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Police parades kidnappers’ ring leader, three associates in Bayelsa

By News Desk

The Bayelsa Police Command has paraded the owner of an interior firm, John Ewa popularly called John Lyon, and three others alleged to have been responsible for high-profile kidnapping cases across the state.

Lyon and the three others were apprehended after some of the victims identified the four means their abductors in the state.

They were paraded at the Bayelsa police command headquarters in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday, the suspects also confirmed their involvement in some of the kidnapped cases recorded across the state.

Lyon and the three others were paraded barely three days after the police apprehended the ring leader from his house in Abuja, where he had been parading himself as an interior decorator.

The suspect, who flaunts wealth on social media, had previously claimed that his wealth was from the decoration he does for many affluent Nigerians.

Speaking with journalists, Lyon 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.

He was said to have been arrested following the kidnap of Danjuma Omeje, a bank manager in Yenagoa, who was said to be his former boss.

Danjuma was reportedly kidnapped on June 30, 2022, and was released after paying millions of naira as ransom.

While claiming that he was not part of the robbery gang, the suspect 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 the first kidnap victims after the gang received their receiving ransom.

“I’m not part of it [operations], I was misled to show them where this person is. I wasn’t involved in it.

“I’m not in the business [kidnap], I didn’t approach Danjuma, I only went there to open an account.”

He 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 Emmanuel Angase, claimed that Lyon 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 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 was said to have been arrested on Saturday in the federal capital territory (FCT).

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