EndSARS: Lagos court suspends trial of popular kidnapper Evans, others

Lagos state court suspends the trial of Evans and others due to the ongoing EndSARS protest in the state
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Ernest Sunday

Lagos State Special Offences Court has suspended the trial of the popular kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, known as Evans and his co-defendants due to the EndSars protest going in the state.

The trial which was scheduled to hold on Wednesday before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo at Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja did not hold as the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) did not take Evans and his co-defendants to court.

According to the court register, the case will not go on as scheduled, and the prison had informed the court that they would not bring the defendants to court, due to the tension in the city.

“They are afraid of hijack by protesters,” the court register said.

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions confirmed the absence of the defendants.

"Our correspondent observed that the Correctional Service brought no inmates at all to the court, " he said on a phone call.

"The NCS Green Marias were nowhere to be found, and the holding cells for keeping inmates on the court premises were empty.

Evans and the other defendants were charged with two trials of kidnapping and murder before Justice Taiwo and was listed in the number 10 and 12 in the court’s cause list for Wednesday.

In one of the two charges before Justice Taiwo, the Lagos DPP accused Evans and three others of killing two persons, in their failed attempt to kidnap the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Obianodo Vincent on August 27, 2013.

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