The Lagos State High court sitting in Igbosere on Friday scheduled November 11, 2017, for ruling in the trial of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans and three others.
Evans was arraigned on a fresh seven count charges bordering on conspiracy, attempted kidnap, attempted murder and murder.
The defense led by Olukoya Ogungeje argued that Evans already has a case against him at the state High Court Ikeja, on the same offence which is a gross abuse of court process.
Ogungeje further contended that bringing another case on the same offence against Evans would amount to repetition and duplication of charges.
Responding, the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, said the defence is in total misinterpretation/ misunderstanding of the word duplicity.
Citing Section 153 of the Administration of Criminal Justice, ACJ, Act of 2015, DPP said a count should contain one single offence, containing more than one offence will means bad for duplicity.
“Therefore when an offence is committed on separate days, in this case, the offence of attempted kidnapping was committed in 2014, which can be brought in different courts,” DPP said.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo listened to the argument from both counsels on whether or not to quash the charges against Evans.
The suspected notorious kidnapper and three others are being charged with murder of Peter Nweke and Chigozie Ngozi who are said to be police officers attached to the Chairman of “The Young Shall Grow Motors”, Vincent Amaechi Obianodo and also attempted kidnap of the transport boss.
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