Two of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, gang members have been sentenced to to 41 years in prison each for kidnapping and armed robbery by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos yesterday.
The convicts, Kelvin Emenike Ukoh (32) and Emeka Obasi (33) were sentenced after been found guilty of the kidnap of one Mr. Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and Miss Piriye Gogo, on August 3, 2012 about 9 p.m, and collecting the sum of N5milllion after initially demanding N10million, an operation which was reportedly masterminded by Evans.
The gang abducted a 34-year-old Director with Ocean Glory, Paul Cole, who hails from Ohafia in Abia State, at Festac Town, alongside his General Manager, Jude, and Gogo, and were taken to an unknown destination by Evans from where they demanded ransom.
The two convicts were arrested by the police in 2013 and the case has been in court. In 2013 they were first tried alongside three others – Uche Igbani (28), Chibuzor Osuagwu (33) and a 36-year-old woman, Onowu Ngozi – on a 14-count charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.
The state prosecuting counsel, Mrs. K. O. Sarumi, told the court that the convicts abducted the victims at gunpoint at while on her way home.
Narrating her ordeal, one of the victims, Gogo told the court that three men ambushed them with rifles on their way home and she was almost raped inside the car, but was saved by her monthly menstruation.
After listening to them, the trial judge, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively, while the other three were discharged and acquitted by court.
The judge held that the prosecution could not prove that those acquitted Igbani, Osuagwu and Ngozi were linked to the alleged charges of murder, conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery.
Both suspect were then sentenced to 41 years in prison each by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.