Two lawyers appearing for the kingpin’s kidnapping, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Adubua, have requested an investigation into the deaths of three witnesses in police custody during the Evans trial.
They told Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offenses Court in Lagos State that the three witnesses, who were also on trial, died in police custody and that no autopsy had been performed to reveal the cause of their deaths.
Counsel noted that the fact that they died in police custody while healthy and cordial at the time of their arrest calls into question the confessions obtained from the gang’s leader.
The two lawyers, Emmanuel Ochai and his colleague, made the statement as they took their final written speeches in court.
“Five suspects were arrested; three were arrested by the police and they told us that three people died. I want an investigation into why the three people died in police custody,” Ochai said.
Counsel insisted that the prosecution had failed in various ways to prove the case against Evans and his co-defendant beyond a reasonable doubt and urged the court to discharge and acquit them.
“First of all, the process started in the wrong way. The constitution’s provision, which requires suspects to be brought before the court within 24 hours, has been set aside.”
Ochai, who questioned the evidence in court, said two locations were named by the prosecution as the site of the alleged kidnapping.
In his response, the prosecutor, Yusuf Sule, prayed that the court would convict the defendants as charged.
Sule said there was nothing in court to show that the witnesses who died while in police custody were tortured or killed.
“No evidence to suggest that. No evidence to the court that they were healthy and firm at the time of arrest,” he said.
The judge suspended the verdict until September 19.