SHOCKING: Witnesses Refuse To Testify Against Notorious Kidnapper, Evans – Lawyer Gives Reason

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Two prosecution witnesses in the trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, and Victor Aduba, a dismissed army officer, have refused to testify in court, citing security reasons.

State counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule, made this known on Monday before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

He said, “We have two witnesses but they said they would not be able to come to court to testify, for security reasons.”

“The second witness is the younger brother of the kidnap victim. They said they would prefer to testify over zoom.”

“As a result, the prosecution will like to file an application for a zoom meeting,” Sule said.

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Counsel for Evans, Mr Oyekunle Falabi, and Aduba’s counsel, Mr Emmanuel Ochai, did not oppose the prosecution’s request for a zoom meeting for the witnesses. Before adjourning the case, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo expressed her dissatisfaction at the slow pace of the trial.

“This is a 2017 case, it is a criminal case, and we ought to have concluded it by now,” Justice Taiwo said.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case until November 29 for hearing of the prosecution’s application. The defendants, Evans and Aduba, are charged on four counts of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

They are both accused of kidnapping a businessman, Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu, holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom of 420,000 dollars from his family.

Court Jails Ex-Pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina For 8 Years For Stealing Over N2 Billion Belonging To Pensioners

Elsewhere, a Federal High Court in Abuja has found ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina guilty of Money Laundering charges levelled against him.

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According to Politics Nigeria, Maina, who was chairman of the now defunct Pension Reform Task Force, was found guilty of stealing over N2 billion belonging to Pensioners “most of whom have died without reaping the fruits of their labour.”

The presiding High Court Judge, Justice Okon Abang found Maina guilty on 6 counts.

“I find the defendant (Mr Maina) guilty and convicted in count 2, 6, 9, 3, 7 and 10,” he said.

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The Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Abang, convicted and jailed Maina for 8 years.

According to Independent NG, the Jail term totalled 61 years but will run concurrently.

A month ago, the court also jailed Maina’s son, Faisal, after finding him guilty on all three counts of money laundering involving N58.1million in public funds.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Mr Maina before Justice Abang, on October 25, 2019, and firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd.

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Faisal Maina

Mr Maina was tried on a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the anti-graft agency.

Part of the allegations brought against him is that he used his firm to launder N2 billion and also used some of it to acquire properties in Abuja. Maina had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

What’s The Point Of Making Money When You Can’t Sleep Well At Night? – Osinbajo Cautions ‘Yahoo Boys’

In a related development, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has cautioned youths of Nigeria against engaging in fraudulent activities, saying “what is the point of making money, yet you can’t sleep.”

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The Vice President stated that youths should not be distracted by gangs of fraudsters popularly called ‘yahoo boys.’

The Vice President maintained that yahoo boys would be prosecuted and end up in jail.

Delivering the first convocation lecture of Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Professor Osinbajo said rather than allow yahoo boys distract them, youths should try to access the various programmes established by the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to support young entrepreneurs.

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He added that a lot of Nigerian youths have made it without engaging in fraudulent practices.

Osinbajo said: ”Don’t be distracted by the yahoo yahoo boys that are coming up one day with fancy cars. Their days are always numbered.

“They will go to jail one day. The point, of course, is that what is the point of making money when you can’t sleep well at night.

“But you must find out about the support that is available either from the private sector or public sector. For example, the Federal Government has established a N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund. This provides financial support for small businesses in any field.”

Source: Mcebiscoo.com

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