently a Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany.
Culled from The Guardian 

How my girlfriend was used to trap me despite my sophisticated methods- Evans

How my girlfriend caused my downfall —EVANS

One of the palatial mansions belonging to Evans

…The shock of my life

…His different names in different cities

…Denies man, woman who claimed he kidnapped them

…I don’t collect N20m or N10m, he tells them

…I would have been worse if I was well educated

…Why he threatened a victim after collecting $1m ransom

By Ifeanyi Okoli

JUST like a thriller typically involving crime and mystery, the story of arrested Kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, aka, Evans has remained captivating. Like a Hollywood movie with an exciting plot and phenomenal characters, the issue begets interesting and surprising angles each day.

When you think Evans had narrated nearly all his escapades, more sensational and suspenseful narratives would emerge, producing new angles to the most intriguing criminal case in Nigeria’s recent history.

Frankly, only the Lawrence Anini case of the 1980s could rival the Evans episode given that like the former, the latter was also the king of the underworld. Interestingly, the same kind of tragic flaw ended their respective episodes given that women were key to their downfall. At an exclusive encounter with SaturdayVanguard, during the week, Evans pondered on the events leading to his arrest and concluded that visiting his girlfriend, Amaka was the weakness that led to his fall.

An unassuming Evans, whose expression was a mixture of sobriety and impenitence, summarized the pre-arrest events thus: “I f***ked up.”

At the latest meeting with Evans at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, where he is being detained, the Nnewi-born kidnap kingpin made fresh revelations amid regrets about not leaving the country with his family.

I failed to follow my instincts

He told Saturday Vanguard that he knew the Police had identified the area he was living, a discovery he made on May 23, 2017, when the officer-incharge-of the IRT, Abba Kyari, visited Magodo Estate and held a meeting with the Divisional Police Officer and some residents of Magodo Estate.

Evans revealed that one of the residents, who was part of that meeting alerted him to the Police presence in the area. The person, he said, informed him, who the Police were looking for and how they planned to carry out their operation.

Evans said he quickly moved his family out of Magodo and relocated to a hotel in Ikeja. He said his failure to follow his instincts and leave the country immediately, having known that his girlfriends, sister and gang members had been arrested, gave him out.

How my problems started

Narrating the new angles to his story, the Junior Secondary School dropout said: “My problem started on Friday, May 12, 2017, when one of my captives, Mr. Donatus Dunu, a Pharmacist, who I abducted at Ilupeju area of Lagos escaped.

I got a call from one of my boys looking after my victims at my den at 6: am that Mr. Dunu escaped from that den at 4:30 am. They looked for him without success. At that time, I knew trouble had come. The next news I heard was that the Police had visited the place and my AK47 rifles, pistols and over 40 loaded magazines were recovered by the Police.

‘’ I was worried and I called my gang members wanting to know what actually transpired. They all blamed Uche, who was in charge of the den. I told them that I was going to deal with him. At that time, my mind started racing and I was trying to think of what to do because I knew that the Police would come after me with force.

I read a story in Vanguard

“ Five days later, I read a story in Vanguard Newspaper that the IGP had deployed, Abba Kyari and his men to Lagos State, to track my boys and 1 and they have also visited the den, where Mr. Dunu escaped from. That was about the same time they placed a bounty of N30million for information that could lead to my arrest.

Some of my men, who got news started panicking, but I assured them that I was on top of the situation and that the police would not get me. My Second-in-Command, Felix called me and expressed fears, but I assured him that the Police can’t arrest me and I was also making preparations to kidnap one other person.

I then informed him that I would commit suicide rather than allow the Police to arrest me. When Suoyo, who lives in Beyelsa State, called me and expressed fears, I also assured him that nothing was going to happen. I told him I was making plans for another operation and needed him to go into the creeks and buy a new set of arms and ammunition for me.”

The shock of my life

“But in the afternoon of May 23, 2017, I got the shock of my life when a call from a man living in our estate informed me that Abba Kyari and his men, held a meeting with the estate security and the local police. He said they had information that the man kidnapping businessmen in Festac Town and Amuwo Odofin, receiving $1million as ransom from his victims was residing in Magodo Estate.

The man also informed me that the estate and the Police have agreed to shut one of the gates leading into the estate to enable them to track me down through the vehicle I was using.

He also told me that some of Abba Kyari’s men would disguise as LAWMA officials cleaning the streets and some of them would operate as PHCN staff to enable them to have access to people’s home within the state. The man, who gave me this information didn’t know that I was the one who the Police were looking for. I quickly moved my family out of the house and we relocated to a hotel in Agidingbi, Ikeja, where we started planning on how to relocate to Ghana.

I buy my cars from Beger Motors

“While at the hotel, my mind wasn’t at rest, I didn’t know where the Police would be launching attacks from. I was on hyper-alert and I started thinking of how to make sure the Police didn’t get me.

I quickly sold my Lexus SUVs because from the information I gathered from the man who called me, I learnt the Police were looking for a man, who drives a black and silver coloured Lexus SUVs. Then I got someone to move my mother out of Nnewi because I believed the Police may go after her and would want to use her to lure me.

While I was making these plans, news came in that my Second-in-Command, Felix had been arrested by the Police. Someone from Berger Motors on Oshodi Apapa Expressway where we normally buy our vehicles called and informed me that the Police operatives picked him up at their park.

I trusted Felix so much because he wouldn’t divulge any information about me to the Police. He had told me on countless occasions, that no matter the amount of torture he receives from the Police that he would not divulge any information about our activities.

My girlfriend, Ijeoma

‘’ While I was still contemplating on what to do next, I received another call from one of my girlfriends, Ijeoma, who I was so fond of. She said she wanted to see me. Immediately, I had this feeling that the Police had arrested her.

I told her that she could not see me because I knew she was with the Police, then I dropped the call. I was very worried and needed to hasten our journey out of Nigeria. I planned to travel with my entire family to Canada but the Canadian Embassy refused to grant me a visa.

So we decided to move to Ghana where I have three houses so we could apply for Canadian visa from Ghana. Two days later, Ijeoma’s twin sister who lives in the east called and informed me that her sister called from the Police station that she was arrested because of me and the Police wanted her to bring the sum of N200,000 as a bribe for her bail. I told her the Police were only deceiving her because the matter at hand was beyond N200,000 bribe.

My instructionto my boys

‘’I asked her to look for a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who could stand for her. I also told her to look for someone who knows the Inspector General of Police, so they can take her case to him. I told her that with such pressure the Police will release her because she didn’t commit any offence that would warrant her arrest.

A few days after that, the Police swooped on my younger sister, Nzube and her husband and they took them to the Police station. I didn’t know how they did it, but I called their numbers for two days and they were switched off.

It was then that I suspected that they have been arrested. Immediately I called my mother in Bayelsa State and told her that the people chasing me had apprehended my sister and her husband. Luckily my sister has never been to my house in Magodo Estate, it would be difficult for her to lead the Police to my place. I became confused. I didn’t know what to do.

For me, I knew I was secured because I know how security agents track their targets but I was scared of my boys some of whom didn’t know how to secure themselves. I sent messages to some of my boys alerting them that security operatives were clamping down on us and they should all be careful. I asked them to stop sleeping in their houses and I also gave them tips on how to stay secured.

My girlfriend, Amaka

‘’One week before my arrest, one of my girlfriends, Amaka, who lives in Okota called me and demanded money. I asked her what she needed money for and she said there was no food in her house, adding that her children were hungry. I was surprised and suspected something must be wrong because I gave her N25, 000 for feeding two days before she made that call. I asked her about the money I gave her earlier, she said she had spent it. From that point, I suspected something was wrong.

Then I switched off the phone she was calling me with. I had one special phone. Whenever the phone is switched off I will receive messages from her asking why my phone was switched off and she would be begging me to come and see her. At one point I called her mother and told her that I was suspecting that something was wrong with Amaka.

I asked her to visit her house to confirm. Her mother sent someone there and after spending about two hours with her, I was informed that she was alright but she only needed money and they gave her N3000. That confirmed something was wrong. Amaka is the one that gives them money, not the other way round. They couldn’t be giving Amaka N3,000 because I know what I give to her.

I became very drunk

‘’That singular action confirmed my suspicions that policemen were with her. I called her and told her that I had a feeling that there were policemen with her and they were trying to use her to arrest me but she denied. I asked her to give the phone to her children one after the other and asked them if there was any stranger in their house.

They all said there was none. I wasn’t convinced because I knew how the Police do their job and how they think. I also knew that for a high-profile target like me, the Police will do everything possible to get at me. A few days later, my wife and children left for Ghana. Amaka was still calling and begging me to send money to her. The night before my arrest, I lodged in a hotel in Okota, close to her house and I could not sleep.

I was busy drinking all night and I became very drunk. At 4:am I summoned the courage to see her. Her house is close to the road. When I got close to her gate, I stopped on the road and called her, when she picked I asked her not to drop her phone. I said she should stay on the call and meet me outside. She came bare-footed and was still on the call.

I opened the door, she came in and I drove off with her. When we got far from the house, I took her phone and switched it off. I asked the identity of the people in her house but she said there was nobody in the house. I became angry, held her neck and I tried to kill her. She screamed and confessed that the policemen had been with her in the past one week and they were trying to use her to lure me. Instantly I pushed her out of my car and I zoomed off.

I was stupid

‘’While at Iyana-Ipaja, I saw some vehicles trailing me seriously and thought that they were policemen. At a point, I lost control of the vehicle and rammed it against a culvert on the expressway. I quickly abandoned the car and took a trycicle to where I could get a cab that could take me to my hotel. While in the hotel, I decided it was over and I needed to leave the country as soon as possible. At 7:am I checked out of the hotel and called someone to pick the car from where I left it. I took another taxi home.

While in the house, I called an Uber taxi driver to come and pick me from the house. The driver was to take me from my house to Seme Border, where I would connect to Ghana, but while in the house and I was packing my things into the Uber taxi, the police showed up at my place and arrested me. I regretted going to see Amaka .

I knew Amaka was used to hunt me down, but I was stupid, I f**ked up. Going to see Amaka was my biggest mistake. It made me fall. It brought my downfall. I ought to have been at the front of that vehicle that took my family to Ghana.”

How I beat security operatives

When SaturdayVanguard inquired from Evans on how he was able to evade arrest during his reign, he said he knew the dangers associated with kidnapping. Evans revealed that he maintained multiple identities, adding that he ensured there were no pictures of him in circulation.

He said: ‘’I beat security operatives over the years because my system is a sensor that detects problems. I don’t use charms of any kind but I developed the ability to detect danger since my early days as an armed robber. That was why I was able to know that the Police were close to me even when they haven’t informed me. I don’t snap pictures. In fact, I don’t have any picture. Nobody on earth had my picture before now. Even those who are very close to me don’t have my picture.

I don’t snap pictures

‘’My mother doesn’t have my pictures. My wife and siblings don’t have them as well. My pictures are not in my house and that made it difficult for security agents to apprehend me because they don’t know how I look like. Another issue you may have to take into consideration is the fact that I have numerous names for different people. My wife knows me as Somtochukwu, while all my girlfriends knew me as Mike. My neighbors at Gowon Estate knew me as George.

‘’I was also known as Sunny in Benin while in Portharcourt, I was known as Richard. These are the reasons it was difficult for policemen to track and arrest me. No one has my pictures and the names I bear in Lagos weren’t the names I had in other states. Ifeanyi (calling our reporter’s name), I would have been worse than this if I had proper education. With education, I could have done worse things and be elusive. But thank God it’s over and I have been stopped.

I don’t collect ransom abroad

‘’ I don’t give bank account to my victims because it could be traced. Whoever made the allegations that he paid part of his ransom in South Africa isn’t sincere. I would have been arrested and they should bring the account number they paid the money into. The Interpol can trace the account and know the owner. I collect my ransom in Nigeria and after collecting it, I also do not travel abroad. I usually ask the people keeping my victims to tell them that I have traveled abroad. I usually call my victims’ relatives with my satellite phones and inform them that I was out of the country. This would make them relax a little and after some time, I will ask my boys to release the victims and drop them where they could locate their people.”

I was fair to my victims

Evans further disclosed that he treated his victims fairly, adding that the only wrong things he did were to chain, blindfold and detain his victim for months. He said he was doing these because he wanted his victims to meet his demand.

He added that the only victim, who he treated wrongly was Mr. Cosmos Ojukwu, who he said he collected an extra sum of $200,000, from after receiving an initial payment of $1million.

Evans said he threatened Ojukwu into paying the additional ransom of $200,000 because members of his family paid the $1million he demanded swiftly without wasting time.

He said: “After he paid the $1million I demanded swiftly than I expected more. I informed him while he was being released that I would be collecting another ransom from him. I told him he would have to pay me an additional $200,000 because the $1 million he gave me earlier were in old currencies. I asked him to bring my balance.

He felt I was joking, then I informed him that I was not just going to kidnap him again, but would hunt his entire family. He panicked and called me that he had raised the money. I asked him to bring the money to Awka. When he got there I asked him to lodge in a hotel, he obeyed me. At night I asked to bring the money to where I was. He obeyed me and paid me the money. From that time I left him alone.’’
Culled from Vanguard 

​Rivers commissioner resigns 24 hours after sack of colleague

Rivers commissioner resigns 24 hours after sack of colleague

By Kelvin Ebiri, Port Harcourt | 

The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Austin Tam-George, has resigned from Governor Nyesom Wike’s government.

His resignation came barely 24 hours after Wike relieved the Commissioner of Works, Bathuel Harrison, of his appointment.

George, who assumed office on December 9, 2015, in a letter dated June 23, this year and directed to Wike, announced that he was leaving the state executive council.

The letter read in part: “I wish to resign my appointment as commissioner for Information and Communication with effect from today, June 23, 2017.

“I have handed over officially to the Director of Administration of the ministry. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the state.”

Though George did not specify the reason for his resignation, The Guardian gathered that the governor was planning to overhaul his cabinet ahead of the 2019 general elections and the commissioner might have been affected.

It is not clear if Wike asked George, who hails from Okrika Council and is not a politician, to resign or not.

But sources said the governor was due to overhaul his cabinet and bring on board persons who could aid his second term bid.

Source: The Guardian 

DSS uncovers plot to bomb praying grounds during Eid-el-Fitr

Eid-el-Fitr: DSS uncovers plan to bomb praying grounds
Seizes eight Ak – 47 riffles , 20 fully loaded Ak – 47 magazines , 27 hand grenades, 797 rounds of ammunition

Olusola Fabiyi , Abuja

The Department of State Services said it had uncovered a plan by suspected terrorists to stage series of coordinated attacks using explosives on different cities across the country during the Eid – el – Fitr .

It said the aim of the suspected terrorists was to hit on soft targets such as markets , public parks , public processions, recreation centres , as well worship areas during the Sallah celebration.

The agency said that the plan by the suspected terrorists was to unleash mayhem on Kano, Sokoto , Kaduna and Maiduguri .

A director with the agency , Mr . Nnana Nnochiri, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Friday, however , said Nigerians should not worry about the planned attacks , saying that they had been nipped in the bud .

Nnochiri said , “ In the past few weeks , this service has uncovered a sinister plot by terrorist elements to stage series of coordinated attacks using explosives on different cities across the country.

“ Their aim was to hit on soft targets such as markets , public parks , public processions, recreation centres , as well as worship centres especially the Eid Praying grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming Eid – el – Fitr Sallah celebrations . ”

Consequently , Nnochiri said that the service had arrested two suspects in connection with the foiled planned attacks .

He mentioned the names of the suspects as Yusuf Adamu and Abdumuminu Haladu , who he said were arrested in the early hours of Friday, in Sokoto .

He said that Adamu and his accomplice were to command the operation in Kano.

However , he said that the service had earlier arrested the suspected facilitator of the Kano attack , Bashir Mohammed .

Nnochiri, who described the suspect as an explosive expert, said that he ( Mohammed) was arrested at Unguwar Barnawa , Shekar Madaki , Kumbatso Local Government Area of Kano State on Tuesday .

“ Their plan, together with others now at large , was to assemble the explosives and use them on select targets during the Eid – el – Fitr Celebrations , ” Nnochiri added .

He said when the service conducted a search at the residence of Mohammed in Kano, different ammunitions and weapons were found .

He listed the items as eight AK – 47 rifles, 20 fully loaded AK – A7 magazines , 27 hand grenades, 793 ) rounds of live ammunition , one gas cylinder and three laptops .

Others are one phone, one Lifan motorcycle , one Honda Civic Car and one printer .

Nnochiri said that the service had also uncovered plans by the terrorist elements to infiltrate the ranks of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria , a . k . a . Shiites.

He said this was an attempt to assume a formidable cover to unleash violence and evoke a complete state of chaos in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja during the group ’ s Qudus Day Procession /Rally scheduled for Friday in and several states in the northern parts of the country.

He called on the members of the set “ to desist from staging any form of procession or demonstration as the terrorists will seize the opportunity to unleash mayhem. ”

He also called on the members of the public to disregard the antics of “ these terrorist extremists to cause a breakdown of law and order and instil fear in the populace. ”

Nnochiri assured the public that the DSS was working , in concert with other security agencies , to ensure that no section of the “ country is attacked during and after the Sallah celebrations . ”

He called on law abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear of attack , adding that the service would engage all stakeholders to ensure a hitch- free Eid – el – Fitr festival across the country.

He , nevertheless, called on the members the public to remain very vigilant before , during and after the Sallah celebrations .

He equally appealed to people with useful information regarding suspicious movements and faces as well as unusual activities of criminals and terrorists around their neighbourhoods , to immediately avail same to the service or the nearest security agency .

Source: The Punch

​Lagos State to add scrabble to schools’ curriculum

Lagos State to add scrabble to schools’ curriculum
Adetona Odukomaiya , Technical Director of the Lagos State Scrabble Association, on Friday said plans were underway to add scrabble to schools ’ curriculum in the state .

Odukomaiya told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association had been working closely with the State Ministry of Education to ensure its implementation .

“ We have introduced scrabble as a game in all schools in Lagos state . We are now adding scrabble to the schools ’ curriculum in the state .

“ We have coaches who go into the schools to train the students every day . Scrabble is all about English Language and introducing it will increase the vocabulary of the students .

“ It will also make them much more aware of English words and help them in their final result in English language in WAEC examinations and others.

“ It is also going to open up the students to the advantage of playing scrabble , such as getting scholarships , ’’ he said .

Odukomaiya described the state as the hub of scrabble in Nigeria , adding that the state was working hard to produce the next world champion .

He expressed hope that the Lagos Classic would be held later this year or in 2018 .

NAN reports that the state won the 2017 Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship .