IBADAN, Nigeria(VOICE OF NAIJA)- 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.”
Lyon, popularly known for flaunting loads of money on social media, was arrested by police detectives for allegedly belonging to a kidnap syndicate operating in Bayelsa.
He was accused of being responsible for several high-profile abductions in the Niger Delta region.
He was tracked and nabbed at the weekend, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The suspect had on several occasions identified himself as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bayelsa, on his Facebook page.
He shares last name with David Lyon, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 Bayelsa gubernatorial election.
Reacting to Ewa’s statement, a tweep, ekehanthony1 said, “Under Nigerian Criminal Laws, you are a party to the offence. You are as criminally liable as the one who forcefully kidnapped the victims.”
Another tweep, Ayanniyinoah said, “Na you dey bring gig for the kidnappers. Na division of labour…na kidnappers all of una be.”
@kayode_esq: “Okay we agree. Oga in conclusion, You are a Party to the Offence Sir. You are an accessory before the fact. Na the same punishment dey for both you and person Wen kidnap the victim….Mr. Accused Person.😀😃”
Sunny Alex: “Someone like this guy will appear in the public to be an importer and Exporter in Clearing and Forwarding.While he is a monster in the Secret.”