A suspected robber and kidnapper, Linus Opara, has said he did not know the magic by which suspected billionaire kidnapper, Evans, lured him into his kidnapping gang.
Linus, 53, spoke at the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command in GRA, Ikeja Lagos while narrating how he worked with the alleged kidnap kingpin before he was arrested.
“ The resident of No. 3, Apon Street, Olowola Bus Stop, Igando, Lagos, who said he ran a company-Linok Construction Company-based at No. 3 Umezinne Street, off Saint Peters Street, Alaba, Lagos, described himself as “a mere informant” to the alleged kidnap kingpin.
Embattled Evans, according to a police source, had revealed that Linus was one of his informants.
“I saw Evans for the first time the day I supplied a nutrition supplement because I am a distributor. The second time I met Evans was when policemen took me from their cell to an unknown place in Lagos, because I was blindfolded. I could not see where they were taking me to.”It was when they took me to Evans that they removed the blindfold and I saw him.
”During the first work I did for him, he sent a motorcycle rider to meet me at Olowola Bus Stop. He gave my phone number to him and he called me. When I met him, I asked him where he was taking me to. He said he was taking me to Trade Fair area. So I entered (sic) his motorcycle and he took me to under the bridge at Trade Fair.
”He drove (rode) towards Mile 2 area. Evans called me and asked where we were and I told him. But he asked me to go home; that I had done well. When we reached Alakija, I told him and he said I should not worry myself; that he had told others to allow me to go to my house. When he called again, he asked me to send my bank account number to him. I sent my First Bank account number to him and he wired the sum of N2 million to my account. I was surprised.
”The second time, it was the same process as he already had my bank account number. He sent me the sum of N700,000. When he called me for the third job, I told him that I was not interested, because I started sensing some errors in the business, like getting afraid for the kind of money he was giving me. The money he was giving me in the twinkle of an eye was bigger than the money I used to make in a whole year as a civil engineer”.