Evans was arrested in one of the houses in Lagos on Saturday, after eluding police radar for five years.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspect was arrested in his mansion in Magodo area of the state.
Chukwudubem Onwuamadike was arrested at his Magodo residence around 1pm by operatives of the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
According to The Nation, the operatives got intelligence Evans was hiding in his Magodo mansion where he was surrounded.
The suspect was said to have run to the roof of the house for emergency exit but the policemen caught up with him.
In the course of his arrest, he slammed the door against the operatives and injured a policeman.
It was gathered that four AK47 rifles and over 50 magazines were recovered from the house.
Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris had earlier announced N30 million bounty on him for anyone with useful information that could lead to the his arrest.
He has been responsible for many high profile kidnapping in the southwest, south south and south eastern parts of Nigeria.
A very brilliant and smooth criminal
According to reports, Evans is said to be a brilliant criminal, who has given security forces sleepless nights.
He was said to have collected billions of Naira as ransom from his victims, including expatriates, business moguls and public office holders.
A police source, who hinted on the arrest, said Idris deployed all resources at the Force’ disposal in the hunt for Evans.
The focus in the last one month has been to catch Evans alive so as to put an end to his criminal activities which has put many Nigerians life at risk.
Suspect was arrested on a tip off:
“SOMEONE CALLED AND GAVE INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS. WHEN WE GOT THERE, HE HID INSIDE THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE. HE COULD NOT WITHSTAND THE PRESSURE ON HIM FROM THE POLICE.
WHILE VAMPIRE WAS THE DEADLIEST KIDNAPPER IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA AND WAS CAUGHT SOME MONTHS AGO DURING A GUN BATTLE, EVANS REMAINS THE MOST BRILLIANT, RICHEST AND CRAFTY KIDNAPPER IN THE COUNTRY’S HISTORY”
The suspect told police investigators he had two houses in Magodo, which he bought for N130million and N70million.
Claiming to have been in the kidnapping business for 10 years, Evans also confessed to have two four bedroom houses in Ghana.
He claimed to have a wristwatch he bought for $170,000 and nine phones, three of which cost $6,000 each.
The kidnap kingpin said he sent his wife away when he realised the police were closing in on him, he once relocated to Ghana and almost escaped to Ghana or somewhere else as he was planning to travel abroad before he got caught this time.
The suspect, while being paraded at the State’s Police Command in Ikeja, told newsmen that he started the business of kidnapping in 2015, after he left his spare parts business.
He claimed to have lost N20 million to customs officers, which made him to leave spare parts trade behind and turn to crime.
Evans wasn’t sure of how many people he had kidnapped, said the highest he had collected as ransom was one million dollars.
“I can’t figure out how much I have collected so far or how many people I have kidnapped, but I have kidnapped up to 10 since 2015.
RANSOM IN DOLLARS TO SHOW CLASS
“I choose to collect ransom in dollars to be different from other kidnappers in the country, and the maximum I have collected as ransom at once so far is 1 million dollars.
Modes of Operation
“I work in two groups, a team moves with me to kidnap victims while we hand over to the other team that takes the victim to the hide out.
“Kinsley introduced me to kidnap, but I usually get my ammunition from one Chinedu and Ehis whom I met at Ago-Iwoye.
“I also do drug business that enabled me to buy my property,” the suspect said.
The Force PPRO, Jimoh Moshood said Evan has collected billions of naira from his victims and has property in and outside the country.
The police described Evans, a native of Nnewi, “as the vicious leader of a highly organised kidnap-for-ransom syndicate and criminal gang terrorising and responsible for several kidnap of notable/prominent Nigerians in Lagos State, including the Western, Eastern, South-South and some Northern States”.
Evans has been a person of serious interest to the police since 2013 following a failed kidnap attempt and has been declared wanted ever since.
The suspect is currently being interrogated by the police.
This story will continue as events unfolds
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