Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court today sentenced billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

The duo were accused of conspiring and abducting Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge.

According to NEWS BAND, the judge in a landmark judgement, held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers.

CITY LAWYER recalls that Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court had last February sentenced Evans and his accomplices – Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu – to life imprisonment over the kidnapping of Mr Donatius Dunu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Donatus Dunu was kidnapped on February 14, 2017, and a ransom of €223,000 was collected from his family.

The judge, however, discharged and acquitted the other co-defendants: Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, formerly a soldier; and Victor Aduba, also an ex-soldier.

The court said there was no evidence linking them to the crimes.

More details soon.

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