Nigerian security operatives are jittery over the ability of notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka, Evans, to organise an escape if remanded in prison custody.
According to Vanguard, Evans pose a security threat to Nigeria if he is remanded.
The operatives believe that the sophisticated kidnapper could use his high profile network to obtain some respite in prison and organise a break-out eventually.
It was also learnt that all the monies and properties criminally obtained by the kidnapper during his 20-year reign have not been traced and in such a situation where he has access to such vast sums of money, he could use his money while in prison to reoganise his network and set up a new gang.
The police have obtained a court order and as such, are legally backed to detain the high profile kidnapper for the next three months before his prosecution.
The security source claimed that top criminals with access to huge sums of money when arrested are treated with respect by prison officials and consequently given access to social amenities like cell phones and internet connections.
The source said: “High-profile criminals enjoy VIP treatments in prison custody because they have money. We have learned that these suspects usually pay the warders to be detained in cells that are classified as VIP, and they would have access to their phones as well as the internet. These suspects don’t usually feel like they are in prison custody because they enjoy unlimited access to visitors anytime.
“Since his money has not been recovered completely because we had information that he has hotels in Ghana and South Africa, it will be wrong to send him to prison. He is also said to have auto spare parts outlets in Ghana and some other Africa countries. People working for him are numerous and the Police are yet to arrest all of them. If he is remanded in prison with these assets unrecovered, Evans could rule any prison. Evans, can be in prison and easily recruit men outside, radicalise them, buy them arms and send them out for operations. Evans can organise a jailbreak
“Evans could enjoy the security of the prison and unleash terror on the society. We have seen a lot of criminals like him and they have done same
“We have had several cases like that in the past. We had the case of Henry Chibueze, alias Vampire, who kidnapped and killed several persons and was arrested in 2015 by the Department of State Security Service, DSS. While in prison, Vampire sponsored several groups, who carried out kidnappings on his behalf. Having raised enough money he staged an escape from the prison while he was being taken to court. Luckily for us, he was gunned down, a few weeks after his escape. There were also other cases in Abuja and Port Harcourt Rivers state, recently.
Backing his claim that criminals in prisons could still orchestrate crime in the free society, the source highligeted the escapades a suspect in Kuje and Port Harcourt prisons.
He said the suspect masterminded several fraudulent acts while locked up in the prison.
“When members of the syndicate were arrested, they confessed that their leader was serving in Kuje Prison. One of the cases in Port Harcourt saw a detainee operating a massive kidnap gang. The kidnapper had organized several kidnappings before members of his gang were apprehended and he was exposed.”
In the new suit filed on Thursday, June 29, Evans is claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial.