A Lagos-based pharmacist, Emeka Egbulugha, has commenced a N200m libel lawsuit against one of Evans’ victims, Chief Donatus Dunu.
Dunu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of a pharmaceutical company, Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited, had been kidnapped by Evans’ gang on his way home in the evening of February 14, this year.
The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of €1m from Dunu’s family, threatening to kill him if the money was not provided.
Dunu, upon regaining his freedom from the kidnappers’ den eventually, accused one of the pharmacists in his company, Egbulugha, of having a hand in his ordeal.
He claimed to have heard Egbulugha’s voice on several occasions negotiating with the kidnappers when the pharmacist allegedly visited the kidnappers’ hideout.
On the strength of Dunu’s allegation, the police on May 12, 2017 arrested Egbulugha and detained him for 40 days.
Two other employees of Dunu’s company, Kingsley Egbeonu and Tochukwu Nwosu, were also arrested and equally detained by the police.
But the police eventually arrested Evans and his gang members on June 10, 2017.
However, upon parading Egbulugha and the two other arrested employees before the kidnappers for identification, the kidnappers, according to Egbulugha, denied knowing the three employees, following which the police withdrew the charges they pressed against them before a magistrates’ court.
Egbulugha, a pharmacist of about seven years practice experience, claimed to have suffered a grave damage to his personal and professional reputation for the alleged false allegation levelled against him by his former boss, Dunu.