Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos yesterday ordered suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike; a.k.a Evans, to either get the service of a lawyer or defend himself. Evans was docked alongside five others: Uche Amadi, Okechukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba and Ogechi Uchechukwu on a two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

Evans and the other defendants were accused of kidnapping one Mr. Sylvanus Ahamonu and held him hostage for at least nine weeks before collecting a ransom of USD 420,000 from his family. The kidnap kingpin is also facing trial before two other Lagos High courts for similar kidnapping charges.

When the matter came up for hearing today, Evans had no legal representation. However, Lawyers who announced their appearances for other defendants include Chris Obiaka (for the 2nd & 3rd defendants), Mr. O. Aja (for 4th defendant), while A.A Uzouku and Emmanuel Ochai appeared for 5th and 6th defendants respectively. Evans, however, told the court that his people are making efforts to secure the service of a new lawyer for him. Justice Oshodi who was disturbed by the development warned Evans, who had changed counsel on three occasions that he will be compelled to enter defence for himself if he is not represented during the next hearing.