Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the unprecedented media attention given the billionaire kidnap kingpin, Evans since his arrest by the police.
The capture of Nigeria’s most-wanted kidnapper should have been a cause for national celebration in the West African country, which has been blighted by high-profile abductions and ransom payments for years.
But instead, many Nigerians have been left angry by what they view as the national media glamorizing the crimes of Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, popularly known as Evans.
Police in the port city of Lagos captured Evans from Anambra State, in southeastern Nigeria, earlier in June following a ‘gun battle’ with the suspect and his associates.
The 36-year-old is allegedly responsible for the abductions of numerous victims, including foreign nationals, traditional chiefs and wealthy businessmen. For some of these, he reportedly demanded ransoms of up to $1 million—almost 400 times the average annual income of a person in Nigeria.
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