A car dealer identified as Nnayelu Okonkwo, who kidnap kigpin Evans “paid” $102,000 to purchase a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon from the United State of American, has been arrested by the police.
According to a report, the car dealer was apprehended after weeks of trailing him, following the alleged confessions by Evans on how he spent his the money he made from kidnapping.
Evans was said to have informed the police when he was arrested that he sent part of the proceed he made from the kidnapping of James Uduji to the car dealer. Uduji an industrialist, paid $1.2million ransom before he was released by Evans.
According to Vanguard, Police sources said Evans called off the deal before the vehicle was delivered to him and Okonkwo refunded the sum of $67,000 to him, adding that the balance of $34,000 was still in Okonkwo’s possession when Evans was arrested.
Okonkwo said that he didn’t know that the money Evans paid to him was a proceed of kidnapping.
He said he couldn’t return the complete balance to Evans after he called off the deal, because the money was not in his possession, he also alleged that Evans lawyer, Ogunbeje, also collected $90,000 from the said money.
“I didn’t know that the money Evans sent to me in America was a proceed of kidnapping and when he was arrested I felt I was in trouble. I tried to inform the police about it, I don’t know who to call.
“But Evans lawyer started calling me and he mounted so much pressure on me and I was forced to pay the equivalent of $90,000 into his account. Evans father, also called and asked that I should give the money to his lawyer.”