Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, a k a. Evans, and two others to life imprisonment for conspiracy and kidnapping of a businessman, Donatus Duru.
Justice Oshodi found Evans and others guilty of a two-count charge of kidnapping the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Limited, Donatus Dunu.
Others sentenced to life inprisonment alongside Evans are Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu.
The judge held that the prosecution had succeeded in proving the charge against the three convicts beyond reasonable doubt.
He concluded that the evidence tendered before the court especially the video evidence collaborated the guilt of the convicts.
Justice Oshodi however discharged and acquitted Ogechi Uchechukwu and two former soldiers of the Nigerian Army, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba for lack of sufficient evidence linking them to the crime.
Handing down the sentence, Justice Oshodi noted the allocutors of the defence counsels, Olarewaju Ajanaku, H.O. Ajibola that the convicts are first time offenders, are remorseful and learnt their lesson.
But the judge disagreed with the defence lawyers that the convicts have shown remorse.