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Lagos: Evans’ lawyer playing games but we’ll defeat him

Lagos: Evans’ lawyer playing games but we’ll defeat him
April 19
18:53 2018

The Lagos state government says no effort will be spared in ensuring justice in the cases filed against Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Evans.

Evans is being tried on several counts of criminal charges bothering on alleged conspiracy, murder and kidnapping.

He has since been on trial after he was arrested on June 10, 2017, and remanded in Kirikiri prison.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Adeniji Kazeem, the state’s attorney-general, accused the lawyer to the accused of frustrating the trial.

Kazeem, who spoke at the ongoing ministerial press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho press centre in Alausa, Ikeja, said the state government was committed to ensuring  the logical conclusion of all pending cases in court and serve justice to the people.

“On the Evans’ matter, the cases filed against him are ongoing in court. The issue is that the lawyer representing him is trying to play some games to delay the matter but in all his games, we have been defeating him in court,” Kazeem said.

“We have filed different cases. Some are for kidnapping and some bordered on murder and his lawyer is fighting all the cases but what I can assure the people is that we are committed to ensure the matter is concluded and defeat him at the end of the day.”

He said the state government received and treated a total of 11,451 cases through the special task force against land grabbers, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) and the special offences (mobile) court in the last one year.

He added that the government also received 316 inquiries through the recently unveiled first state-owned DNA and forensic centre with 71 active cases bordering on homicide, rape, toxicology, child trafficking, serology, among others.

According to Kazeem, the anti-land grabbers task force designed by the present administration to fight the menace of forceful take-over of properties received 1300 petitions out of which 855 were concluded and 530 currently at various stages of resolution.


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