Must Read : How Notorious kidnapper Evans made over N2billion in 2015 from kidnapping

Before his arrest last week Saturday, Evans, was described as Nigeria most notorious, high profile kidnapper and the richest in Nigeria. His arrest last week elicited joy at the Force Headquarters, Kam Salem House, Abuja, and the Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos

Ogechi Amadi  is the woman who rented the house and cooks for Evans and his victims.

 Evans, whose real name is Chukwudi Odumeme Onuamadike, aged 36, and hails from Umudim Village, Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State has been involved in the kidnap of high profile individuals across the country. 

For over five years, he has remained the prime target of the Police. But the more they hunt him, the more elusive he becomes or so it seems. 

His name is Evans, one of the richest men in Nigeria but at the moment, the most wanted kidnap­per in the country. His criminal outreach and operational methods have so far dwarfed security agen­cies. In the police circle, as soon as news of high profile kidnap in La­gos is reported, they would simply scream “Evans, Oh Evans.”

Welcome to the world of Evans, ostensibly Nigeria’s most wanted kidnapper who raked in over N2 billion from payment of ransom for his wealthy victims last year alone. His list of victims is endless. 

One of them is Sir James Uzo­chukwu Uduji, the Chairman of Comet Star Manufacturing Com­pany, who spent six weeks in cap­tivity before met the gang’s ransom demand. 

Udoji was abducted by unknown gunmen in front of his residence at 7th Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos on September 7, 2015. He was re­leased after six weeks in captivity. His abductors were said to have laid ambush for him at 72nd Junc­tion along 7th Avenue at a bad portion of the road, close to his residence. The hoodlums shot the driver and drove off with Uduji to an unknown destination.

Though he vehemently refused to mention the amount that was paid to his captors, he however, maintained that “their demands were met.” He gave this piece of advice to anybody who falls victim of kidnapping to cooperate with their abductors instead of risking their precious lives which cannot be bought with money.

Uduji’s abduction went viral when the amount requested as ran­som became knowledge of the me­dia. His abductors had requested for $1million US dollars which naira value was put at N220 million as at the time he was being held.

An indigene of Anambra State, Evans as he is known by his as­sociates became more involved in criminality, shortly after he was re­leased from prison in 2011.
Some of his colleagues who were arrested by the Police, re­called the moments they shared with him while he was in Anam­bra prison. According to them, he was always exchanging notes with other inmates on how they were ar­rested while he plotted his return.

He made contacts and as soon as he was granted bail, Evans jumped bail and joined a gang in Anam­bra. He grew in ranks, and made a lot of money until he was able to form his own gang. He widened his reach between Lagos and Anambra States and at the end of each opera­tion, travel to Ghana till the Police stops searching for him.

Severally, he had relocated to Ghana when Anambra, his home state became too hot for him to operate. Government and the Po­lice in Anambra State were said to have launched a manhunt for him and one of his colleagues, known as Hutch-man, when their activi­ties became too unbearable. Their buildings were destroyed and their relatives were ostracised in the so­ciety.

While in Ghana, Evans and Hutch-man formed a new gang in Lagos with three others. Their modus operandi was to sneek into the country quietly, carry out some kidnappings and disappear into thin air.

 No one noticed his activities un­til in 2013 after a prominent trans­porter, Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of The Young Shall Grow Motors narrowly escaped death when his convoy was attacked by some gun­men in Festac Town. The police ar­rested some suspects who revealed the motive behind the attack.

In August 27, 2013, Chief Obianodo was attacked by some gunmen in Festac Town. The attack left four persons dead including two of the gunmen, a police officer and Obianodo's driver while the billionaire sustained bullet wounds.

According to this March 28, 2015 crime report by The Vanguard, the suspects disclosed that the 
attack on Chief Obianodo which many speculated to be an assassination attempt, was actually an attempted kidnap foiled by his police guards. 

“They had expected the policemen guarding the chief to run for cover when they accosted them and opened fire on his convoy. But surprisingly, a policeman guarding the Chief put up a fight and engaged the kidnappers in a shoot-out, killing two at the spot while one other died before they fled,” police sources explained. 

 He is so smart that none of his gang members that were arrested has information about him except that his name is Evans and they refer to him as ‘my lord’ while they are not allowed to know much about him.

One of Evans gang members who knew little about him was Chukwuma Kingsley, 34, a native of Isele-Ukwu in Delta State. Kingsley was arrested in connection with the kidnap of two oil moguls in Lagos state.

During his confession at the police station, Kingsley claimed that he knew Evans as a dangerous criminal.

 “We once lived in the same building many years ago and he was a notorious drug baron. At a time, we forced our landlord to evict him from our building because we were scared he could get us into trouble. There was a time he told me that he was going to leave the country to avoid being arrested by the police. But few months later, I learnt he was arrested for truck diversion and taken to prison.

‘’I was still doing my taxi job and making little money from it. Suddenly, I received a call from Evans. I was sur­prised he had my phone number and he asked if I had a car, I told him I didn’t and he asked if I could get someone I trusted who could do a job for him, I said yes. My friend Ike was in the coun­try then and he was driving a Toyota Sienna space bus. I took him to Evans and we met at Festac Town.
“He told us to trail a car for him and he would pay us N3 million. We agreed and he said we should wait for his call. Two weeks later, he called and said we should drive down to Trade Fair Com­plex, wait under the bridge and look out for a car. He gave us the registration number and colour of the car. He also gave our numbers to somebody who would call and tell us when our target would leave his shop.

“We parted ways with him, because after the deal, he collected N15mil­lion and only gave us N3million. Ike got angry because that wasn’t the agreement. He told me that Evans col­lected N15million as ransom. He is a graduate and very smart,” Kingsley revealed.

Police sources described Evans as the most notorious kidnapper operating in Lagos at the moment, stating that he has over 20 boys working for him in Lagos alone. The source added that Evans could easily pick out his targets as he is very rich with properties in choice areas in Lagos. “He displays lots of wealth. He has properties in Lekki and Ajah and he drives expensive cars around town making it possible for him to blend easily with the rich in the society. When he picks out a victim, he sends a team to monitor the movement of that victim.
When he thinks it’s ripe for him to strike, he would deploy another team to attack and kidnap his victim. 

After carrying out their operation, they usually blindfold their victims after which they are taken to unknown destinations within the state where they are detained and ransoms are demanded before their release. After their freedom, the victims are warned never to alert the police or members of their families would be attacked.

Endless list of victims 
Saturday Sun investigation revealed that Evans and his gang still have in their custody, three prominent Nigeri­ans abducted from Amuwo Odofin and Festac area.

Elias Unachukwu was kidnapped in November 2015. Although the family had paid $1million, he is yet to be re­leased as his abductors are insisting on another $1million claiming that family members were rude to them during negotiation.

The second per­son, Ojukwu Cosmas, 45, who sells Toyota parts at Aspanda trade fair market, Ojo area, was abducted on January 21, 2016 at Festac Town.

The latest was Fidel Umeh, an auto spare parts dealer at Aspanda market who was kidnapped Janu­ary 28, 2016 at Amuwo Odofin and his family is still negotiating with his abductors.

While the three are still in their abductors den, Evans and his group have successfully ripped off sever­al families in Festac town including James Udoji, a successful industri­alist who reportedly parted with $1million to regain his freedom. Shortly after he was released in September, 2015, Chief Raymond Okoye Odu na Ichida  was picked up and was said to have paid $1million to his cap­tors after spending two months with them. Another victim was Uche Okoroafor, a trader at Alaba market who also parted with $1mil­lion to regain his freedom after spending three months in captivity.

One of the friends of Okorofar who spoke with Saturday Sun at his residence lamented that he had to relocate from Festac to Lekki.

 “This is no longer a joke. The police are no longer interested in what happens in Festac Town or Amuwo Odofin. It is now reserved for the average citizen and crimi­nals. Nobody knows who will be the next target. For now, Lekki or Ikeja is safe because that crook and his group know that houses in Lekki and Ikeja are well protected. They will not risk showing their faces here and most importantly, this is the area where important people live and I know that if such a gang dares this area, the police will do everything to arrest them.

“Can’t you remember that Go­dogodo was arrested because he attacked them? In 2015 alone, not less than 20 prominent men were kidnapped in Festac Town. Prop­erties are very cheap in Festac now because no rich man wants to buy property there again”, he said.

Another resident who owns a four star hotel in Festac said that he had since relocated out of the country.

“Three of my regular cus­tomers were picked up in front of my hotel while they were leaving. One of them spent two months in their net and had to auction his properties just to raise $1million ransom. It means that their infor­mant normally visits the hotel. I am not safe there, so I run my business from the US”, he said. 
A police source disclosed that “in 2015 alone, it is estimated that Evans and his gang made nothing less than N2 billion from ransom payments. That is why he has so much money to work with.”

 On Evans’ nefarious activities, it was gathered that as far back as 2014, the Lagos command had been on his trail after members of his gang were arrested. He was said to have fled to South Africa with his wife and children.He resurfaced again in March 2015 and this time around, con­centrated his effort on Festac Town which has as its landlords, most successful businessmen from the eastern part of Nigeria. Gradually, rich men were silently picked up and Festac town gradu­ally degenerated into an easy route for Evans and his gang.

Other victims include 

 Mbarikatta William Uboma, 35, kidnapped June 16th, 2012, at about 11am, on his arrival from Hungary, while he was close to his house. He was in the company of his brother, on their way from the airport, when another car emerged and blocked theirs. They grabbed Uboma, blindfolded him and forcefully abducted him – he was taken to an unknown destination. They later demanded a ransom of N10M. However, N2M was later paid while they collected other personal accessories. He was finally dropped at Okota on the third day.

 Paul Cole, 34, from Ohafia in Abia State. A Director with Ocean Glory Commodities, Apapa, he was kidnapped on August 3rd, 2012, at Festac Town, together with his General Manager, Jude Ugoje, and another staff, Piriye Gogo, and taken to an unknown destination. They demanded for N10M. On August 6th, 2012, they collected N5M ransom at Maza-maza, before letting their victim off the hook.

 Mohammed Jamal, 22, a Lebanese, was kidnapped on August 19, 2012, at Ajah by three armed men, taken away and blindfolded. N7M ransom was later paid at Ojo Barracks.

 Kingsley Nwokenta, 34, was kidnapped on September 19, 2012, at Mile two under bridge, after he left Lebanana Bar, in Festac. Later, he paid N1.5M ransom while they made away with his black Toyota Venza and other accessories.

 Anthony Ozoanidobi, 41, was kidnapped on October 10th, 2012, along Marwa Road Satellite town. Ransom of N1.5M was paid after which he was released at Apple junction, Amuwo-Odofin

 Leo Abraham 58, was Kidnapped on August 20, 2012. He paid ransom of N5M and was later released along Badagry road, Lagos.

. Ojukwu Cosmas, 45, sells Toyota parts at Aspanda Trade fair. He was kidnapped on January 21, 2016, at Festac town. It was not clear when and how he was released.

The last Victim is Mr Danatus Dunu he was kidnapped in Ilupeju February 2017 and fortunately the man escaped from the Igando House where Evans kept him with his boys last month.

 Dunu,  a wealthy owner of a pharmaceutical company at Ilupeju, Lagos, escaped miraculously from the hideout where they kept him for months. He was abducted in front of his office in Ilupeju, on February 14, 2017, after he closed for the day, by gun-totting young men who blocked his car with their SUV and threw him into the booth of the car. Members of his family later paid about N150m to effect his release. But the kidnappers insisted on getting N500m.   They threatened to kill their victim if the full ransom was not paid.

 Luckily,   few weeks after the payment of the ransom and their consistent threat to kill their victim, Dunu miraculously escaped from their hideout at Igando, a suburb of Lagos. He, thereafter, alerted security agents who swung into action and started rounding up members of the gang. information made available to Sunday  Vanguard by very dependable sources suggested that efforts of the police paid off on  Friday  night, after they were able to locate Evans’ where  about, using sophisticated communication gadgets provided by the Inspector-General of Police. Police sources hinted that while almost all police formations in the country were on red alert trying to locate the notorious kidnap kingpin, the Inspector-General of Police, who was visibly angry with the delay, sent three special teams attached to his office down to Lagos to complement the efforts of those on ground.

 EVANS and his gangs keep their victim kidnapped in Lagos Area at House No. 21 Prophet Asaye Close New Igando, Lagos State until the ransom is paid to him. Ransom money are paid to him in Millions of Dollars, some victims are kept for upward of six to seven months until the last penny is paid. He never reduces his tagged ransom money. None of his gang members know his house.


In every kidnap attack he has a separate armed group that kidnapped victim with him and has another armed group who takes over the victim to their hideouts and prevent them from escaping. 

The members of the two ‘2’ groups don’t know each other. They complied with Evans instructions.

EVANS, and the dreaded Vampire who died during a gun duel with the Police Special Forces led by IRT and Imo State Police Command in a forest in River State early this year are axis of evil in kidnappings in Southern Nigeria States and some Northern State. 

 PROPERTIES OWNS BY CHUKWUDI DUMEME ONUAMADIKE a.k.a EVANS: He has two (2) Mansions in Magodo GRA Phase 2 worth about three hundred million naira (N300,000,000). 

He also has two (2) House in the Highbrow area of Accra City in Ghana among many other properties such as exotic cars, expensive watches, Jewelries e.t.c, he bought from the ransom.


i. Felix Chinemerem 36yrs Native of ArichukwuOhafia LGA of Abia State second in command of Evans.

ii. Nwosu Chikodi Chukwuma aka Sudo 42yrs, 3rd in Command to Evans. He has over 20yrs experience in Armed robbery and about 8yr experience in Kidnapping.

iii. Uchechukwu Amadi Native of Anambra State longtime Evans Boy and head of the detention Camp in Igando.

iv. Ogechi Amadi is the woman who rented the house and cooks for the Kidnappers and their victims in the camp.

v. Suoyo Paul aka Nwana 42yrs Native of Bayelsa States Gang member and Supplier of Rifles and Ammunitions to Evans.

vi. IkennaEmeka 28yrs Native of Anambra State.

 During interrogation and preliminary investigation, Evans and his Gangs confessed to all the kidnappings linked to them and make confessional statements to the various roles they played in the commission of the crimes. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation.

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