The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said on Friday that the notorious kidnapper, Chukwudidumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, would be charged to court soon.
Idris attributed the delay in Evans’ prosecution to police investigations to track down his accomplices within and outside the country.
Evans had raked in millions of dollars as ransoms paid to him by his victims’ families before his arrest on June 10, 2017, in one of his mansions at Magodo, Lagos State.
The IG, who spoke at a lecture which centred on proffering solutions to security challenges in Lagos, expressed worry at the rate at which the youth were venturing into kidnapping.
He reiterated the need for the establishment of special courts to ensure the speedy trial of suspected kidnappers.
Idris said, “Evans will be charged to court very soon. This is a man who has over the years been involved in kidnapping, collecting money in millions of dollars and harassing Nigerians from the various parts of the country.
“What we are doing now is to ensure that we conduct thorough investigations so that anybody involved will be brought to book.
“It seems kidnapping is becoming attractive to the youth. The more we arrest, the more they are coming up. But I believe that with special courts, this will be addressed.”
He said plans were underway to recruit more policemen to effectively pursue the principle of community policing.
“We need the cooperation of the public. There is no way we can succeed without their cooperation. We need the National Assembly to give a positive view of the Police Trust Fund and I believe with that, we can change the image of the police in the country,” he added.