An attempt by the suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike (a.k.a. Evans), to escape from the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison’s custody in Lagos at the weekend has been foiled, according to a police source.
Evans is currently standing trial before an Ikeja High Court for alleged conspiracy and kidnapping alongside five others. namely Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.
His accomplices, who are being tried for the same offence are Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.
Following his attempt to escape, the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has reportedly formed a heavy security ring around the kidnapping kingpin.
Evans, who was arrested in June this year, allegedly planned to give between $50,000 and $100,000 to one of the guards manning his cell to facilitate his escape.
A police source said Evans was allegedly coordinating his escape bid with some members of his gang by telephone which he obtained through “suspicious” means.
“When Evans was in our custody, he tried to escape but we were able to abort all his plans.
“We discovered that he had access to phones which were hidden in the middle of loaves of bread and other solid food brought to him.
“He was making calls from these smuggled phones in the middle of the night, making arrangements with some yet to be identified members of his gang to arrange for his escape. We intercepted how he was
“We intercepted his conversation on how he was enticing one of the guards with about 100,000.
“He wanted an insider to serve as informant to him and members of his gang,” the source said.