The clip of his arrest by the police went viral over social media platforms for most of Saturday and Sunday because before his capture John Ewa popularly known as John Lyon, lived the celebrity lifestyle on social media.
But the end has come for him and his gang members, as he was on Monday paraded been paraded alongside three members of his gang by the police at the Police Officers Mess, Yenagoa Bayelsa State.
Ewa, it was learnt worked at bank as a dispatch rider, which had him running errands which gave him access to privileged information which he shared to criminal elements to carry out attacks.
But after his appointment was terminated, Ewa was said to have recruited some men to run a kidnap syndicate with specialisation in kidnapping VIPs in the state.
According to investigations, operatives of Puff Adder started investigating Ewa, following the arrest of two suspects, Kingsley Innocent and Godlives Donald for the kidnap of Mr. Danjuma Emeije a manager with Premium Trust Bank Yenagoa.
Emeije was kidnapped on June 30 2022 and was released after he was said to have paid a ransom of fifty million naira.
Ewa, who runs Lyon Interior hub as cover for his criminal activities, is known for his lavish lifestyle and heavy spending at night clubs in Yenagoa.
He was said to have masterminded the kidnap of the sister to former governor Seriake Dickson and other wealthy individuals in the state.
During interrogation Police sources said Ewa confessed to have been involved in only two kidnap incidents and denied being part of the gang that kidnapped Danjuma.
Recall that the suspected kidnapper’s story first trended on social media on Sunday. In a viral video, Ewa was seen in handcuffs wearing a pair of boxers at the premises of Operation Puff Adder Yenagoa.
The suspected kidnapper, in the viral video, was seen begging the Police officers to forgive him noting that his wife just gave birth
“I was not involved in your kidnap (referring to the Danjuma). There is a guy they always call for a job, his name is Millow. Please, sir, forgive me. I was not involved in your matter. Please sir, my wife just gave birth”
But in the viral clip, Danjuma, who was also at the premises of Puff Adder insisted that he could recognise Ewa as one of the kidnappers who was on a couch while his gang members were brutalizing him.
A Police source said a close friend of Ewa, who is an in-law of a governorship candidate of one of the major political parties in the state, is also in Police custody answering questions on the kidnap incidents in the state.