Notorious kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans who recently confessed to a myriad of crimes has now said he was coaxed to enter a guilty plea when he was arraigned and charged before an Ikeja high court on Wednesday by the police.
According to Olukoya Ogungbeje who is Evan’s lawyer the accused will be retracting his earlier plea as his client is not guilty of the charges and had been threatened by the police to do so or be killed.
Evans will however be remanded in Kirikiri prison till October 19 as his case has been adjourned by the sitting judge, Hakeem Oshodi.
“The information/charge sheet was served on us in open court hence, the need to confer with our client to enable us avail ourselves with the constitutional right of adequate time and facility to put up our defence,” Ogungbeje said in a statement.
“The court, after turning down our plea for adjournment, immediately ordered that the counts charges be read to him and others despite our plea for the adjournment to enable us confer with our client in accordance with the law.
“After the purported guilty plea of our client and the court rose, we stressed to have brief discussion time with our client and he told us clearly that the police told him to plead guilty failure to which they would kill him.
“This is definitely unconstitutional and we intend to challenge this unconstitutional procedure for hoodwinking, undue influence, brainwashing and coercion on an accused into entering a guilty plea against his wish and free will.
“He pointedly told us that being informed us that being informed now, he will change his police-motivated guilty plea to not guilty at the next adjourned date.
“It is settled law that plea of guilty must be made voluntary and direct devoid of any influence, coercion and manipulation.
“In the meantime, after our brief conferring with our client in open court, he made it known to us that he will change his police motivated guilty plea to ‘not guilty’ at the next adjourned date.”