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Justice Kayode Ogunjobi of the Lagos State High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), on Wednesday threatened to impose further costs on convicted kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, over his approach in a £223,000 suit filed against him.
The Eastern Updates reports that one of Evans’ kidnap victims, Chief Donatus Duru, had in 2018 filed the suit, demanding a return of the £223,000 he paid to Evans as ransom to free himself from the kingpin’s custody. Duru is also demanding N50 million as damages at 20 per cent interest.
Justice Ogunjobi, before whom the matter is, has already imposed costs of N2.5 million on Evans. Upon resumption of proceedings yesterday, the judge threatened to impose another cost on the convict for his delay tactics over his choice of lawyer.
Justice Ogunjobi lamented that Evans’ conduct was “hurting everybody” and costing the Lagos State Government money”.
When the case was called, a lawyer, Maxwell Chukwuemeka, announced that he was seeking to represent the defendant (Evans) in the case.
Evans had, on March 3, 2022, applied to the court to be allowed to defend himself. But Chukwuemeka told the court that he had filed two applications – a motion for change of counsel and a motion for amendment of the defendant’s statement of defence.
Chief Duru’s counsel, Mr D. O. Obiora said the defendant had been changing counsel, but did not oppose the applications. He noted that the court delivered a ruling on May 23, granting leave for the defendant to file its statement of defence. He wondered how Evans was seeking leave to amend a defence he had yet to file.