Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, yesterday recanted his story that the bullet wound on his shoulder was from a drug war in South Africa.
The suspect withdrew his earlier narrative after investigators presented him with allegations made against him by a retired police officer in a national daily.
Evans told his interrogators that he got the wound from a gang member during a disagreement in the sharing formula of the heist from a bank raid in 2006.
The suspect also admitted he was arrested by the police after the shootout among his robbery gang members.
He added that his mother, with the help of a policewoman, got him released from police custody 11 years ago.
The retired officer was once the former officer in charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command.
According the policeman, in 2006, Evans was arrested for bank robbery, but his release was later facilitated by a female superintendent of police.
Asked why he didn’t prosecute Evans back then, the officer retorted that there was a female Superintendent of Police (SP), identified simply as Tina, at the Band Section of the Police College, Lagos, who insisted that the police should drop the case and that Evans was her brother.
“But when she was unable to achieve her aim, she travelled to Imo State. Not long after, we got a message from the Imo State Police Command that they had been searching for Evans and asked us to transfer the case to them so they could continue from where we stopped. Since that time, we did not hear anything. We heard he was later released there,” he was quoted as saying.
The police officer explained that in 2006, robbers attacked a commercial bank in Lagos and went to Iganmu, to share the money.
One of those later arrested was Evans. He was shot by one of his gang members. He was arrested because he couldn’t run. He had lost so much blood.
The senior officer said that back then, Evans was known as Chukwudi.
According to the retiree, there was also a time that Evans’ gang robbed three banks at Alaba International Market in 2005.
He urged the leader of the investigators, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, not to rush Evans’ investigation.
According to him, Evans has links in South Africa, Ghana and other places.
“Bank robbery and hijacking of bullion vans are easy for him and his gang members,” he was quoted as saying.
He alleged that Evans had a penchant for shooting and killing any member he suspected.
One of the police investigators, who interviewed Evans following the newspaper’s report, said: “The bullet wounds are from disagreement over sharing of loot after bank robbery in Lagos in 2006. Evans and his gang members shot one another. Many gang members died, while Evans survived with bullet wounds. Evans has confessed to the bank robbery, shooting and bullet wounds.
“Evans had been lying about how he got that bullet wound for long. But when we showed the newspaper report, he caved in and confessed that the report was true. He said they robbed banks and started shooting one another over sharing of the money. He said that it was his mother, working through the policewoman, who got him out of police custody.”