The arrested billionaire kidnap kingpin, Evans, has been singing like a canary while in the hands of the police in Lagos.
According to Police sources, before his arrest, Evans was a tough talking, fear-instilling bandit who evoked terror in the hearts of his victims and the families while negotiating for ransom but now that nemesis has caught up with him, he is opening a Pandora box of his secret operations.
The latest in Evans' confessions is opening up on the victims he kidnapped during his reign of terror and how much he collected from each of them.
Though he reportedly told the police that he has lost count of the number of people he had kidnapped and how much he collected as ransom from them, he was, however, able to mention a few.
See the list of Evans'kidnap victims here:
Mr. Mbarikatta William Uboma was abducted at the Festac Town area of Lagos State on June 16, 2012, where the sum of N20 million was collected as ransom before he was released.
Mr. Paul Cole from Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was kidnapped by Evans' gang on August 23, 2012, at Festac Town where N20 million was also paid before he was released.
Mr. Mohammed Jamal, a Lebanese, was kidnapped on August 19, 2012, at Ajah, Lagos, and paid the sum of N17 million to the gang to regain his freedom.
Evan’s gang also kidnapped Mr. Kingsley Nwokenta on September 19, 2012, after he left the Lebanon Bar in Festac Town and he had to pay N15 million in addition to his black Toyota Venza car that the gang seized as part of the ransom for him to be freed.
The gang was also responsible for the abduction of Mr. Anthony Ozoanidobi on October 10, 2012, along Marwa Road in Satellite Town where N15 million was paid before he was taken to Apple Junction, Amuwo-Odofin, in Lagos and released.
The ingenious Evans also masterminded the kidnap Mr. Leo Abraham in Lagos on August 20, 2012, and was only released after his family paid a ransom of N15 million. He was dumped at Badagry Road in Lagos.
A Toyota spare parts dealer, Ojukwu Cosmas who has shops at the Aspanda Trade Fair, Lagos, was kidnapped on January 21, 2016, at Festac Town and had to pay a huge ransom of $1 million to secure his release.
Mr. James Uduji who was kidnapped by the gang at Seventh Avenue, Festac Town late last year, was made to pay the sum of $1.2 million after being held for six weeks before he was released, while Chief Raymond Okoye Odu-Na–Ichida who was kidnapped in 2015, also paid $1 million to regain his freedom after two months in captivity.
A big time trader at the Alaba International Market, Lagos, Uche Okoroafor, was kidnapped by the Evans gang in 2015 and was in captivity for three months, also paid the sum of $1 million for his freedom, just as Elias Ukachukwu who was kidnapped by the gang in November 2015, also paid $1 million for his release.
Another spare parts dealer at the AspandaTrade Fair, Francis Umeh, was kidnapped in July 2016, at the Raji Rasaki Estate and also paid $1 million to secure his release after being in captivity for many months.
But the gang's downfall came when they kidnapped a pharmacist and importer of drugs, Donatus Duru, on February 14, 2017, in the Ilupeju area of Lagos. The family of the victim allegedly paid the N150 million Evans had requested to secure his release but he refused to release Duru, saying that the family members had been rude to him and therefore, must pay an additional N150 million before he would be released.
However, by providence, Duru was able to escape from the gang's safe house manned by Uche Amadi and his wife, Ogechi on May 12, 2017. It was the escape of Duru, according to Evans, that caused problems for the gang leading to internal wranglings and betrayals which were the harbinger of his arrest.
In Edo State, Evans confessed that the gang kidnapped one Ohunyon Ernest in November 2011 and he had to pay N85 million, just as Dan Odiete who was also kidnapped by the gang in Benin City in 2013, paid N100 million to regain his freedom.
The owner of Uyi Technical was kidnapped by Evan’s gang in Benin City in 2013 paid N100 million for his freedom while one Tom, paid N100 million as ransom after he was kidnapped in Benin in 2012.
The owner of Kings Paint was also kidnapped in Benin City in 2010 by the gang and had to pay N40 million to regain his freedom as well as one Mr. Randeki, who was kidnapped by the gang in 2010, paid N30 million for his release.
Evans has been described by the police as a very ingenious and brilliant kidnapper who kept different gangs with different roles, and none of the gang members knew his whereabouts at any particular point in time, even his second in command was only contacted by phone whenever he was needed.