The arrest of high profile kidnapper Onwuamadike Chukwuduben popularly known as Evans is no longer news to Nigerians and the world at large.
Evans who has been described as “extremely intelligent in criminal matters” and the “Lord of kidnappers” somehow managed to evade the police for seven long years while he terrorised Nigerians. The gangster and his highly- organised syndicate were responsible for the kidnap of prominent Nigerians across the country.
But he was eventually arrested at his Magodo Estate home in Lagos after an intense gun battle between his gang and special detachments of the Nigeria Police led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari. The suspect was paraded before journalists alongside six members of his gang.
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One of the schemes employed by the notorious gangster which helped him evade the police that long was the use of multiple personalities in different states which placed him one step ahead of the police until his arrest.
For instance, at his Magodo residence, the gangster was known as George while in Lagos criminal circles he was Evans. In Edo he was known as Sunny; in Port Harcourt, he was Richard; in Lagos he was Evans, and in Anambra he was Somtu. In fact, some of his girlfriends who helped the police in trailing the suspect claimed to have known him as Mike.
Investigators reveal that Evans managed to evade the police that long because security agents in each state were looking for different persons unknown to them that they had a common suspect carrying out those notorious escapades.
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While speaking to pressmen after taking policemen his third Lagos detention camp, Evans was quoted as saying:
“To kidnappers out there, you have seen what I’m going through. You have seen it on television and read it in newspapers.
“For the police to have arrested me, the lord of kidnappers, I think there are no other kidnappers out there.
“Those who are into kidnapping should stop it. Kidnapping doesn’t pay. I have learnt my lesson. I think there are no kidnappers anywhere.”
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had also attributed Evans arrest to information sharing and intelligence cooperation among police services in West Africa.
While noting that information sharing was crucial to tackling the menace of trans-border crimes in West Africa, Idris disclosed that it was “through such an exchange that we were able to nab a Ghanaian/Nigerian kidnapper after evading arrest for many years.”
Evans has been described as a big catch, going by his alleged antecedents. He was wanted in different states for being the suspected brain behind most of the high-profile kidnappings. IGP Ibrahim Idris even went as far as placing a N30 million bounty on him.
It is, therefore, no surprise that the kidnap kingpin’s arrest was greeted with feelings of relief and euphoria. The significance of Evans arrest is underlined by the relief that swept through the police force as well as the populace. Many Nigerians have commended the Nigerian police force and all who supported their efforts in neutralising these kidnap gangs, with some calling for the promotion of the officers involved in the operation.
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But a controversy was stirred after photographs emerged online showing officers involved in Evans’ arrest happily posing with the kingpin. While some opined that such action from the officers was shameful, others did not see anything wrong with the policemen posing with their ‘trophy’.
Moreover, some reports even claimed that the IGP had ordered the promotion of the officers that participated in the apprehension of the deadly criminal. According to the report, the IG had actually promoted the officers within his capacity from the rank and file but some officers were out to stop the promotion.
However, the Nigeria Police Force has clarified the speculations, saying there is currently no plan on ground or any decision reached to promote the officers who participated in the arrest of the notorious kidnap kingpin.
In reaction to inquiries on the report that some senior officers were planning to stop some of the officers that arrested Evans from being promoted, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, debunked news of the promotion, describing it as the figment of people’s imagination, according to DAILY POST.
While maintaining that there was no such arrangement, Moshood said that nothing about the promotion of any officer in that regard has been made known to him.
“If such a decision was made, I will be the one to make it public. If the Inspector General or the Police Force wants to promote officers that performed gallantly, it’s a good move to encourage them, but there’s nothing of such for now.
“I’m telling you authoritatively that there’s nothing like that,” Moshood said.
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Though it still remains unsure as to what reward lies ahead for the police officers involved in the arrest of the notorious kidnapper, authorities have to demonstrate their resolve not to allow such characters flourish within the Nigerian space by setting examples through its security agencies. There is also the need to ensure that the course of justice is served through the diligent prosecution of Evans and all such gangsters.