The father of the arrested kidnap kingpin, Evans, has blamed his mother for manipulating him spiritually into a life of crime.
The father of the billionaire kidnapper and drug trafficker recently arrested by the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Chukwudi Dumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans, Stephen Onwuamadike, has pleaded with the police to forgive his son as he was misled into a life of crime by his mother.
According to New Telegraph, the older Onwuamadike who lamented that he did not know that his son was living in ill-gotten affluence in Lagos while he wallowed in poverty in the village, said he was shocked when he saw his son being paraded on the television after his arrest.
The old man said the last time he saw Evans was in 2008 and had warned him to desist from crime and had no idea that his son had come into so much wealth albeit acquired illegally.
Onwuamadike who lives in his country home at Akammili, Umudim, Nnewi Local Government Area of Anambra State, said that he tried his best to raise Evans by sending him to the best schools around but insisted that it was when his mother left him when he was three-years-old, that she started manipulating him which culminated into his becoming a crime kingpin.
In the interaction, the father said he used to be very wealthy but Evans' mother led to his downfall and she left him with nothing, taking along the young child with her.
His current wife and her son also accused Evans' mother of being the person behind Evans' predicament, painting him as a good and loving son who was only under the influence of his mother.
"I am begging the Federal Government to forgive Evans and give him another chance. I have not been able to sleep since I received the phone call informing me that my son has been arrested.
My son is a good boy, but his mother misled him. She manipulated him spiritually. I was devastated when I heard the news through a telephone call; since that call, I had not been able to sleep.
I believe in a straight forward and honest life. If I noticed someone is not honest, I run away from the person. When my business was thriving, I did business with white people.
I was one of the early millionaires that emerged from this town until things went wrong courtesy of my first wife in 1985. She caused me so many problems and eventually caused my financial ruins.
In fact, she brought me down to where I am today. I’m suffering and I can barely put food on my table.
I tried to raise my son well and send to good schools but my estranged wife kept interfering in his academics.
You won’t believe that my son, Chukwudumeje (Evans) has not visited home since 2008. The last time I saw him was 10 years ago. I asked him the sort of business he was into. He said he was into drug trafficking.
I advised him to desist because it was an illicit business and the law was against it. I told him plainly that it was better to be involved in a legitimate business and wait for God’s blessings.
I did good business and it thrived; I was very successful. I have traveled to so many countries of the world in the course of my business.
His mother started manipulating him when he was only three years old; look at where it has got him. I don’t even have his phone number.
I’m pleading with the Nigerian authorities to have mercy on him and give him a second chance. He was misdirected and misled by his mother.
I heard about all the millions, and I said to myself; so I have such manner of a rich son and the roof over my house is leaking? I now survive by selling pigs.”
Evans’ stepbrother, Chidolie Onwuamadike who also spoke, said his brother’s ruin was caused by his mother, noting that if Evans had followed their father’s advice, he wouldn’t have become a criminal.
“As brothers, we don’t even interact at all. I don’t have his number and my heart is pained because he is such a loving, nice guy from the little I know of him.”
Evans' mother, Etty Onwuamadike, while speaking, tearfully pleaded with the government to give her son a second chance:
“Chukwudumeje was a nice boy when he lived with me. The only gift I gave him years back was the Holy Bible. I don’t want my son to die. I’m still convinced he will serve God.”
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