Arrested billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike aka Evans, disclosed he started kidnapping in Anambra state before relocating to Edo and then Lagos.
Evans has a wife and five children living abroad and according to reports, and its not certain if they know the kind of business he’s into.
Read excerpts from his interview with Pulse.
How did you start as a kidnapper?
“My friend, known as Hunch Man, introduced me to kidnapping and after a few operations during Peter Obi’s administration, we were forced to leave the state and we moved to Edo State. I had some boys from Warri, Delta State, working with me.”
How many kidnappings did you carry out then?
“We carried out two big kidnappings where our victims paid N80 million and N100 million respectively. In 2013, I came to Lagos and I went straight to Festac Town.
“Before I came to Festac, I had already established contacts with some boys. One of the jobs we did was that of the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo.”
How did you carry out the Young Shall Grow boss’s kidnap?
“One guy known as Emeka, brought the job and we were five that went for that operation – Hunch Man, Nnamdi, Uche, Nwoke and I.
“I was the one driving and our target was to kill Young Shall Grow’s driver and his police orderly. Hunch Man, Uche, Nnamdi, and Nwoke were carrying guns and they were the people who fired at Young Shall Grow.
“Hunch Man and Uche were killed during the attack, while Nnamdi, Nwoke and I survived. That operation was my most bloody operation.
“I didn’t know it was going to turn out that way. I usually don’t know names of people I kidnapped in Festac. But if I see them, I will tell you what I did to them. I have people who gave me information about my victims.”
Tell us about the pharmacist who escaped from your custody?
“The pharmacist job is the only one that gave us a problem. I keep my victims for months because I want their people to pay the ransom I demanded. I have people cooking for my victims, one of who stays in the house; his name is Uche.
“We kept him (the pharmacist) at Uche’s house in New Igando but he managed to escape. The other boy is from Aguleri. The boy is a new person, but Uche is old.
“I usually pay Uche N20 million for every operation. I usually make the calls for the ransom. I have six boys in Lagos.”
What is the highest ransom you have collected from your victims?
“The highest ransom I collected was $1 million dollars from somebody living in Festac.”
Do your family members know you are into kidnapping?
“My mother knows I am into crime but she is not in support. She has warned me several times to stop what I was doing. She does not come to my house because she is not in support.”
So how much did you buy your houses and how many do you have?
“I bought the houses in Magodo GRA for N130 million and N100 million. My house in Ghana is bigger than this one. I don’t kill. I don’t kill during my operations.”
Meanwhile, new reports say his arrest was possible with the help of a whistle blower after a N30M bounty was placed on him.
Prior to his arrest, Evans had been away from his Fred Shoboyede Street residence weeks before he showed up there a day to his arrest.
He visited the apartment a day to his arrest and the whistle blower informed the police. He already planned to elope and almost escaped the police but was found in his ceiling.