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Police used death threat to make Evans plead Guilty – Lawyer

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Police used death threat to make Evans plead Guilty - Lawyer

Evans (L) and the five other defendants

On Wednesday, suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Omwuamadike, popularly known as Evans pleaded guilty to 2-counts of conspiracy and kidnapping when he was arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos.

He was arraigned alongside five others. The defendants were subsequently remanded in prison.

The judge then adjourned the case until October 19.

According to Vanguard, the leader of the IGP Intelligence Response Team ACP Abba Kyari, who led the operation that got Evans arrested has been listed alongside 9 others as the Lagos State Government’s witnesses.

Lagos state enforces capital punishment for kidnap cases where targets are killed.

His lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has, in reaction to the plea, said the police threatened to kill his client if he does not plead guilty.

“After the purported guilty plea of our client and the court rose. We stressed to have brief discussion time with our client and he told us clearly that the police told him to plead guilty failure to which the police will kill him.

This is definitely unconstitutional and we intend to challenge this unconstitutional procedure for hoodwink, undue influence, brainwashing and coercing on an accused into entering a guilty plea against his wish and freewill. “He pointedly told us that being informed now, he will change his ‘police motivated guilty plea’ to ‘not guilty’ at the next adjourned date.

It is settled law that plea of guilty must be made voluntary and direct devoid of any influence, coercion and manipulation.

In the meantime, after our brief conferring with our client in open court, he made it known to us that he will change his police motivated guilty plea to not guilty at the next adjourned date. We have a responsibility to assist the cause of justice in accordance with the law,” Ogungbeje said in a statement.

Photo Credit: Twitetr – @SaharaReporters

4 Comments

  1. ***

    August 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

    You sef lawyer, you no go shock if evans plead not guilty?

  2. LemmeRant

    August 31, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Yes because he was “obviously” innocent to begin with.

    • Miss A

      August 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      I was going to construct a proper response until I saw your name then realized there was no point.

  3. WORD

    August 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Some of his targets were killed. If proven he gets capital punishmt. If he savesd court d loooong process and pleads guilty, will he get lesser charge?

    Lawyer just after his money….make as much b4 d matter ends. If he ddnt have resources who will represent him?

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