Update: Drama as government witnesses refuse to testify against Evans

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Two prosecution witnesses in the trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, and Victor Aduba, a dismissed army personnel, have refused to testify in court, citing security reasons.

Newsmen report that state counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule, made the disclosure on Monday before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

“We have two witnesses but they said they would not be able to come to court to testify, for security reasons. The second witness is the younger brother of the kidnap victim. They said they would prefer to testify over zoom.

“As a result, the prosecution will like to file an application for a zoom meeting,” Sule said.

Onwuamadike’s counsel, Mr Oyekunle Falabi, and Aduba’s counsel, Mr Emmanuel Ochai, did not oppose the prosecution’s request.

Before adjourning the case, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace of the trial.

“This is a 2017 case, it is a criminal case, and we ought to have concluded it by now,” she said.

Taiwo adjourned the case until November 29 for hearing of the prosecution’s application.

NAN reported that the defendants are charged on four counts of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

They are accused of kidnapping a businessman, Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu, holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom of $420,000 from his family.