Kidnapper Evans’ gang members jailed for 41 years

Two former gang members of billionaire kidnapper, Evans, were, on Monday, sentenced to 41 years in prison by an Ikeja High court sitting in Lagos State. .

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the convicts, 32-year-old Kelvin Emenike Ukoh and Emeka Obasi, 33, over the abduction of one Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and his staff, Miss Piriye Gogo on August 3, 2012.

The convicts were arraigned in 2013 on a 14 count-charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

The gang had kidnapped Ugoje and Gogo who were taken to an unknown destination by their leader, Evans. Miss Gogo said she was almost raped inside the car, but was saved by her monthly menstrual period.

While being led in evidence before the court, Gogo disclosed that during the abduction, one of the kidnappers, Obasi, came into the car, after dragging her boss out for negotiation and started fondling with her breast.

Gogo said, “He came into the car, tore my clothes, pulled down a side of my bra and began caressing my breast. He thereafter started dragging down my shirt and I began begging him. .

I begged him until I had nothing else I could plead with. I begged him intensely for mercy and even told him that I was menstruating.

It was as though all my pleas fell on deaf ears. I had to insert my hand into my vagina just to show him. The blood I showed him prevented him from raping me. It was a terrible experience.”

Also testifying, Jude said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they collected N5m.

After listening to them, the trial judge, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively.

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