A Lagos High Court presided over by Olukayode Ogunjobi on Wednesday ordered convicted kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (a.k.a Evans), to refund 233,000 Euros he collected as ransom from his victim, Donatus Dunu.
The judge also ordered the convict to pay N50 million to Mr Dunu as general damages.
Evans and his gang kidnapped Mr Dunu, a pharmacist on 14 February 2017 and held him hostage before he managed to escape.
After his escape, Mr Dunu, Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Company filed Suit No: LD/5243GCM/2018 demanding the refund of the 223,000 Euros he paid as ransom while in the custody of the kidnap kingpin. He also demanded N50 million as damages.
In his testimony before the court, the claimant added that the defendant asked him to instruct his brothers, Anslem Dunu and Innocent Dunu to pay the ransom.
The pharmacist stated that the 233,000 Euros was paid but Onwuamadike refused to release him but he eventually escaped from captivity.
Mr Dunu’s brother, Anslem, also gave evidence and said that on 14 February 2017, another brother of his, Innocent Dunu, informed him that the claimant had been abducted.
Anslem told the court that on 15 February 2017, a day after Mr Dunu’s abduction, he spoke with the claimant on phone and he instructed him to pay his abductors N100 million as a ransom for his release. He stated that the abductors later demanded one million Euros.
Anslem added that it was one of his relatives, one Uchenna Okagwu that delivered the sum of 233,000 Euros to the abductors.
The witness was not cross-examined.
In his defence, Evans contended that the strength of the claimant’s case was predicated majorly upon the criminal trial against him and others in Suit No. 1D/5970C/2017.