Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer representing Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans) has withdrawn his representation of the suspect.
Ogungbeje said his decision to withdraw as counsel to Evans were “for personal reasons.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a good fight this far despite repeated and sustained threats to my life and my defence lawyers,” Ogungbeje said in a statement on Friday.
“I dare say we have no regrets whatsoever having conducted the criminal charges involving our client this far.”
Evans, an alleged billionaire kidnapper, was arrested in 2017 after terrorizing the nation for years.
Recently, Evans asked a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere to quash all the charges filed against him by the Lagos State Government.
Evans said similar charges were pending before a Lagos High Court (Ikeja Division) and therefore should be tried by one judge.
The Lagos State Government had brought a fresh five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder against Evans and three others.
Evans is charged alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.
In the second charge, Evans is being tried alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.