From Bank to Kidnapping: 9 Things You Need To Know About John Ewa, How He Became a Criminal

From Bank to Kidnapping: 9 Things You Need To Know About John Ewa, How He Became a Criminal

  • The suspected kidnap kingpin arrested in Abuja has been identified as John Ewa as against Lyon John
  • According to the police, before he went into full-time crime, Ewa John was a dispatch rider for a commercial bank
  • While working at the bank, Ewa reportedly ran several errands for his superiors which gave him access to privileged information that was supplied to criminals

Nigerians were stunned following the story of John Ewa, the suspected kidnap kingpin behind a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in Bayelsa state, who was recently arrested by operatives of Operation Puff Adder in Abuja.

Vanguard reports that the suspect's real name is John Ewa against the name Lyon John that trended on social media.

John Ewa arrested
Bayelsa "big boy" and arrested kidnapper, John Ika Ewa, aka "John Lyon" was a former dispatch rider for a bank. Photo credit: John Ani.
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Here are some things you need to know about him:

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  1. He changed his name to John Lyon when he was a dispatch rider at a commercial bank. He was sacked due to alleged involvement in criminal activities at the bank.
  2. While working at the bank, he had access to privileged information due to him running errands for superiors. He fed these to criminal elements to carry out operations.
  3. After he was sacked, Ewa recruited boys to run a kidnap syndicate with specialisation in kidnapping high-profile residents of the state.
  4. Security men got on the trail of Ewa after the arrest of two suspects, Kingsley Innocent and Godlives Donald, who were involved in the kidnap of Mr Danjuma Emeije, a manager with Premium Trust Bank, Yenagoa.
  5. Ewa runs Lyon Interior hub as a cover for his criminal activities, The Sun Nigeria added.
  6. He is also known for his lavish lifestyle, spending at nightclubs in Yenagoa.
  7. The suspect reportedly masterminded the kidnap of the sister to former governor Seriake Dickson.
  8. During interrogation, Ewa confessed to being involved in only two kidnap incidents.
  9. Ewa will soon be paraded before the media.

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Wife arranges kidnap of her husband because he refused to sleep with her

Meanwhile, in what can be described as another terrible incident in Nigeria, a woman has been arrested for colluding with others to kidnap her husband.

The 40-year-old woman, Joy Sunday, in her confession, claimed that she committed the act because she was starved of love and care by her husband. She was arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command.

She said she involved herself in the act because her husband had starved her of the other room and money for too long.

It was gathered that the kidnappers demanded N10m as ransom and later reduced it to N2m which was paid before the police arrested them at the point of sharing the loot.


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