An Ikeja High Court, Lagos, has sentenced Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans) and two of his accomplices – Uche Amadi, and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.
In his ruling, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, said, “none of the three convicts showed any remorse to the crimes but tried to lie their way out.
“The law is the law and must be upheld. The maximum sentence for the crime of kidnapping in Lagos state is life imprisonment, and the court has no powers to exercise its discretion in this regard,” the judge remarked.
The judge also acknowledged the “harrowing experience” of the victim, Donatus Duru, who spent 88 days in captivity, was shackled and blindfolded, until he was able to escape
Markle, 40, and Harry, 37, live in California after stepping down from royal duties in 2019, which caused them to lose their UK taxpayer-paid protection.
Last month, Harry appealed to the UK courts after the government refused to allow him to pay for police protection out of his own pocket, arguing the decision means he cannot return home.
A lawyer for Harry told a London court last week that the UK “will always be his home,” but that his own private security team in the US does not have adequate jurisdiction or access to UK intelligence necessary to keep his family safe.
The government lawyer dismissed Harry’s offer to pay for police protection as “irrelevant,” writing to the court that personal “security by the police is not available on a privately financed basis.”
The couple have recently taken legal action against a number of publications, alleging invasion of privacy.
Following her second court victory against Associated Newspapers in December for breach of privacy — over the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged father — Markle called for a reform of tabloid culture.
The industry, she said, “conditions people to be cruel and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”