Lagos-based billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has led a team of Policemen from the Federal Anti-kidnapping Unit to what used to be his detention camps for his victims.
The buildings, located in Igando and Ikotun in Lagos, are usually where the kidnap victims are kept for days or months while negotiation for ransom is made.
The kidnap kingpin, who is now sober, told journalists that his arrest signals the beginning of the end of kidnapping in Nigeria, claiming that his gang applied the best sophistication ever, which no gang may be able to equal.
Evans was arrested on June 10 along with six suspected top members of his gang at Magodo Estate in Lagos after “an intense gun battle” with the Joint Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team, the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Technical and Intelligent Unit of the Force under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni.
Police sources said the 36-year-old suspect, who had been on their watch-list for about seven years, is reputed to be the most notorious and richest kidnapper in Nigeria.
He is believed to have received millions of dollars in ransom payment.
According to the police, he has two mansions in Magodo GRA Phase 2 worth about N300 million and two houses in the highbrow area of Accra in Ghana among many other properties such as exotic cars, expensive watches and jewellery.