26th September, 2022
The Bayelsa police command has paraded John ‘Lyon’ Ewa, the alleged kidnap kingpin who operates in the state.
He was paraded alongside three members of his alleged gang in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Speaking with journalists, Lyon Ewa said he is not the leader of the group, adding that he was only paid N1.5 million for showing the kidnappers the houses of victims.
Lyon Ewa was said to have been arrested by officers of operation Puff Adder following the kidnap of Danjuma Emeije, a bank manager in Yenagoa, who was said to be his former boss.
Emeije was reportedly kidnapped on June 30, 2022, and was released after paying N50m ransom.
Speaking during the parade on Monday, Lyon Ewa said he is not part of the kidnap syndicate, adding that his mother was in the hospital during the operations.
He however admitted that he was given N1.5 million to identify the houses of victims.
“I’m not part of it [operations], I was misled to show them where this person is. I wasn’t involved in it,” he said.
“I’m not in the business [kidnap], I didn’t approach Danjuma, I only went there to open an account.”
Lyon Ewa also admitted that he was given N3.5 million for his involvement in the kidnap of another victim identified as Hakeem.
“I didn’t play any role in Hakeem’s kidnap, I just showed them his house. We were driving and I pointed to the house. It was my former boss’s house, that was it,” he added.
His alleged accomplice, who was identified as Emma, claimed that Lyon Ewa approached him and other gang members with the proposal to kidnap Hakeem and Danjuma.
“He is lying. I didn’t give him money, it wasn’t me that gave him money. I don’t know those people from anywhere. He is the one that worked with them, I don’t know anything about them,” he said.
“He was the one that brought the Hakeem and Danjuma jobs. If anyone can reason, someone that brought a job would have more money than any other person, so why is he lying?
“He brought the job…. [saying] that they sacked him from work and they have money, so let’s kidnap them. Heaven knows I know nothing about those people.”