On his return, Evans joined the gang headed by Chyna, a Warri kidnap and armed robbery kingpin, who masterminded the abduction of billionaires, including Uyi Technical, Dan Odete, Josephine Anenih, Tomline and Young Shall Grow Motor founder, Chief Vincent Obianodo, whose attempted kidnap led to the death of Chyna and two other gang members.
Evans established his gang, whose members neither knew his house nor his telephone number. His reign of terror saw landlords in Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin on the outskirts of Lagos State abandoning their homes and relocating to the island for fear of being targeted.
Evans led the gang to kidnap 53-year-old Mbarikatta Uboma around 11am on June 16, 2012, while the victim, who arrived from Hungary, was being driven to his residence in a Toyota Camry, 2010 model by his brother. Evans’ gang driving a passat car, was said to have double-crossed the family and pulled them to a halt, kidnapped and blindfolded Mbarikatta and whisked him away to an unknown location.
Initially, they demanded for a ransom of N10million but settled for N2million after keeping their victim for three days. They collected Uboma’s personal effects before dropping him off at Okota.
Another victim on their list of kidnap was the Director of Ocean Glory Commodities in Apapa, Lagos State, Paul Cole, aged 34, from Ohafia in Abia State was kidnapped on August 3, 2012, at Festac Town together with the firm’s General Manager, Jude Ugoje and a worker, Piriye Gogo.
They were taken to an unknown destination by members of Evans’ gang and were released on August 6, after N5million ransom was paid around Maza-Maza on the outskirt of Lagos State.
A Labanese, Mohammed Jamal, 22, also fell victim to the gang on August 19, 2012 at Ajah. He was blindfolded and whisked away by three armed men. He was released after N7million was collected at Ojo Barracks.
Kingsley Nwokenta, 34, was kidnapped on September 19, 2012 along Marwa Road, Satelite Town. He paid N1.5million and the victim was dropped off at Apple Junction, Amuwo-Odofin in Lagos metropolis.
Leo Abraham, 58, was kidnapped on August 20, 2012. He secured his release after paying N5million. He was later dropped off along Badagry Road, Lagos.
A trader, Uche Okoroafor, was whisked away in 2015 and held captive for three months until his family paid $1million.
Chief James Uduji was picked up close to his Seventh Avenue, Festac Town residence. He was detained for six weeks. The gang collected $1million.
Chief Raymond Okoye was kidnapped in 2015 and was detained for two months until his relatives raised $1million.
Another businessman, Elias Ukachukwu was kidnapped in November 2015. He paid $1million. But the kidnappers refused to release him after collecting the initial ransom.
They later demanded another $1million on the grounds that the victim’s relatives were rude to them. Ukachukwu stayed in their den for several months and it is unclear how and when he regained freedom.
Aspanda, a Trade Fair businessman Cosmas Ojukwu, 45, was kidnapped in January 21, 2016 at Festac Town. The amount and manner of his release remain unclear.
Francis Umeh, an Aspanda auto dealer was kidnapped in July, 2016 at Raji Rasaki Estate, Ago Palace Way, Okota. He spent two months in kidnapper’s den and paid an undisclosed amount of dollars.
Evans and his gang met their waterloo with the kidnap of billionaire Pharmacist, Innocent Duru, who they wanted to kill after collecting a ransom.
The victim was with the kidnappers at an address at 21, Prophet Asaye Close, New Igando in Lagos State for over five months. He eventually escaped and gave the police the information which led to the busting of the gang.
Evans who is still currently in police detention hails from Nnewi, the second largest city in Anambra State.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION and REVELATIONS ON EVANS…
- Suspect used N4.6m phones to frustrate arrest.
The sister was said to have been arrested after her number was identified as one of the contacts in Evans’ special SIM card.
According to Punch Newspaper, 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 N2.4m and N2.6m respectively – with anti-tracking features to frustrate his arrest.
The Newspaper reports that Evans 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 $1m 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 (9mm) 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 N4.6m. 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.”
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.