Nigeria Police Threatened To Kill Evans If He Did Not Plead Guilty – Lawyer

Counsel to billionaire kidnapper Evans, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, has revealed that the police forced the guilty plea from him and affirmed that his client would change his plea by the next adjourned date. He said: “I can tell you categorically and unequivocally that it was motivated, influenced, forced on him by the police. I assure you, by the next adjourned date, that guilty plea would be changed to not guilty.
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“He told me personally that the police told him if he doesn’t plead guilty, they would kill him. This morning, they did not allow me to see him. That is why I was telling the judge to grant us an adjournment to enable us confer with our client in line with provisions of section 36 (6) (2) of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. After he pleaded guilty, I struggled to get to him and ask him: ‘Why did you do so’? He told me the police asked him to do so and added that he is ready to change his plea.”
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The Second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani, however has commended Mr Evans and described his guilt plea as a welcomed development for the young man not to waste the time of the government in persecuting the case. He said Evans has done himself good by not trying to deny which is common with almost all the defendants in criminal cases and urged the court not to give him a ridiculous sentence on account of that.
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