There was drama at a high court in Igbosere, Lagos, on Monday as Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, staged a protest.
He refused to alight from the vehicle which conveyed him from the prison to court. After failing in the bid to convince the suspect to follow him to the court room, the prison official told the judge that the suspect refused to come inside.
Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, ordered that Evans should be bundled. He was eventually forced inside the court. While inside, Evans signaled the judge that he needed to speak.
When the judge acknowledged him, he said: “I have an explanation to make. Since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me; no visit, they don’t feed me well, I have eye problem and I can not see afar.”
One of the prison officials opposed him, saying he was being treated well and that a doctor still visited him recently but the suspect said he was only seen by a nurse.
The judge asked the prison officials to treat him well, emphasising that Evans had not been convicted. The judge stood down the case but as soon as he rose, Evans broke down in tears, saying: “What have I done to you people? They have been beating me; no good food; I have been locked up in one place since last year; why are they taking my case personally? Why do you people want to kill me.”
This is not the first time that Evans, who is facing charges bordering on kidnapping, will complain of being starved in detention.
But Rotimi Oladokun, spokesman of the lagos command of the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), denied the allegation, saying Evans was being fed like other inmates.
“It was misinformation on his part. He has always been treated like any normal prisoner. He is well fed and well taken care of with all the amenities provided (for him). He has access to medical facilities and everything. He is being treated properly. It is not true that he was not given food for five days. Every inmate is entitled to three square meals daily,” he had told Newsmen.