Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a suspected kidnapper and armed robber, better known as Evans Monday protested inhuman treatment in prison. Evans refused to alight from the Black Maria that conveyed him to the court for his appearance. He only balked after the trial judge, Adedayo Akintoye ordered he should be made to appear in the courtroom. Arriving the courtroom, Evans dressed in a torn shirt and pair of shorts, raised his hands to tell the judge he had something to say.
When granted permission to speak, the alleged kidnapper told the judge of his degrading treatment in the prison.
“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 cannot see far”
“What have I done to you people? They have been beating me, no good food, I have been locked up in one place since August 30.
“Why are they taking my case personal? Let me face my trial alive, why do you people want to kill me?” Evans lamented.
However, the prison warders denied Evans was being maltreated.
“We have been treating him very well, he is well fed, and people have been visiting him. A doctor has been checking him. The doctor came to check him yesterday (Sunday) and even this morning before coming to court.
“He was saying he can’t be in court that he is not feeling fine, but when the doctor checked him yesterday and this morning, the doctor said he was healthy and that he sees no reason why he can’t be in court”.
Evans, then interrupted the prison warder, claiming it was a nurse that came to check him and not a doctor. He added that was only allowed one visit.
The Lagos government on Monday arraigned the suspect on fresh charges of conspiracy and unlawful capture one Uche Okorafor on November 21, 2014, at Festac Town, Lagos, from whom they demanded a ransom of $2million. He is facing trial alongside three others, Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.
Titilayo Shitta-Bey, Lagos State Director for Public Prosecutions, urged the court to dismiss Evans’ claims, alleging he only made them up.
“That was the same thing he said before an Ikeja High Court and we wrote the prisons and they wrote us back that he was being taken care of like every other inmate,” Shitta-Bey said. The judge urged the prison officials to ensure the suspects were well treated, saying they remain innocent until proven guilty. The case was adjourned till May 25 for trial.