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‘Kidnap kingpin’ Evans’ codefendant dies in custody

Chiemeka Arinze, one of the codefendants in the alleged kidnap trial of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in the custody of the Correctional Services.

Newsmen report that Arinze was charged alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka and Udeme Ukpong.

They were accused of the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors.

They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

They were also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.

According to his death certificate obtained by the NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9:08 pm on November 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.

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The death certificate, which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, signed by Dr B.E. Salisu, indicated that the deceased, who died at the age of 45, was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.

According to officials of the Correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre to a General Hospital on Friday, where he passed away.

As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Ogedi Ogu, was in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case.

Ogu disclosed to the newsmen that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case.

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