Court rules that Evans was not forced to confess

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A Lagos High Court Sitting in the Igbosere area has ruled that the confessional statement made by Suspected Kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans was voluntarily made.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye also held that Evans admitted during a “trial within trial” to determine the voluntariness of the statement, that while he was making his confessional statement, there were no chains on his legs and no knife was held over his head. The judge said, “Once the basic requirements in obtaining statements from an accused person has been followed and no injustice can be said to have been caused to the defendant, the rules of evidence requires that the statement will be relevant and admissible in law.

“I consider the allegations of duress made by the defendant as an afterthought, however, none of the allegations made by the defendant was proved by him. “Having considered the evidence before the court and having the opportunity to hear the witnesses, I have no reason to doubt the evidence of the prosecution witnesses.

“I therefore hold that the prosecution has established the voluntariness of the statement sought to be tendered.

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