Following the uncovering of kidnap dens ran by suspected kingpin, Chukwudemeje George Onwuamadike alias Evans, owners of bungalow structures at Jakande Estate, Isolo, Monday commenced profiling of their tenants.
The landlords, who expressed shock at the revelations by Evans, said they have started issuing forms to their tenants to establish their means of livelihood and other vital information.
According to residents, they usually saw young men at the bungalow situated at Green Street, which Evans used as detention camp but never suspected anything.
One Fatai Owolola said: “We never knew that the building was used to keep kidnapped victims. I only saw two young men going in and out of the bungalow without suspecting anything.
“The only time cars came in there was at night and it would immediately drive out. They took advantage of the quietness of the vicinity to carry out their evil deeds. Everybody goes out in the day time and comes back at night without nosing into other people’s businesses.”
Another resident, Mrs Chikwendu Odinaka, who said she has been in the neigubourhood for over 10 years, said: “Community leaders of all the bungalow streets have printed out forms to residents. The forms are to know the names and places of work of residents.
“The affected streets are Brown, Purple, White, Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Gold and Orange, Blue and White.”
The Nation gathered that Intelligence Response Team (IRT) operatives, who participated in Evans’ arrest allegedly, looted his house.
A source, who hinted on the development, said the detectives looted dollars, euros and other expensive household items.
He said: “Honestly, we got money from the house. There was so much money and men were picking. I cannot say the exact amount of money but what you heard is true.”
Another policeman, who didn’t go for the operation, lamented, noting that he would have become a millionaire.
He said: “I was pained because I didn’t follow them. I would have been a millionaire by now. My colleagues who went got hard currencies. You know they won’t declare how much they got but they told us they looted money.”
Meanwhile, rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) Monday reiterated his call for adequate police protection and fair trial for Evans.
Falana faulted the police on the media trial of Evans, calling for thorough investigation on all the leads and persons mentioned by the suspect.
He said: “The police in collusion with the media, usually violate the rights of the people by conducting media trial. Though some of these cases are sensitive, we must all ensure the suspect does not die in custody.
“He has named a lot of accomplices, including a traditional ruler/consultant. He has talked about a businessman, who paid him so that he and his family would not be kidnapped.
“The suspect has said he has three palatial mansions in Ghana. So, there is need for full investigation in this matter. His banks need to be investigated for money laundering and failure to disclose suspicious transactions.
“The investigation has to be extensive. The media must corporate with the police for Evans to be brought to trial. He should be kept alive to tell his story in court for the benefit of society.”
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