Kidnapper Evans resembles his Father, Stephen Onwuamadike, speaks about his upbringing (pictures)

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IN the sleepy village of Inyaba in Akamili area of Nnewi town, Anambra State, the arrest of kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Dumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans has brought shame to his family and kinsmen. His father, Stephen Onwuamadike, who relocated to the community after his business empire collapsed in 1985 after he was defrauded, battles poverty. The fair-complexioned Onwuamadike told The Nation that since he suffered a reversal of fortune about 32 years ago, he had gone through the pains and agony of suffering without any form of help from anywhere.

The only thing sustaining him for now, he disclosed, is a small poultry business in his compound. Narrating his son’s upbringing to The Nation in his residence tucked behind Immanuel Anglican Church, Evans’ father said he was the youngest millionaire in Nnewi before his business misfortune. He said people like Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson group) were using their pick-up vans to pick goods from his warehouse located inside his compound, where he was storing motor-spare parts back in the days. “I used to go to Japan, Singapore, Germany, London, Korea among other countries to import generating sets and motorcycle spare parts. I found myself in this condition in 1985 when I was duped by 419ners(fraudsters) from Aba in Port Harcourt.

“I built this house in 1984; by that time, this my son Chukwudi (aka – Evans) was only three years old. I took them to many places to give them the good things of life. The problem of that boy started with his mother in 1986 when I started having problems with her and she was junketing from pillar to post. “Chukwudi my son was enrolled in good schools from nursery to secondary.

I put him in Merchant of Light Boys High school in Oba Before then, he had gone through Summit Nursery School to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Primary School in Awka. I removed him from those schools when I noticed that the mother was visiting him because I did not want her to infect him with bad spirit” He said his wife Chinwe, 50, left his house in 1986 leaving her four children behind, with his mother, Margret Onwuamadike, 78. He explained further that Evans’ mother later came back to his house two years later.

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L-R: Evan’s father, Evans & Pastor Joshua

He said that when his son left Oba Boys Secondary school (Merchant of Light) after two years, he did all he could to persuade him to further his studies to no avail. He said: “My son (Evans) insisted that he would trade in spare parts and I made arrangement with Cosmas Maduka, through his elder brother, to take him to Lagos, but the boy later rejected the plan, not knowing that he was being negatively teleguided. “But in 1998, I left Nnewi for Lagos and I was living at Ikotun and started worshipping at T.B Joshua’s church, Synagogue, and when the boy came to me, I gave him money to go back to Nnewi after he found his way to Lagos where he said he had started learning a trade “So, in 2005 again, he called me that he wanted to marry and I asked him how manage, because I was aware that he was not doing anything tangible, but he told me not to bother, that he needed my presence, which I obliged him.

“Chukwudi Onwuamadike who is being paraded as a kidnapper is my first son; there are other 10 of my children; eight boys and three girls, they were to be 12 but one died. “After his marriage in 2005, he moved back to Lagos with the wife and since 11 years, my brother, I will tell you that I don’t know his whereabouts. “The only person who can tell you in and out of his movement, his connections and his dealings is his mother (Chinwe) because they are always discussing on phone and he does not call me.

“Anytime he wanted to call me, he would hide his phone number or any time his mother would be around, he would instruct his mother to give me her phone for me to answer. “I met him in 2006 when I went for prayers at TB Joshua’s church (in Lagos). the last time I set my eyes on him was in 2012 during the birthday party of Prophet T.B Joshua in Lagos and I asked him what he was doing, he told me he was dealing in drugs. “My son was a nice young man before he came under strange influences.”

However, he said if Evans was released, he would be the happiest father. According to him, “he is still my son, blood is thicker than water. Since I was told about this incident on Monday by some people, I have not been sleeping and I have refused to allow my old mother to know about it because she would die immediately;” Stephen Onwumadike narrated. Also speaking with The Nation, the Obi of Akamili, 81- year-old Edwin Oduonye, who could not stomach what he called the insult brought on them by their son, slumped on his seat and started crying like a baby. It took the reporter some minutes to calm him down, but he managed to clean his eyes and told The Nation that the boy was nice when he was growing up.

The old man popularly known as (Nnanyelugo), said his late wife was the younger sister to the wife of the late Onwuamadike. “He was a good boy when he was a child, but I believe that he derailed when he started mixing with bad groups. “This is painful because the boy in question is from my domain and Nnewi at large. Our people are not known for something like this; they are hardworking people. “I have never seen such a thing before, only God can adjudicate on an issue like this.

The present condition has not only put his family in confusion but the entire Nnewi clan. Whether dead or alive, he has brought shame to our people,” Oduonye said. Also, 38-year-old Ezenwa Oduonye, who resides in Guinea, told The Nation that the arrest of Evans was a shocking news to them. He said when he knew Chukwudi (aka- Evans), he was learning spare parts in Lagos, adding that they had never communicated on phone or seen each other in the last nine years. Another community leader in the village Chinaedum Obanye told The Nation that what the man did in Lagos was a taboo in Nnewi kingdom. He said the people of Nnewi were not known for things like kidnapping or armed robbery, adding: “Whatever you sow, you shall reap”.

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“Desperate People In Government Bent On Pulling Me Down” – Saraki

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The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki says he is unperturbed by the decision of the federal government to file an appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which upheld the plea of ‘no case submission’ he made on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration preferred against him.

In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki expressed confidence that the verdict of the Appeal Court would not be different from that of the CCT, as the facts of the case remain the same.

He added that the grounds, on which the CCT based its decision to acquit him, remained unassailable.

The Senate President said the appeal was nothing but another attempt to grandstand and embark on a media trial without any substance.

He said the outcome of the trial at the CCT was expected, considering the evidences given by the prosecution witnesses during examination and cross examination.

“Those who are running commentary on the ruling by the Tribunal and criticising it are those who are not even familiar with the case and the details coming out of the trial.

“Some desperate persons in government and their collaborators outside are bent on pulling him down at all costs, even if they destroy the institution of the judiciary in the process.

“That is why they sponsored stories of allegation of bribery in an online publication against the Tribunal judges.

“This same desperation made a man like Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) to appear on tape admitting in a foreign country that he interfered with the process in the tribunal in an unethical manner. He was instructing the judge on how to conduct the trial. Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money. When an official interferes with the judicial process with a view to achieving personal objectives, it is corruption,” the statement said.

Saraki called on security agencies to investigate those who made allegations of bribery in his trial and invite them to substantiate their claims.

The statement reads further: “We hear the same desperate people say there was so much evidence and are surprised at the verdict of the tribunal. But they forget to mention that this was a case that the prosecution counsel amended charges thrice. If as it is being portrayed to the public it was a straight forward case following investigation, how come every time their case was dismantled during the process, they went back to amend charges just in desperation to get a conviction?”

The Senate President notes that another sign of desperation by those who want to get him convicted at all cost was the failed antics of the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacob who in collusion with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sought to manipulate evidence at the tribunal.

“On realising the fundamental flaw in its case as it did not invite the defendant to make any statement at any point in the investigation, the prosecution brought in an agent of the EFCC to tender old statements Saraki made in a totally different and unrelated matter that had nothing to do with false asset declaration.

“The prosecution forgot that the letter inviting Saraki to make the tendered statements explicitly mentioned the matter being investigated. However, the Tribunal, as it is obvious in its ruling, saw through the dirty trick. It therefore disregarded that piece of evidence and described it as irrelevant and of no value to the case.

“If not desperation by the prosecution, why is the EFCC so involved in a case of false asset declaration which is an exclusive preserve of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)? All the evidence presented during the trial were from the EFCC. That is why the only CCB witness presented by the prosecution gave what the tribunal referred to as ‘hearsay evidence’.

“The CCB chief prosecutor testified that he got his instruction to investigate the case orally. He made his report from the investigation orally. Even the directive to ‘collaborate with EFCC’ on the investigation was given orally, a development the tribunal found strange and unknown to law.

“All these antics aimed at perverting the course of justice were obvious throughout the period of the tribunal’s sitting. Though, one is conscious of the fact that the anti-graft agency and its ally bodies are frantically looking for a poster-case to sell its anti-corruption campaign, and there is the hunger for conviction in a celebrated case to advertise in the international arena government’s determination to pursue the anti-graft campaign, we implore them to achieve this aim by allowing Justice to take its normal course.

“This appeal against the CCT ruling is nothing but another attempt to grandstand and embark on another media trial without any substance. This is why the Senate President is sure it will be another exercise in futility.

“Dr. Saraki has demonstrated his unflinching belief in and respect for the judicial process and its ability to resolve issues relating to fundamental rights of Nigerians. That belief in the judiciary is the basis for his assurance that the position of the CCT that he is not guilty of the charges preferred against him would be sustained in the higher courts.”

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“I stand with Falz”-Daddy Freeze shades 9ice

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Controversial Cool FM OAP, Daddy Freeze, has taken to Instagram to support comic rapper Falz, who trended on Twitter this week after he told entertainers to stop praising fraudsters in their songs.

According to Daddy Freeze, it is glorification of fraud that birthed people like Evans. Here’s what he wrote;

“I stand with @falzthebahdguy!

Its the glorification of Fraudsters that birthed the likes of Evans, and gave rise to the herds of moronic herbivores seeking his release!

Songs seemingly promoting fraud aren’t 9ice…….
~FRZ”

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Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday: 30 stats to celebrate Barcelona’s legend (glossy pics)

With Lionel Messi turning 30 on Saturday, Michael Hincks looks at 30 incredible stats to celebrate the Barcelona and Argentina forward.

 

 

The number 30

 

 

As Messi turns 30, it’s only apt we start with that very number, which can be traced back to his Barcelona debut on October 16, 2004.

Messi’s shirt bore said digits as he came on to make his first appearance for the senior side with eight minutes to go in a La Liga match at city rivals Espanyol.

Deco off, Messi on

The man Messi replaced to make his Barcelona debut was former Portugal international Deco, who was a player at the top of his game in 2004, having joined Barca after winning the Champions League with Porto and helping Portugal to the final of the Euros.

May 1, 2005

Seven and a half months after making his debut, Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona in a Liga match against Albacete at the Nou Camp – he became the youngest player to do so for the club in a league game (since beaten by Bojan Krkic).

The goal was every bit as sublime as we would come to expect as he effortlessly chipped the ball over the ‘keeper following Ronaldinho’s scooped assist.

Messi mounted the shoulders of his Brazilian team-mate in celebration – the Nou Camp knew they had a star in the making.

Gone in 90 seconds

Aged 18, Messi made his international debut in August 2005. It lasted 90 seconds. “It was not like I had dreamed it would be,” he said, somewhat unsurprisingly, after the game.

Having received the ball for the first time after coming on in the second half against Hungary, Messi was fouled by Vilmos Vanczak and immediately retaliated, earning himself a straight red card.

It remains the only time Messi has seen red for club or country.

Olympic gold

Messi’s trophy room (no cabinet would be big enough) even features an Olympic medal, after Argentina battled to gold at Beijing 2008. Messi netted twice in the tournament, while it was Angel Di Maria who scored the only goal in their gold-medal game against Nigeria.

60-year-old record – broken

Messi’s brilliance means many of Barcelona’s past legends have been displaced in record books.

In March 2012, the Argentine broke their 60-year-old goalscoring record held by Cesar Rodriguez, who played in the 1940s and 1950s, when netting his 233rd goal for Barcelona in a 5-3 win over La Liga rivals Granada.

Guinness World Record

2012 proved to be some year for Messi in terms of individual records. His tally of 91 calendar goals saw him topple the long-standing world record of 85, held by Gerd Muller.

Muller, who set the benchmark in 1972, told Sport1.de: “My record stood for 40 years – 85 goals in 60 games – and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I’m delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic.”

King of the world, five times

How could we ignore Messi’s five Ballon d’Or awards? The Argentine took home the crown from 2009 till 2012 and once again in 2015.

Every World XI since ’07

Messi has featured in every FIFA FIFPro World XI team since 2007 – that first side saw him feature alongside the likes of John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Didier Drogba, while the most recent XI contained team-mates Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo – who has also been ever-present since 2007.

One trophy-less season

Messi’s only trophy-less season with Barcelona came in 2007/08. The club finished third in La Liga, while they were knocked out of the semis in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

Double-treble

A trophy-less 2007/08 was followed by a fruitful 2008/09 campaign, with Barcelona becoming the first Spanish side to claim La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League glory in one season. Messi netted 38 times that season, while he went on to score 58 goals when they repeated the feat in 2014/15 – in what was Luis Enrique’s first of three seasons in charge at the Nou Camp.

30 trophies and counting

To date, Messi has won 30 trophies with Barcelona. Iniesta joins him on that number having played for the senior side since 2002.

Four final losses with Argentina

For all of Messi’s success with Barcelona, many have noted his failure at international level when it comes to major tournaments. The only cloud hanging over Messi’s legacy is that he has failed to lift a trophy with his country, having tasted defeat in one World Cup final (2014) and three Copa America finals (2007, 2015, 2016).

One international U-turn (and presidential plea)

The last of those final losses came against Chile in the 2016 Copa America. It all got too much for Messi, who retired from international duty afterwards, having missed a penalty in the decisive shootout.

The announcement caused a hullabaloo in Argentina. President Mauricio Macri even called Messi – whom he dubbed a “gift from God” – urging him to reconsider. Messi reversed his decision just a month later.

One global brand

Messi has appeared on the front cover of both Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA video games, while he also featured in adverts for Adidas, Pepsi and Turkish Airlines – to name but three. The endorsements mean Messi has featured prominently in Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid athletes – most recently coming fourth in 2017, having earned $53m (£41.5m) in salary/winnings and a further $27m (£21m) from sponsorship.

565 in 701

Back to football. The second half of our stat-pack will marvel at Messi’s goalscoring record – which stands at 565 goals in 701 games for club and country. 507 of those have come for the Catalan giants from 583 appearances, while his international record reads as 58 goals in 118 games.

Now let’s break down that tally of 565…

50-up in 2011/12

Messi became the first player ever to score 50 La Liga goals in one season, back in 2011/12.

However, he was powerless to prevent Real from storming to the title that year, with Jose Mourinho’s side finishing nine points clear of their great rivals.

1.217 ratio

Messi’s most fruitful season came at a ratio of 1.217 goals per game in 2011/12.

On top of his 50 league goals, he netted in the Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to take this overall tally to 73 goals in 60 games – an all-time record across the major European leagues.

349 La Liga goals, and counting

No player has more La Liga goals than Messi. He broke Telmo Zarra’s all-time record when notching his 252nd goal against Sevilla in 2015.

Now on 349, Messi is 64 goals clear of Ronaldo (285), who moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009.

74 penalties

Messi has scored 74 times from the spot for club and country and missed 20. That means 13.1% of his career goals have been penalties. It also makes for a 77.5% conversion rate from 12 yards out.

82% with his left

Messi’s left peg has tucked away 462 goals throughout his career – 82% of his total strikes. Meanwhile, 77 goals have come from his right foot, 24 with his head – two have gone down as ‘other’.

One ‘Hand of God’

One of Messi’s goals which falls in the ‘other’ category is his controversial handball goal against Espanyol in 2007. Many had started to compare Messi with Diego Maradona in terms of quality, but the fact that he emulated the legendary Argentine – whose famous ‘Hand of God’ steered Argentina past England at the 1986 World Cup – proved he could be just as deceitful.

Simply the chest

The second goal to fall under ‘other’ is Messi’s chested goal against Estudiantes in the 2009 Club World Cup final. Barcelona won 2-1 thanks to his improvised winner in the 110th minute – that was also the only goal Messi has scored in extra time.

The late show

Messi has scored 141 goals from the 76th minute up to full-time. Here’s a look at that injury-time winner from El Clasico earlier this year…

88 outside the box

No stranger to a screamer, Messi has netted 88 of his 565 goals from outside the box, meaning 477 have come from inside the penalty area.

40+ since 2008/09

For club and country, Messi has scored more than 40 goals every season since the 2008/09 campaign. He’s showing no sign of slowing down, with his most recent tally of 57 ranking as his joint-fourth best season in front of goal.

The tormentor of Sevilla

Messi has scored more than 20 goals against six different Spanish opponents, but no side have let in more than Sevilla. At a rate of 0.97 goals per game, Messi has found the net 29 times against Sevilla – six more than he has achieved against Real.

4 x 4

Messi has scored four goals in a game on four occasions. Three of those times came in La Liga, against Valencia (Feb 2012), Espanyol (May 2012) and Osasuna (Jan 2013), while he also achieved the feat against Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-final second leg back in 2010.

Five-goal haul

Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game when Barcelona humiliated Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in the last-16 second leg, back in 2012.

“His class is just extraordinary, there’s no discussion,” said Leverkusen boss Robin Dutt at the time. “Without Messi, Barca are the best team and with him, they are in another galaxy.”

Two pairs of Golden Shoes

Messi’s 37-goal haul in the league this season saw him claim the European Golden Shoe for a fourth time, having done so in 2009/10, 2011/12 and 2012/13. That equals Ronaldo’s feat, while Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid 2008/09) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool 2013/14, Barcelona 2015/16) are the only two players to have also taken home the Golden Shoe in the past decade.

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How her friend’s betrayal turned to blessing ! ( True life story)

FAMILIARITY not only breeds contempt, it also breeds a hotbed of opportunities for unfaithfulness. The more close-knit a crop of friends are, the wider the chances of swopping partners, albeit discreetly. Tope’s recent experience, however, took the cake when it comes to how far you can go in forgiving a friend who ‘snatched’ the partner you believed you could have married.

A few of us were in a ‘no-party-this-weekend’ drinking and chin-waging session when she suddenly invited me to one of her friends’ house-warming party a few days away. I’d never heard her mention this particular friend and no wonder, because when I asked her who she was, Tope actually looked a bit pensive. “I’ll tell you all about her on the way but I need you to come with me for much needed support.”

We’ve never stood for ceremonies when going out on the spur of the moment. As we nestled in the back seat of the car, Tope told me this friend, Cecilia, was once a close friend in their undergraduate days. “We did virtually everything together,” she reminisced, “and went to social outings as a foursome with our boyfriends. When I met David, she was the first person I told because she had a knack of assessing people.

We were room-mates then and I was glad David had a lot in common with her boyfriend. He was a freshly employed banker with a very promising future. Whenever either of our men visited, we had this unwritten rule of leaving the coast clear for some privacy. Cecilia did this regularly even when she fell out with her boyfriend. She was so miserably unhappy that I insisted she came with us on a few outings to take her mind off her grief, David used to grumble about three being a crowd, but I put my foot down.

Social Kiss

Cecilia was pathetically grateful to have a semblance of a social life and I was glad to be of help. After all, what were friends for? When she said she was pregnant a few weeks to our final exams, I was shocked. She had no serious boyfriend to speak of, and I asked who the father of her unborn child was. She said she met him when he recently came to Nigeria on a brief visit and had gone back. She was likely to join him after we graduated. I felt happy for her but was concerned she could jump into a relationship so quickly after her botched one. Was she on the rebound?

” A couple of months after we graduated, I called on her, hoping to cheer her up and discuss the new job I had just landed. I was intrigued to find David’s car parked in front of her parents’ house. What was he doing there? Her mum let me in and I went straight to her room. I was curious that David wasn’t anywhere to be found. I cautiously pushed Cecilia’s bedroom door open and the sight that greeted me made my world spin! David was on the bed with my best friend, his naked back to me, his trousers around his knees. They were obviously having a quickie!

“Cecilia, who was lying beneath him in spite of her rounded tummy saw me, her mouth, a shocked ‘O’! of surprise. “You bitch!” I yelled at her in frustrated anger. David turned at the sound of my voice and quickly scrambled to his feet when he saw me, pulling up his trousers as my best friend struggled to get into her clothes.

“l rushed blindly out of the room and ran smack into Cecilia’s mum. She’d heard the commotion and came to find out what was going on. ‘I just caught Cecilia having sex with my fiance!’ I spat at her. She looked shocked.

Was I sure David was my fiance? She obviously was in the dark as to my relationship with him. She said David was the father of Cecilia’s unborn child, that they were getting married in three weeks. Silently, she handed over a copy of the invitation card, still looking confused. It was then I knew what betrayal really was. I was inconsolable, and my parents were concerned about me. Most of our friends that I called told me they knew about the wedding but didn’t know how to tell me.

“For weeks I couldn’t make the terrible image of what I saw that day go away. I thought the whole world was laughing at me. David didn’t bother to contact me and neither did Cecilia. I nearly had a break-down when I saw pictures of their wedding in newspapers. A few months after the wedding, Cecilia sent a note through one of our friends. She’d had a baby girl. She wrote: I’ m awfully sorry for hurting you the way I did, it’s happened and you’re still my best friend. Do you think we can get over this?’

“I couldn’t believe she would have the nerve to ask for my blessing after she’d flattened the life I’d dreamt of having.  ‘Tell her I would go to the grave hating her!’ I told the friend she sent. Talk about stabbing you in the chest and turning the knife! That was over 20 years ago. I met my husband shortly after and couldn’t have asked for a more successful and understanding man. David was retrenched by the bank he worked for, and Cecilia now has to struggle to keep the family of three kids together. When the landlord started grabbing them by the throat, they hurried the completion of the bungalow they started building ages ago on the outskirts of Lagos.

“Cecilia shuttled between Nigeria and Britain from time to time and sent in money from her career job through the Western Union so the house could be habitable. I didn’t know all this until I ran into her at a friend’s house. She looked so contrite and despondent that being hostile to her would amount to kicking her when she was down.

“Haltingly, we got talking and she was her friendly self. The chemistry between us gradually returned and there was really nothing to hate about her. She’d put on a lot of weight and was a far cry from the sophisticated room-mate I’d known. Her marriage wasn’t all that happy either, and when she asked for my address and phone number, I gladly gave them to her, convinced she would not have the nerve to call.

“I was mildly surprised when she called at the house about a week later and was glad I lived in such a posh surrounding. It was then she invited me to a house-warming. I don’t think I’ve ever visited that neck of the woods their house is situated but I didn’t want to give the impression of a snob, so I agreed to come.

The driver knows the area, thank goodness.”

After veering off a tarred road and bumping dangerously through the very rough stretch of lane that leads to Cecilia’s bungalow, I really felt sorry for the poor woman. The place still needed to be painted and neighbourhood buildings weren’t impressive. Yet it was home to her family and as we went in, we were ushered in like VIPs. Cecilia was obviously happy to see us. Decked in a very expensive lace material that I’d once seen on Tope, I knew right away that Tope must have given it to her. “What else could I do?” she asked on our way back home.

‘I had so much and she had precious little. You should see how excited and grateful she was when I gave her a few of my clothes that I didn’t really need.

And did you see David? I’m glad that I had this opportunity to see both of them and finally lay the ghost that had hunted me for years. It was like revisiting the scene of the crime! David’s shabby look made me wonder what I ever saw in him.

“Thanks to their supposed betrayal, I found a better man and providence had more than compensated my loss. I intended to do whatever I can to make life easier for her. I mean, but for the grace of God, I would have been in her shoes! If we were useful to each other once, we could be useful to each other again. You can forgive anything if your hurt eventually works in your favour….”

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How Evans kidnapped, killed my 86-year-old father after collecting N15m – Ex-Super Eagles player

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When news broke that suspected notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike (AKA Evans) had been arrested in Lagos by the police on June 10, many people celebrated the security agencies that made it happen.

But far less known was the celebration it produced in the compound of the Iloenyosi family of Abagana, Anambra State.

For this family, the news of Evans arrest was a personal victory.

It all began one early morning on November 25, 2013 when the patriarch of the family, Chief James Iloenyosi, was kidnapped on his way back from mass.

His son, Chikelue Iloenyosi, former Super Eagles player who played professional football in France and Turkey, has not been able to get over what happened to his father. He narrated the event that quickly became a game of hide and seek between criminals and the law enforcement agents.

He told Saturday PUNCH in an emotion-laden tone that his father, who was 86 at the time, was on his way back from their local Catholic church when three SUVs double-crossed him and whisked him away.

He would never see his father alive again.

“When they took him away, they did not talk to us until after five days. They phoned my twin sister. She was sobbing when she called me that the kidnappers had made contact.

“When we the children gathered, my sister called the kidnappers again and they simply told us that they would call back. They did not call back until after another five days just to build our anxiety.”

The N50m ransom negotiation

According to Chikelue, with no idea what could be going on with his father, the kidnappers on the morning of the fifth day called to demand a ransom of N50m.

The routine of begging and pleading for the reduction of the ransom started at this point and after many days, they eventually reduced the ransom to N15m.

Chikelue said, “When we paid the N15m, my father was already dead and we did not know.

“What made me upset was that despite how seriously we worked to get him back, my father did not come out of it alive.”

But upon payment of the ransom, the kidnappers said they were not releasing their victim until the family brought more money. But they never heard from the kidnappers again.

Breakthrough arrests four months later

However, after four months of investigation into the kidnap, said to have involved hundreds of policemen in Anambra State combing the forest at the time, security agencies got a break when a member of the gang that kidnapped Chikelue’s father, a suspect known as Nonso, was arrested along with three other members of his gang.

Chikelue said at the time, Evans was already a popular criminal well known to the State Anti-Robbery Squad of the Anambra State Police Command.

He was said to be a wanted robber known for hitting bullion vans.

“The SARS boss in Anambra told me at the time that any suspect arrested for any major crime always mentioned the name of Evans,” he said.

According to him, the family had to involve a private investigator in the case at a point when there was no longer news about their father’s whereabouts months after the family paid the ransom.

In addition to this, he said a friend of his based in Israel helped to track his father’s line and traced it to a young lady, who said Nonso was his boyfriend.

Chikelue told Saturday PUNCH, “When we arrested the girl, she said Nonso only gave her the phone for safe-keeping, instructing her not to put it on. We started tracking Nonso. At a point, the current leader of the IRT, Abba Kyari, gave us 18 of his men to follow us to Cotonou, Benin Republic because our trace on Nonso’s line showed he was there.

“We got there and the police arrested a young man, who said he came to buy a car. He said the number was not his and that he only wanted to use it to call somebody in Nigeria. The police had to let him go when it was clear he knew nothing.

“Later we left the Cotonou guy. Again, our private tracker traced him to Lokoja, Kogi State.”

Evan’s gang member arrested in Lokoja

However, intelligence later suggested that Nonso was in Lokoja.

According to him, he and other members of the gang were said to have relocated there immediately they shared the ransom because many security agencies were after the gang.

Chikelue said after identifying the hotel the suspect might be hiding in, some members of the SARS team in Kogi State moved in to make the arrest.

He said, “I was in Lokoja for two months with a private tracker before we arrested Nonso.

“When we got to the hotel with the police that day, we requested for the list of the people staying at the hotel. The hotel staff mentioned a “small boy” with his girlfriend in one of the rooms.

“We knocked on the door and the girlfriend came out. He said her boyfriend was in the bathroom. But I was hearing a sound inside. He was trying to escape through the window but SARS operatives were already stationed around the hotel.

“He eventually came out and said his name was Emmanuel. But I knew it was him right away because we had been able to obtain his photograph ahead.

“But because I did not want him to panic, I pretended it was not him and told the SARS operatives in his presence that the person we were looking for was an older man.

“He relaxed and was going inside when I called him and said I wanted to ask him something. I dialled his phone number there and then when it rang, we took it and it showed the name ‘Kidnapper football’. The SARS operatives immediately pounced on him and handcuffed him.

“I asked Nonso if he knew me, he said he did not. I told him I was the footballer whose number he saved with that name. He then asked if I was ‘General’ – my alias – and I said yes.”

Saturday PUNCH learnt that as soon as Nonso was arrested, he became submissive.

He reportedly pleaded for his life, saying he would provide any information the police needed.

“He immediately told us that his leader was Evans. But he said there was no way we could get Evans because he had fled to Lagos after the completion of the operation. At this point, Nonso kept our hope alive. He said my father was still alive. He refused to give precise information,” Chikelue told our correspondent.

The ex-footballer said he was very hopeful at that point and believed he was indeed going to get his father back alive.

Nonso, who was transported back to Anambra in the company of SARS operatives later provided the police with Evans’ phone line, with which they started tracking him.

When the police team got to Anambra with the suspect, he reportedly began to plead not to be taken to SARS headquarters in the state for fear of being tortured and killed. He said he was willing to give up all the necessary information.

Nonso told the police that Evans was always on the move after each operation.

Chikelue said, “We were calling Evans to pinpoint his location but it was all abortive. Nonso was later made to call another member of the gang called Awolowo to inform him that there was an operation.

“But Awolowo said he did not want to do any operation at the time because his wife had just put to bed. Nonso said Awolowo was part of Evans’ Asaba, Delta State group.”

Suspects refused to confess

The police later arrested Awolowo and two others.

For many days, these suspects were said to have kept mum.

It was learnt that they refused to divulge any information about Evans, which the police suspected was owing to the fact that they had taken an oath.

In fact, one of the suspects, who was on the verge of confessing was said to have suddenly started acting like someone with a mental illness.

Even Nonso’s girlfriend who was also arrested was said to have refused to give any information that could implicate her boyfriend.

“The most shocking thing was that when the police interrogated Nonso, he said that if the SARS ever wanted peace in Anambra, they should kill the lady.  He said she was the one responsible for taking care of the gang and that she helped them buy drugs and collected ransom on their behalf,” Chikelue said.

But he said while all these were going on, his only concern was knowing his father’s whereabouts.

One day, while Chikelue was at the SARS office, he found a sudden ally in an armed robbery suspect called Onyeso, who was detained there.

Chikelue said, “He pulled me aside and said, ‘My brother, you are a good man because you always give money so that the police could buy us food when you come here’. He said he wanted to give me a privileged information.

“He said if we wanted any result, we should take Awolowo to the backyard and tell the police to shoot their gun in the air as if they had killed him. He said the other one would start confessing because they had indeed taken an oath.

“When the police did this, Nonso started confessing when he was told Awolowo had been killed. He said he would take us to where my father was buried.

“We journeyed into the forest for three and half hours before we got to where they buried him. I broke down and my sister who was there at the time fainted.”

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the late Pa Iloenyosi was buried around Nneyi village in Umueri community.

But most heartbreaking was the information that the old man might have been starved or beaten to death.

When Nonso was asked how the old man died, he explained that it was the fault of those manning the hideout where Evans kept the man.

Pa Iloenyosi was said to have been stripped to his underwear, kept in a cold room and beaten regularly in order to put more pressure on his children.

Chikelue said, “While we were negotiating for ransom, they would call and put the phone on speaker so I could hear how they beat him. My father would cry and beg me to find a way to ensure his freedom.

“We buried him few days after we found his body and started the search for Evans. One of the vital information Nonso gave us was that they were on their way to a robbery when they got information about my father and they diverted to Abagana to kidnap him. So, I was really particular about the arrest of Evans so that he could tell us who in our community gave them the information.”

Chikelue said he was the happiest man in the world the day he heard Evans had been arrested. But he said he was particularly upset when he read that Evans was begging for his life with the excuse that he had never killed a victim before.

“What Evans did to my family was the most painful thing anybody can experience. When I read he has been begging for sympathy, I just laughed. The death penalty for people like him is the only solution. Evans can never repent despite all the second chance he is begging for.”

Chikelue said the police were already aware of Evans connection to his father’s kidnap and murder and are taking it into account in the case against him.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command says it is liaising with its Lagos State counterpart on the records of Evans’ past crimes in the state.

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Meet 8 Nigerian Children Who Are On The Path Of Becoming Legends

The dreams of children are valid and hence must be nurtured.

In recent times, Nigerian children at a tender age have risen above the norm and shown that they can follow their dreams despite the obstacles.

Below are the 8  talented Nigerian children making us proud.

1. Emmanuella Samuel

Emmanuella, born July 6, 2010 is an actress and comedian making waves all around the globe. At just 6 years old, her videos on Youtube get as high as 8 million views. She gained a lot of fame online after her debut  appearance in the comedy skit, “My Real Face” by Mark Angel Comedy.

She has hosted comedy shows along side top rated Nigerian comedians like Basketmouth and Bovi. She is also a recipient of a number of awards among which is the G Influence Niger Delta Special Talent Award.

2. DJ Young Money

Super-kid DJ and Youngest DJ in West Africa, 10-year-old DJ Young Money signed a multi-million naira deal with K-Nation Entertainment, as the in house DJ of the Label.

The kid DJ who was official Disk Jockey at Tinubu’s Birthday earlier this month, has gotten accolades from Governor Ambode who tagged him as the future of African Entertainment.

3. Amarachi Uyanne

Amarachi Uyanne born July 17, 2004 popularly known by her stage name Amarachi, is a Nigerian child singer, dancer and violinist. She is best known for winning the maiden edition of Nigeria’s Got Talent.

She successfully debuted in the music industry with the chart-bursting single “Amarachi Dance” in 2013.

4. Ozzybosco

Ozzy Bosco born January 7, 2007 is the Wonderkid who rose to fame after winning the season 7 of the Nigerian Kids Got Talent award. The 10-Year-Old since then, recorded songs with the likes of Olamide, Flavour and Terry G.

He is the youngest African entertainer to be signed Brand Ambassador by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Tigo Milk (CWAY Food & Beverages).

5. Ify Ufele

Ify Ufele also known as Egypt was born on May 3, 2005  started her own plus size clothing line for kids after being bullied about her size. She made plus size clothes debut at New York Fashion Week in 2016. The Nigerian-American made the Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 List in 2016.

6. MaryLove Edwards

Marylove Edwards, born March 18,2005 who started playing tennis at age 4 won 2015 U-14 CBN Junior Tennis Championship and the NNPC Junior Tennis Masters. She just made History by ranking No.4 in the in the latest women singles tennis ranking just released by the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF).

7. Esther Okade

Esther Okade is a Nigerian-British born Math whiz-kid who stands out among her peers as she is one of the very few 10- year old’s that is already a university undergraduate.

According to CNN, this talented 10-year-old enrolled at the Open University, a UK-based distance learning college, in January and she is already top of the class, as she recently scored 100% in a recent exam. This outstanding youngster plans on finishing the course in two years and afterwards, going to do her PhD in financial maths when she is 13.

8. Zuriel Oduwole

Zuriel Elise Oduwole, born in 2002 is a girl education advocate and film maker best known for her works on the advocacy for the education of girls in Africa.  Her advocacy has since made her the youngest person to be profiled by Forbes. Zuriel is also the world’s youngest filmmaker to have a self-produced and self-edited work after her film showed in two movie chains, and then went on to screen in Ghana, England, South Africa, and Japan.

Oduwole has met with over 24 Presidents and Prime Ministers in line with her education advocacy work.

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38 Nigerian universities increase their school fees (SEE new amounts)

 

The average Nigerian would normally go to a federal university because of the affordability. However, even the federal university are starting to hike their prices, leaving many scared about the future of education for the average man in Nigeria.

There have been changes in school fees of some institutions, below is a table of such changes according to Vanguard:

Institution Old fees New fees

1. UNILAG N14,500 N63,500

2. ABU N27,000 N41,000

3. UNN N60,450 N66,950

4. OAU N19,700 N57,700

5. UNIZIK N20,100 N65,920

6. BUK N26,000 N40,000

7. UNIABUJA N39,300 N42,300

8. UDU N32,000 N43,000

9. NOUN N36,000 N41,000

10. UNIBEN N12,000 N49,500

11. UNILORIN N16,000 N75,500

12. FUTA N13,560 N83,940

13. FUTMINNA N20,000 N37,000

14. FUNAAB N18,250 N33,000

15. UNICAL N30,500 N42,750

16. UNIUYO N71,000 N84,250

17. FCET Akoka N16,000 N40,000

18. Osun Varsity N95,000 N135,500

19. ANSU N76,000 N139,000

20. LASU N96,750 N158,250

21. IBBU N25000 N52,000

22. IMSU N120,000 N150,000

23. PLASU N50,000 N100,000

24. MAPOLY N57,000 N75,000

25. Ibadan Poly N30,000 N50,000

26. Abia Poly N56,550 N61,000

27. Auchi Poly N14,800 N28,000

28. Osustech N70,000 N80,000

29. ESUT N104,900 N124,900

30. KWARAPOLY N28,000 N44,000

31. LAUTECH N65,000 N72,500

32. TASUED N66,500 N76,500

33. Afe Babalola N675,000 N1,075,000

34. Igbinedion N540,000 N820,000

35. Crawford N400,000 N600,000

36. Redeemers N545,000 N605,000

37. Covenant N774,500 N814,500

38. Benson Idahosa N284,300 N1,150,000

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See the suspects arraigned over the murder of Ghanian soldier Major Mahama as the trial begins

26 suspects out of the 52 people initially arrested for allegedly taking part in the lynching the late major were conveyed in a huge blue van, and arraigned at the District Court in Accra.

Other 26 suspects who were discharged have also been arrested for the police to carry out further investigation.
However, the state prosecutors handling the case pleaded in court that the three charge sheets before the court be consolidated into one.
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Major Maxwell Mahama
Major Maxwell Mahama
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Major Maxwell Mahama
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