Nigeria’s smartest and richest notorious kidnap kingpin, Evans, reportedly collected an extra $200,000 from one of his victims after initially collecting $1 million ransom.
While speaking exclusively to Premium Times, one of the victims of notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans, revealed how the ‘smartest’ kidnapper collected an extra $200,000 after claiming part of the $1 million ransom was “old money.”
The victim who was among the several people kidnapped by Evans in the FESTAC area of Lagos, and requested not to be named because he did not want publicity, said he paid a total of $1.2 million to Evans and not $1 million as being reported.
“He collected $1.2 million from me, not $1 million he’s writing. Because when he released me, there was an agreement between me and him, the day he was releasing me, he said the money my wife gave him, that like 200,000 was old money, that they did not collect it from her, and that the money must be complete. I told him let him release me let me to go and look for the money, he agreed.
“After one month, he started calling me, he now told me about my son and where my daughter is working and that if I don’t give him the money he’ll come after me. Rather than go through that trauma again, I sent that money to him at Queen’s Suite (a hotel in Awka, Anambra State),” the victim said.
While speaking further, the victim said he paid the extra $200,000 to Evans through his wife, who travelled to Anambra State to make the payment.
“He told my wife to lodge at Queen’s Suites, Awka. Even while going there people will tell you…. if you ask ‘Where is the road to Queen’s Suites?’ They will tell you ‘Ah! You’re going to kidnappers’ hotel.’
“I wonder why Anambra State government has not brought that hotel down because almost all the people he kidnapped from Festac, one way or the other, he will tell him to go to Queen’s Suites. He doesn’t come to Queen Suite, they don’t pay the money in Queen Suite but he will make sure you sleep in Queen Suite as a must.
“In the night he will now call you inside the bush, within Ihembosi and Ozubulu, and collect the money. After collecting the money, he will tell you you must go back to Queen Suite, if you don’t go back there, he will shoot you.
“He forces people to go back there and sleep. What is his connection with Queen Suite? I also asked him that question yesterday because we met him, all the people he kidnapped. Abba Kyari arranged a meeting, brought him out and we asked him questions at State Command, GRA.
“I gave him 200,000 when I came out. Yesterday when I told him he could not deny it, because I told him how it happened, as I narrated to you.”
When contacted, the management of Queen’s Suites, Awka, said they were not aware of Evans’ activities.
Emeka Nwachukwu, the hotel manager, said; “Definitely, I never knew of Evans anyway.
“Secondly, I never know if he has any ransom that they normally come to pay here. If there is anybody that is coming here to lodge, it’s just for the person’s safety, I am here for the safety of anybody.
“Whoever that came to my hotel to lodge only came for the safety, I never knew of Evans the kidnapper.”