Mr. Stephen Onwuamadike, the father of recently nabbed billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudi Dumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, has revealed that he lives in abject poverty and he never knew that his son had become so wealthy through illegal means.
According to the man, the last time he set his eyes on his son was in 2008 at which time he advised him to stay away from illegal means of acquiring wealth.
Speaking to newsmen, Evans father alleged that it was his mother who misled him and that she has been manipulating Evans since he was three years old.
“My son is a good boy, but his mother misled him”, he said.
Mr. Onwuamadike further disclosed that he used to be very wealthy but Evans’ mother caused of his downfall and left him with nothing.
His present wife and her son also accused Evans’ mother of being the person behind Evans’ predicament. They described Evans as a good and loving son who was only under the negative influence of his mother.
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Mr. Stephen Onwuamadike told New Telegraph that he has not been able to sleep since he received the phone call informing him that his son has been apprehended, pleading with the Federal Government to forgive Evans.
Onwuamadike said Evans’ real name is Chukwudumeje. He alleged that Evans is being spiritually manipulated by his ex-wife.
“I was devastated when I heard the news through a telephone call; since that call, I had not been able to sleep. I believe in a straight forward and honest life.
“If I noticed someone is not honest, I run away from the person. When my business was thriving, I did business with white people.
“I was one of the early millionaires that emerged from this town until things went wrong courtesy of my first wife in 1985. She caused me so many problems and eventually caused my financial ruins.
“In fact, she brought me down to where I am today. I’m suffering and I can barely put food on my table.”
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Stephen who lives in his country home at Akammili, Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State, said that he did his best to raise Evans by sending him to the best schools around.
“My estranged wife kept interfering in his academics. You won’t believe that my son, Chukwudumeje (Evans) has not visited home since 2008.
“The last time I saw him was 10 years ago. I asked him the sort of business he was into. He said he was into drug trafficking. I advised him to desist because it was an illicit business and the law was against it.
“I told him plainly that it was better to be involved in a legitimate business and wait for God’s blessings. I did good business and it thrived; I was very successful.
“I have travelled to so many countries of the world in the course of my business”, Mr. Stephen said.
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Continuing he added:
“His mother started manipulating him when he was only three years old; look at where it has got him. I don’t even have his phone number. I’m pleading with the Nigerian authorities to have mercy on him and give him a second chance.
“He was misdirected and misled by his mother. I heard about all the millions, and I said to myself, do I have such manner of a rich son and the roof over my house is leaking. I now survive by selling pigs”.
Evans’ stepbrother, Chidolie Onwuamadike, said his brother’s ruin was caused by his mother. He noted that if Evans had followed their father’s advice, he wouldn’t have become a criminal.
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“As brothers, we don’t even interact at all. I don’t have his number and my heart is pained because he is such a loving, nice guy from the little I know of him.”
A tearful Mrs. Etty Onwuamadike, Evans’ mother said:
“Chukwudumeje is a nice boy when he lived with me. The only gift I gave him years back was the Holy Bible. I don’t want my son to die. I’m still convinced he will serve God.”
Contradicting the words of his father who claimed that he was misled by his mother, Evans who was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja on Sunday, June 11, 2017, said his mother knew that he was into crime but never supported it.
“She has warned me several times to stop what I was doing. She does not come to my house because she is not in support,” he said.