Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (a.k.a Evans), on Monday was reduced to tears at an Igbosere High Court in Lagos, alleging maltreatment at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Apapa, Lagos.
Evans told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that he was not well fed by the prison officials who, according to him have taken his case “personal” by keeping him in solitary confinement and denying him access to his visitors.
The Anambra-born kidnap kingpin is being tried for kidnap, murder and attempted murder charge brought against him by the Lagos State Government in the wake of his arrest on June 10, 2017, in his Lagos mansion.
When the case was mentioned, Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, told the court that Evans refused to disembark from black Maria, after which he was brought into the court barefooted following an order by the judge.
Looking downtrodden and untidy, he raised his hands to be giving audience.
“I have an explanation to make; since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me: no visit, they don’t feed me well, I have eye problem and I cannot see far,” he said.
“What have I done to you people? They have been beating me, there is no good food, I have been locked up in one place since August 30, last year. Why are they taking my case personal?
“Let me face my trial alive; why do you people want to kill me?”
But a prison warder from Kirikiri Maximum Prison, told the court that Evans was well cared for, adding that he’s being attended to by a doctor.
The warder said: “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 checked him yesterday and even this morning before he was brought to court.
“The doctor says he is healthy and can be brought to court.”
Justice Akintoye, however, asked the authorities of the prison to ensure that the accused were well taken care of, noting that they were still presumed innocent until proven guilty.