Suspected kidnap kingpin Evans’ codefendant dies in custody

Kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans

Chiemeka Arinze, one of the codefendants in the trial of alleged kidnapper Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in prison custody.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Arinze was charged  alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka and Udeme Upong with the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianodo, chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors

They are standing trial before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The suspects are also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.

According to his death certificate obtained by NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9.08pm on November 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.

The death certificate which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle signed by Dr B.E Salisu indicated that the deceased who died at the age of 45 was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.

According to officials of the correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center to a General Hospital on Friday where he passed away.

As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Ogedi Ogu is in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case which is slated for hearing.

He disclosed to NAN that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case.