There was drama at a high court in Igbosere, Lagos, on Monday when Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, staged a protest.
He refused to alight from the vehicle which conveyed him from the prison to court. After failing in the bid to convince the suspect to follow him to the courtroom, the prison official told the judge that the suspect refused to come inside.
Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, ordered that Evans should be bundled. He was eventually forced inside the court. While inside, Evans signalled the judge that he needed to speak.
When the judge acknowledged him, he said: “I have an explanation to make. Since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me; no visit, they don’t feed me well, I have an eye problem and I can not see afar.”
According to him, he was kept in solitary confinement and was denied access to his visitors.
His complaints followed the continuation of proceedings in a series of kidnap, murder and attempted murder charges brought against him by the Lagos state government since his arrest on June 10, 2017.
One of the prison officials opposed him, saying he was being treated well and that a doctor still visited him recently but the suspect said he was only seen by a nurse.
The judge asked the prison officials to treat him well, emphasising that Evans had not been convicted. The judge stood down the case but as soon as he rose, Evans broke down in tears, saying: “What have I done to you people? They have been beating me; no good food; I have been locked up in one place since last year; why are they taking my case personally? Why do you people want to kill me.”