‘Why I Collected Ransom In Dollars’- Kidnap Kingpin, Evans - 4 years ago
The suspected kidnap kingpin, Evans, arrested yesterday in Lagos has revealed why he demanded ransom in dollars. Evans, who was paraded at the state police Headquarters in Ikeja on Sunday, spoke with newsmen. Recall that he had earlier told police investigators he has two houses in highbrow Magodo Estate in Lagos, which he bought for N130 million and N70 million. Evans, who disclosed that he had been in the kidnapping business for 10 years, also confessed to have two four bedroom houses in Ghana. He claimed to have a wristwatch he bought for $170,000 and nine phones, three of which cost $6,000 each. Evans, however, said he chose to collect ransom in dollars to be different from other kidnappers. He claimed that he lost N20 million to customs officers, which made him to leave his trade. Evans, who wasn’t sure of how many people he had kidnapped, said the highest he had collected as ransom was one million dollars. The suspect said, “I can’t figure out how much I have collected so far or how many people I have kidnapped, but I have kidnapped up to 10 since 2015. “I choose to collect ransom in dollars to be different, and the maximum I have collected as ransom so far is 1 million dollars. “I work in two groups, a team moves with me to kidnap victims while we hand over to the other team that takes the victim to the hide out. “Kinsley introduced me to kidnap, but I usually get my ammunition from one Chinedu and Ehis whom I met at Ago-Iwoye. “I also do drug business that enabled me to buy my property,” the suspect said. Meanwhile, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood said that the suspect had collected billions of naira from his victims and had property in and outside the country. According to Moshood, Evans was declared wanted in 2013, following a kidnap attempt that was foiled by the police.