A witness has told Lagos High Court he paid suspected kidnapper Evans £223,000 for the ransom of his boss, Donatus Duru.
Evans and four others are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping before Hakeem Oshodi, a judge of the Ikeja Division of the Court.
The testimony of the third prosecution witness, Uchenna Okeagwu, was heard on Friday.
Okeagwu explained to the court that he was instructed by the kidnappers to drop the money inside a vehicle parked inside a compound somewhere around Mile 2.
“I am a manager at Maydon pharmaceutical company and have been working with them for over seven years. After we heard of the kidnap of Duru, we waited to hear from the kidnappers so we will know what to do to rescue him,” he said.
“As the manager of the Idumota branch, we worked towards raising money for the kidnappers when they asked for ransom. After about two months, I was called by Anselm Duru, Donatus’ brother to come and deliver the money to the kidnappers that they have raised £223,000.
“After counting the money, we put it in a polythene bag and wrapped it very well with sellotape and I went with the money. Anselm gave me his telephone that they would use it to direct me to where I would take the ransom to.
“I started receiving calls with the phone from the kidnappers saying I should make no mistakes that if I do, I would be shot. I was asked if I know the way towards Mile 2 and I said yes, I went with the money inside the vehicle, putting the money under the passengers’ seat in the front and I moved out of the compound towards Mile 2,” he explained.
During cross-examination, defence counsel for the first, second, third and fourth defendants, Olukoya Ogungbeje, asked if he saw anybody when he dropped the ransom or gave it to anybody directly, the witness said no.
The judge adjourned the matter till June 22, 2018.
[VIDEO] Herdsmen Kill Bus Conductor In Lagos Over Cow’s Death
Persons identified as herdsmen have stabbed a bus conductor to death for killing a cow in Lagos.
This happened in the early hours of Monday and became public in a viral video from the scene of the accident.
According to one of the videos making rounds on social media platforms, the incident occurred at Mowo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, close to President Muhammadu Buhari Estate.
The commentator in the video said the bus conductor, who fled after the accident that led to the death of the cow, was killed close to a police checkpoint.
The driver, who was said to be heading to Badagry from Mile 12, was said to have fled as soon as he sensed danger.
This made the herdsmen go after the conductor of the bus with registration number: FKJ 756 XH.
BREAKING: Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Sworn-In As Acting CJN [PHOTOS]
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in an acting capacity.
Justice Ariwoola was officially sworn in by the president on Monday afternoon, following the sudden resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.
It was gathered that Justice Muhammad was forced to resign over the weekend, although the information in the public space is that he’s quitting on health grounds.
Recall that last week, a letter was written by 14 justices of the supreme court accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the leader of the court leaked.
The judges also accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international training.
It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.
Ariwoola, the new CJN was the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court after Muhammad.
He is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.
Sunday Igboho Recounts DSS Attack, Says ‘It’s War, Their Intention Was To Eliminate Me’
Popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho has recounted his encounter with the Department of States Services (DSS) during a raid on his residence in 2021.
On the 1st of July, 2021, the DSS raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, arrested 13 of his aides, and allegedly killed two others. The arrested aides were arraigned before the court but later granted bail by a Federal High Court.
According to the agitator who is currently in the Benin Republic, the intention of the security men was to eliminate him.
Igboho who spoke to journalists in Cotonou on Friday said he deliberately escaped the attack to prevent his aides and loyalists living inside the building from being killed.
“They cordoned off my house and started shooting. Some of them were strategically positioned on the street that leads to my house from Soka Road,” he said.
“They shot and forced their way into my premises, shooting sporadically in an encounter that lasted for more than one hour. It was a war and their intention was to kill me. It was God that saved me. Residents of Soka, most especially my neighbours, were gripped with fear.
“My uncle, who was a Muslim, observing prayer was shot dead right on his praying mat. Another close aide of mine was shot dead.”
He, however, said that despite his travails, the agitation for the actualization of the Yoruba nation was intact.
He added that he would soon return to Nigeria after his long sojourn in the Benin Republic.
Igboho noted that he was not scared of being arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services upon his return to Nigeria as he believes in the judiciary.
“I am going back to Nigeria soon,” he said in a recent interview.
In September 2021, an Oyo State High Court granted a relief sought by Igboho and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion.
“I am going back to Nigeria soon.” He added, “I believe in the judiciary.”
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