The Bayelsa State police command on Monday paraded a kidnap kingpin arrested in Abuja, John Ewa, popularly known as ‘Lion’.
Ewa was paraded alongside three members of his gang at the Police Officers Mess, Yenagoa Bayelsa State.
Recall that the kidnap kingpin was arrested on Sunday in Abuja by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.
Naija News reported that the suspect, who was traced and arrested in Abuja, is among the kidnap gangs terrorising Bayelsa State and its environs.
A further report had it that he changed his name to John Lyon when he was a dispatch rider at a commercial bank after which he was sacked due to alleged involvement in criminal activities at the bank.
Ewa while working in the bank had access to privileged information which he supplied to criminals.
The suspect after his appointment was terminated, recruited boys to run a kidnap syndicate which specialised in kidnapping high-profile residents of the state.
Ewa was trialled after operatives of Puff Adder arrested two suspects, Kingsley Innocent and Godlives Donald involved in the kidnap of a manager with Premium Trust Bank, Yenagoa, Danjuma Emeije.
Emeije was kidnapped on June 30 2022 and released after paying a ransom of 50 Million.
Police sources said Ewa, who runs Lyon Interior hub as a cover for his criminal activities, is known for his lavish lifestyle and heavy spending at nightclubs in Yenagoa.
There are claims that Ewa masterminded the kidnapping of the sister to former governor Seriake Dickson and top Igbo businessmen.
Ewa during interrogation confessed to having been involved in only two kidnap incidents and denied being part of the gang that kidnapped Danjuma.