Sources attributed it to an informant residing in Magodo and intelligence reports that revealed identities of his three girlfriends.
It was gathered that after the Inspector-General of police deployed his Intelligence Response Team to track the notorious kingpin, they made huge progress from the documents recovered from his hideout in Igando, Lagos after the miraculous disappearance of his last victim.
The documents reportedly aided them in identifying occupants of that apartment and opened an avalanche of information leading to Evans movement.
However, the discovery of the fact that he resided at Magodo area of Lagos State was partially attributed to the N30m IGP reward.
A source, who spoke with Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the leader of IGP’s team, Abba Kyari, who was tracking their locations had planned to round-up all the suspects, in one swoop, but his plans failed as Evans was always changing locations, making it difficult to get his exact location.
The source stated further that while Kyari was searching for Evans, he mobilized some residents of Magodo Estate, giving them clear descriptions of Evans, his vehicles and the name of his security man.
IGP, Ibrahim Idris, also announced a bounty of N30million on information that could lead to the arrest of Evans.
The combination of all these led to the rounding up of three women believed to be Evans girlfriends, and they were identified as Amaka, Ijeoma and Ngozi.
The operatives were said to have discovered that Evans was very close to Amaka where he rented an apartment for her in Okota area of Lagos State.
Sources explained that Evans was fond of sleeping in Amaka’s house on a regular basis and they decided to use Amaka to lure him however, the kidnap kingpin avoided Amaka for fears that she may have been picked by the police.
However, one of the police informants in Magodo made a breakthrough as the IRT were banking on Amaka, and he called and informed the police that he has located Evans apartment.
He also disclosed that Evans has not been seen around his house for a long time and he was believed to have moved out of his house.
Vanguard source revealed that Evans became highly elusive at this time as he was aware that the police were closing in on him and he moved away from his home and relocated to a hotel in Agidigingbi area of Ikeja. He also moved his wife and children to Ghana and was trying to dispose some of his properties at the time he was arrested.
The final piece fell into on the day of his arrest, according to sources, he was said to be unaware that operatives had located his apartment in Magodo, when he contacted Amaka on Saturday morning.
“He was said to have called her on the phone around 4:15am, without knowing that some policemen were with her and asked her to wait outside her compound to meet him.
She reportedly joined him later at the spot and as soon as she got into the car, he attacked her, threatening to kill her for not informing him about the police presence in her house.
Evans was reported to have gotten angry, driven away with her in his Grand Cherokee SUV and they had an accident at Iyana-Ipaja area where he abandoned the vehicle, seized Amaka’s phone and asked her to go home.
It was from there that he picked a cab to his residence at Magodo to pick some few things towards travelling out of the country. After then, we swooped on him and arrested him inside his bedroom.”