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“That guy was a terror” – James Uduji who paid $1.2m to Notorious Kidnapper Evans Narrates Ordeal

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One of the victims of notorious kidnapper Chukwudi Dumeme Omwuamadike alias Evans has come out to share details of his time in the hands of the kidnappers.

We applaud James Uduji for his boldness in sharing details with the public.

Speaking to Vanguard, James, the Chairman of Comestar Cable Manufacturing Limited, said he was in captivity for 42 days.

James was one of the victims who paid the highest ransom of $1.2m to gain his freedom.

He explained that he was abducted in Festac after he arrived the country from Canada where he went to visit his wife who just gave birth a month before the encounter and was shot alongside two of his drivers in the process.

He said a doctor was called in to treat him immediately they got to the hideout because he was bleeding so bad and although he wasn’t maltreated during his stay because of his condition, several other victims were and some most likely killed.

He mentioned that he was fed daily with noodles, and after he paid the ransom, Evans gave him ten thousand Naira for transport and he was dropped off close to Lagos State University (LASU).

He also said he was in chains for the 42days, and Evans traveled out of the country immediately he paid even before he was let go.

He thanked the Police Force for arresting Evans, saying he is indeed a wicked man, Vanguard reports.

Here’s what he told Vanguard, Uduji said:

How he Was Kidnapped

On September, 2015, as I was coming back from my factory in Agbara to my home in Festac, arriving Seventh Avenue, I saw four gun men. They stopped in front of my vehicle and started shooting while I was with my two drivers in my Hilux pickup.

I was sitting at the back, thinking they were policemen. I was wondering why they were shooting and charging at us not knowing that they were kidnappers. In the process, they shot us, me and two of my drivers but luckily, nobody died. I still have a bullet in my body.

By the time I realized they were kidnappers, they dragged me out of my vehicle to their own Lexus 470 Jeep. Inside their Jeep, there were lots of arms and ammunition inside a box. They had another box at the back where they put me in.

Four guys were inside that Jeep, well-armed, even the driver had his own AK-47 riffle. They drove past Festac Link Bridge to Amowu-Odofin, around 4:30pm as if they were going to Okota. Later, they came out to Oshodi -Apapa Expressway. By this time, they had not blindfolded me but they pushed my head down, lying bare on the floor of the car. One of them just held me as I was seriously bleeding. I never knew I would survive this. I couldn’t remember the places they took me to because I was lying down.

After a long journey, they stopped at a particular area, those guys jumped down and another group came on board and zoomed off again.

As we were going, we got to one house, they called the security guard who came and opened the gate, and they brought me out, gathered water, changed their cloths and called one doctor, whether he was quack or not, I do not know.

They told the doctor they had emergency. The doctor came, washed me and treated my wound. That was the first thing they did. Though, when we were about to get to where they wanted to take me to, they blind folded me.

They were administering two injections on me daily. When I asked them the kind of injection they were giving me, they said it was anti tetanus injection and pain reliever. They refused to give me water saying that if you have bullet in your body, you don’t drink water.

The second day, Evans came there with the doctor and said to me that, he came there because of me. Yet, I did not set my eyes on him. Maybe, the person that asked them to kidnap me told them that they should not let me die.

I said this because of the kind of treatment they were giving me or maybe, it could be because of my wound. But, I was seriously bleeding. At a point, they were thinking of exchanging me. They called my brother to come and let me go out and treat myself of the bullet wound.

My elder brother accepted to come but backed out at the end because those people, you never know what they planned. May be their plan was to capture the two of us before they would kill us. It was an ugly situation.

They injected me for seven good days. From that Monday till the next Sunday, every two days, there was a particular guy that came there to treat my wounds, dress it and put the bandage again. After some days, Evans called.

Evans and his Gang’s Modus Operandi

How they operate is that, they keep a hostage keeper, which is someone that would be guiding kidnap victims so that any time their boss wants to call, he would call that person. When he calls the person, the person would bring the phone to the victim and hold the phone for you talk to him.

They were always communicating. They did not maltreat me because of my condition but I heard them maltreating the victim in the other room with hot iron and the person would be crying.

Before they start that, they would go and put on their generator so that their neighbours would not be hearing. That guy was a terror.

His Time in Captivity

They were feeding me with one useless (noodles). I was just managing to eat to keep my life moving. They asked what kind of drugs I was taking but I told them I was not on drugs. I did not make trouble with them but there was a day I tried to escape. I was scared whether all the neighbours were their gang members or not.

Again, even if I would have escaped, I would have been naked because before you go to the bathroom, they take away your boxers. When you finished, you knocked at the door and turned your face to the wall as they gave you your boxer to wear.

They would blind fold you and put you in chains again. Early morning I used to hear siren and I thought, that it was police that were coming to rescue me. At the end nothing would happen. They would go. What were they coming to do there around 4:00 am to 5:00 am? I noticed that five times and I asked myself, “what the police are coming there to do?”.

I also noticed there was a construction site nearby where people were working. One particular day, one boy came in and asked “mummy, who is this uncle?”. I was listening and waited to hear what the woman would say but she did not say anything.

So, that couple that was paraded were there. I was praying every minute of the day, waiting for anything that would happen the next day. It was traumatising . So many things happened. I knew that, nothing would happen to me but they would charge me more money.

You know, I paid $1.2 million. We paid it in three installments. We paid two hundred thousand dollars, eight hundred thousand dollars and another two hundred thousand dollars. He claimed that, the first two hundred dollars we paid had been cancelled because we set them up by inviting security agents to be tracking them. That’s how we were accused and that the payment had been rubbished.

He bargains with the victims, he doesn’t bargain with the families. Whatever he asked for that is what the family would pay. A person that is under chain, what would he say? Anything they asked you to do, you just had to do it because of your life. That was not joke, they meant business.

If you refused to co-operate, they would kill you. I am sure; they have killed some people there. I stayed there for six weeks. I was abducted on the 7th of September and I was released on the 19th of October, 2015.

How He Was Released

After I had finished paying the ransom, they still kept me for another eight days. My people were worried, and I was worried too because I did not know what was going on outside. They had cut off communication with everybody. Immediately, he collected his ransom, he traveled abroad. He goes outside to keep his ill-gotten wealth, which was obvious.

I now asked the hostage keeper, how long it takes them to release a hostage. He said four days, I now asked again, but why am I still here? He then said I should not worry, that the chairman traveled and that I would be released as soon as he returned.

He said that I should see myself as a free man and relax. The man was a greedy man. Of all the money we paid him, he didn’t feed us well. His duty, I observed, was to collect money and drop victims.

When he came back to Nigeria, he came to me where I was detained by his men and said to me that, today, you will go. He ordered his boys to bring all my belongings. My Rolex watch, my bag, my golden ring and my sandals were nowhere to be found. Not to talk of cash because all of them were criminals. All other valuables were gone.

They only brought my cloths, bank cheque books and seals and a polythene bag. And for my sandals, they bought one bathroom slippers for me. Just imagine someone coming back from his office.

Then, he asked me to hold on till the road was free; it was about 5:00 pm.

As I was waiting, he came back and called me, Nnwa which is my title name. Any time he wanted to talk to me he first called me Nnwa. When he saw my wound, he said, I was a lucky man. That, my God is a great God.

He said that, I would live up to hundred years for surviving that gunshot. I asked him why they were shooting us like that. He said in war all was fair. I then asked “you and who were fighting?. Did I have gun with me?”.

Evans now asked who was the person in front of my car. That was when they thought I was a policeman. In fact they would have killed my driver if he were a policeman. When he came down and they asked him, he told them he was just an ordinary driver. That was when they left him.

He advised me to buy a lot of drinks because many people would be coming to sympathize with me. He stressed that people were already waiting for my arrival. He said:

“Any day you are going to do thanksgiving, we are going to be there.” I now asked him, how would I know you will be there? He replied that, I shouldn’t worry; he would come and follow me to thank God. “Nnwa, but your God is great oh”.

All these things he was talking, my mind was not there because I knew he was wicked.

That evening, he brought ten thousand Naira that I should take it. That if, they drop me anywhere, I should use it to enter taxi to my house. Or if I wanted, they could drop me in a nearby hotel so that, I could call my people to come and carry me.

But I told him to just drop my anywhere he wanted. When it became dark everywhere, they took me out of that house and moved me round the city before finally dropping me around Lagos State University (LASU), side in Iyana Oba.

Even to walk was a problem because, I had been in chains for long and all my bones had grown weak. I almost fell down while trying to cross the road because of my wobbling legs. I lost so much energy that, I became weak, lean and tired.

Suya was the first thing I ate after my release from captivity. I called a motorcyclist to take me to any nearby bus stop, which he did. When I turned the other side, I saw one man selling roasted meat (Suya), I went to him and bought the meat for one thousand Naira and started eating.

My action was to soften the ground for me to start asking question that would let me know exactly where I was as by this time I never knew where I was exactly. I asked the man, how I could get to Mile 2, and he said before you get to Mile 2, you first of all get to LASU.

I asked again, how I could I get to LASU, he told me to cross the road to the other side and enter any bus that was going that way. As soon as I entered the bus, I switched on my phones and there was no single credit on my phones except the one we used as a company group. That one doesn’t need credit because we pay once in a month. I now used it to call one of my managers.

Immediately he saw my call, he knew I was out and asked me where I was so that he could come and carry me. I told him to come to LASU, I got there and was waiting for him. He was coming from Agbara axis. While there, I strolled down a bit to buy orange, one man just came to me that I should give him money in spite of my tattered appearance.

I took two thousand out of the ten thousand Evans gave to me and gave to him. I was kind of hiding so that people who knew me before would not notice me until I got home.

When my manager came, he took me straight to the house after that, I went to report officially to the police. Even the commissioner of police came to my house after that.

After that incident, I requested for police protection which I was later provided with. I was so happy when I heard that, the guy has been arrested. I thank the Nigeria police for doing a great job. That shows that, if the police want to work, they could work.

44 Comments

  1. Chapter 29

    June 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    He was a sophisticated kidnapper sha.

    • wale

      June 18, 2017 at 3:21 am

      The men Evans kidnap, are men who set up business to employ people to make end means, if Evans had killed him, the business would have crumbled, people will loose their job.

      People like Evans need jungle justice, so wicked, na these men when u kidnap say make you no fund work? Are the one that said u should not know how to manage what you have? Are they the one that said you should not look for work?

      We need to stop musicians displaying fake wealth in their Video

    • truth

      June 18, 2017 at 3:23 am

      Police who see Evans name the police that worked with him

  2. dhoney

    June 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    ..our useless police are part of this scheme…it`s practically impossible for such evil business to flourish without some greedy policemen cooperation…they usually showed up every morning to get their own share.
    Chief I thank God for your life..that was pretty close.
    Back to Evans, I wish I can e-slap or e-stab you till you die with of serious pains. I cant imagine how many families have gone through pains cos this greedy twat…God punish you once again Mr Evan.
    Dear Nigeria youths, Evan deserves to be tied to the stake and shot and I hope he gets the judgment he deserves – DEATH. Also, we have other kidnappers masquerading as politicians, they have kidnapped our present and future, and our commonwealth, they are from all tribes and religions and do not preach hates when planning and sharing their loots which are always in millions both in foreign and local currencies. Nigerian youths, lets rise up and capture these kidnappers and set our country free. Thank God , we have captured the small evans, lets go for the big Evans

    • The Midnight Rambler

      June 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

      @ dhoney. You just spoke my mind. The coward is now asking for forgiveness as if he even knows the meaning of the word. He had decent, innocent human being who did him no wrong chained and imprisoned in a room for many months, until his demands were met to the letter. Any now he is asking for mercy, mercy he didn’t show to anyone he kidnapped. No one even knows how many people he had killed, people who had no means of raising the ransoms he demanded. Please Government, try this fellow quickly, and have him publicly shot at the barbeach. The message should be unambiguously sent to all those like him who think they can grab society by the balls. Many people are holding down minimum wage jobs and this idiot is buying wristwatches costing millions, watches I am yet see on the wrists of the likes of Bill Gates, who still favors a $85 Timex watch.

    • kkay

      June 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      @ dhoney…..Evans deserves DEATH BY HANGING and in public!
      You are so right! Our political kidnappers that have been holding our future ‘hostage’ must be nabbed and brought to book!!!

      EVANS must sign out and transfer back all the ransom money he saved abroad to his victims. Fed Govt don’t go confiscating any of his ill-gotten properties. All his houses and assets must be sold and his victims refunded from the proceeds.
      NBC it high time you censored video & lyrical contents especially from our music artistes and entertainers. There should also be a heavy fine for those who breach this.

  3. Andrew

    June 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    They shld just take evans to an angry mob and leave him there

    • Ibro

      June 18, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Ikorodu is the right place now.

  4. Lliki

    June 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    His wife will now come and be shielding crocodile tears, after all the atrocities her husband committed.
    This man is lucky to be alive, though I applaud him for speaking out; I do hope he has not made himself a target again. Imagine the huge amount of money that he paid them
    Organised crime, some members of the police force are also deeply involved.

    • Janeee

      June 17, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      **shedding

  5. Toluwalope

    June 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    He deserves Public execution. Kill him openly and let’s all learn from this. No need sending him to jail.

    • Le coco

      June 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      thats a good idea actually

  6. Mary

    June 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    And when people in Africa have only girls as children they will be sad or worried

    • Mawi

      June 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

      ?????

  7. Sean

    June 17, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Wow!

    This looks like a movie. These kidnappers are well organised. And the evil Evans is looking like someone who can’t hurt a fly.

    I read the story of the Pharmacist who escaped from their captivity.

  8. Lo

    June 17, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    What an ordeal! These kidnappers are completely heartless and cruel – Evans and indeed any kidnapper the authorities catch should be punished severely as an example for others.

  9. KitKat

    June 18, 2017 at 12:05 am

    So surreal.

  10. Stephen Ron Wells

    June 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Free E

  11. Jadesola Sometimes Jaylaw

    June 18, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I wonder why some Nigerians are like this sha ( I mean the ones requesting to Free Evans ) Why??? See the hardship his victims went through and you are still saying he should be freed? Even his wife shedding crocodile tears won’t even help the situation.. Both Evans and his gang should be sentenced to Life Imprisonment.. He can live another life apart from being a Kidnapper..

    • In through the out door

      June 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Well, the only thing we should “free” is his soul( after he is executed) so he can go and meet Lucifer, his lord and master, in the hottest part of hell. If he hadn’t been caught, he still would have been in the “business”, right? This man has the temerity to complain about discomfort. He is ever so lucky the Police got him before some local boys United him with a couple of discarded car tyres.

  12. AceOfSpades

    June 18, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I can’t even drive from surulere to festac to egbeda without seeing police checkpoint and sometimes even stopping me once in a while trying to extort.
    How did this men drive for years aroundwitj arms in their cars without encountering checkpoint even if it is illegal checkpoint.

  13. Siju

    June 18, 2017 at 6:59 am

    He needs to be put through a slow death – he needs to suffer serious trauma and great humiliation before finally being killed.

    His wife has been an accomplice to his activities, because how can you be with a man for 14 years and claim not to know he is into crime…in this course of this 14 years, he came home at different points with cuts on his body and bullet wounds…

    His gang members should be killed too!

    What a terror!

  14. Stephen Ron Wells

    June 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

    His innocent

    • In through the out door

      June 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

      @ Stephen Ron Wells. I’m sure you are a member of his gang. You are still on the lose but you will be apprehended yet. This is now the time to repent, not after he Police have you in custody. Lazy, greedy ass fools.

    • Vans

      June 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

      You must be his accomplice

  15. Harry

    June 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    When all the kidnapper’s properties are sold, they should share the money amongst those he collected ransom from atleast to cushion the effect. Obviously they are all proceeds of his evil work.

  16. Stephen Ron Wells

    June 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Am not am a christian am not even Nigerian
    But you people should forgive him
    Pray for Buhari and other political kidnappers
    Free Evans.

    • Spunky

      June 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Ron wells, oya, chop e-slap.

    • Lanre

      June 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      What’s this saying?

    • Debby

      June 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Abi were u n shey eleyi ni? Are u frigging for real?!

  17. Bisola

    June 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Look at Evans closely,despite his tears, he’s got very mean eyes! In fact the tears are angry ones at being caught! If found guilty,Kidnapping has a death penalty in Lagos state.

  18. Le coco

    June 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    mtchew… forgive someone tht brought so much pain to families? do you have 1 million dollars? for a family to cough up that kind of money do you know how much that wld have taken out of them.. they probably had to go around begging friends and family.. they have kids, grandkids.. this man is just one survivor.. do you know how many must have died in this mans hands.. mtchew.. you know what since you arent a Nigerian lets forgive this criminal and send him to ur country…

    • Stephen Ron Wells

      June 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Ok bring him to Newark NJ.no problem

    • fleur

      June 19, 2017 at 6:32 am

      @Stephen Ron wells.. YOU ARE A NIGERIAN.. stop pretending.. See the way you are typing.. mtchew..

  19. stephen

    June 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    at stephen you are a thief and a kidnapper still roaming the street,dont worry you will be caught soon you useless bagger.

    • Stephen Ron Wells

      June 18, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Nooooooo am not a kidnapper stop it

  20. Bad gang

    June 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    The effing baffling thing is, the evans devil is still granting interviews…why should a lowlife callous devilish scum-of-hell have freedom of speech? Any judge who doesn’t sentence this evans lunatic to death by firing squad would have done humanity a monumental disservice… $1million!!! Locked somebody in chains with a severe bullet wound?! Hell awaits you son of a bitch…bloody monster!

  21. Bad gang

    June 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    After the possible firing squad, his body should be left at a specific dump ground for public spitting and humilation… monster!

  22. Dr chichi

    June 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    My dad was kidnapped in 2013 in Benin, it was hell for us and worse for him. During the negotiations I was allowed to talk to my dad and my heart bled when I heard my father crying on the phone asking us to please save him. He was released at 11pm in the middle of no where in a village and had to knock on a stranger’s door to be given a place to sleep. The next morning we went with police to find him. I have no sympathy for these people. it is not something you wish even for your enemy. My poor dad an elderly 68 year old retired lecturer was dragged around the bush for days. Any kidnapper who is caught should be killed instantly. I don’t know why Evan’s has turned into a media sensation. These people kill, rape, rob people of their hard earned money, their sweat. Pls this guy should face the wrath of the law. let’s stop all these interviews and stories. I am sorry for his wife and children but he committed a crime and should pay. After all he has also robbed others of their loved ones.

    • Dami

      June 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      I feel you. both parents were kidnapped in April 2013 too for about 2weeks. they are merciless and so deserve no mercy.

  23. survivor

    June 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    If u sentence Evans to life imprisonment, Evans would be organising a crime any no be Nigeria waders? E.g vampire

  24. Bee

    June 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Government should pls kill this Evans. He deserve no mercy….

  25. Nigerian

    June 19, 2017 at 4:17 am

    This Evans needs to be wiped away from news outlets cos he is beginning to look like a crime celebrity which is annoying to me. He has a network of people, whatever profession necessary to help his evil plan succeed from the banks, to the airport, health care and police as usual and foot soldiers, women, and peharps children around the area. Because of this network this Evans guy needs to be alive so the other perpetrators can be caught. He should be tortured like he did other until he spills after then they can do whatever with him. Bullies are always cowards, nonsense. Did he ever show mercy? Even collecting ransom in foreign notes…. The picture of his wife and crying kids to me is a huge joke cos first of all it does not look genuine and even if it is…. rubbish.

  26. EbonyFre

    June 19, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Gosh. Why are we exposing these people/why are people exposing themselves?
    Could have been anonymous.
    Who is this doctor that went to treat him in the hideout? So he’s part of the gang :s
    I’m scared of/for this country!!

    “you and who were fighting?” Lol. Funny but not funny. Sigh

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