Disgraced kidnap kingpin, John Ikechukwu Ewa, aka ‘John Lion’ who was arrested and paraded by the Bayelsa state police command earlier yesterday has given a detailed explanation regarding his involvement in the crime.
Ewa was over the weekend arrested by operatives of Operation Puff Adder in Abuja and was transferred to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, where he was paraded.
Parading the suspect and his accomplices before newsmen,. The state Commissioner of Police, stated that on December 8, one Akeeb Oladele Olushola ‘m’ 48, a Manager of a new generation Bank, was kidnaped at his residence at Old Commissioners Quarters Opolo. He was released on the 12th December after paying a ransom of Eighty (N80) Million Naira.
He said similarly, Danjuma Omeje, 41, a Manager of a new generation Bank in Yenagoa was kidnaped at his residence at Okaka, Yenagoa, on 30th June 2022.
He was later released on 14th July 2022 after paying a ransom of 60 million naira – thirty (N30) Million Naira cash and US Dollar equivalent of thirty (N30) Million Naira.
Meanwhile, while giving an account of his involvement in the crime, the 30-year-old native of Eruah Community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, said;
“I was involved in the kidnapping of Danjuma, I was not aware of the kidnapping, I was told they have a business together, I should just tell them where he is staying. I was working there in the Bank as a cleaner, I left there in 2003.
I appreciate not being part of the gang, I was just misled. In sharing of the ransom they gave me as a dash N1.5 Million then $10,000 was given to me by Emmanuel when I change the money it was N7.5m.
Lion is my name, it is the English translation of Ewa. I played the role of showing them Danjuma’s house. I did not play any role in Akin’s kidnap, I only showed them his house that he is the former boss I didn’t know that they were kidnappers.”