A suspected kidnap kingpin , Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike , also known as Evans , who was arrested by police in Lagos
said on Sunday that he chose to collect ransom in American dollars to be different from other kidnappers .
The suspect, while being paraded at the Lagos Police Command in Ikeja , told newsmen that he started kidnapping in 2015 , after he left his spare parts business , a claim that contradicted the police statement that he was declared wanted in 2013 .
He claimed that he lost N20 million to Customs officers , which made him to leave his trade .
The suspect was arrested in his mansion in Magodo area of the state on Saturday
Evans , who 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 .
“ I chose to collect ransom in dollars to be different, and the maximum I have collected as ransom so far is I million dollars .
“ 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 .
“ Kingsley introduced me to kidnapping , 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 .my
According to the police , Evans collected $ 1 million from no fewer than four of his victims.
Among them are :
* James Uduji , who was kidnapped close to his house at 7 th Avenue Festac late last year. The Evans gang held him for six weeks . He paid $ 1 million to regain his freedom .
* Chief Raymond Okoye – Odu – Na – Ichida ,, who was kidnapped in 2015 . He also paid $ 1 million as ransom. He was released after two months in captivity.
* Uche Okoroafor , a trader at Alaba who was also kidnapped in 2015 for three months, also paid $ 1 million .
* Elias Ukachukwu kidnapped November 2015 similarly paid $ 1 million . The police said the Evans gang demanded an additional $ 1 million , claiming family members were rude to them during negotiation.
The Force PPRO , Jimoh Moshood said that the suspect had collected billions of naira from his victims and had property in and outside the country .
He said that Evans was declared wanted in 2013 , following a kidnap attempt that was foiled by the police .
Moshood said further investigation into his activities were ongoing.