by Alexander O. Onukwue
While Evans the billionaire kidnapper waited for his Nollywood adaptation, photoshop geeks went to work and turned up with the ‘Evans Paracetamol’. The byline to the comic image is that all headaches will be kidnapped, thanks to the swiftness and efficiency of the Evans Paracetamol.
After the glorious mission of the Evans arrest, the Police did not expect that a headache will be coming to them anytime soon. They devoted much resources and manpower towards capturing Evans, they devoted more to showing him off around, putting the notorious kidnapper on the front pages of every newspaper for the families of his traumatised victims to read the thriller of his escapades.
Now, they have to devote some more resources in defending a suit in court.
By filing a suit to direct the Police to either try him or untie him now, Evans is trying to put the Police on the defensive, thereby accelerating their chances of falling into error. The media exposure that was granted to the kidnapper has led to a not-so-strong campaign for him to be freed. Taking the initiative, Evans is going ahead to state to the Police categorically that, indeed, he does expect to be a free man.
Nigerians heavily commended the IRT unit of the Police who executed the capture of Evans, but the celebrity style treatment accorded to the villain ever since has bothered on the ridiculous.
This Evans suit is very much self-inflicted, an embarrassment which they have could done without.
They now have to respond to the suit by Evans, potentially starting a trial process that will involve a number of other similar interventions by the courts, for better or worse. A case that looked as straightforward as a red stain on a white napkin now appears it will take more than kerosene to deal with.