According to John Lyon’s Facebook bio, he attended the University of Calabar.
The administration of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has distanced itself from John Ewa, also known as John Lyon, the kidnapping kingpin who was just apprehended.
According to a statement made public on September 28 by the institution’s registrar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe, John Ewa, who was recently detained in Bayelsa State for kidnappings, never attended the university and never received a degree from UNIICAL.
This comes after numerous reports said that the suspect is a University of Calabar alumnus. According to John Lyon’s Facebook bio, he attended the University of Calabar.
In response to this assertion, Egbe labeled it as false.
The administration of the institution pleaded with the general public to “discountenance any information associating Ewa to their esteemed university” in the statement.
“The Management of the University of Calabar has described as fallacious, a news item making the rounds and linking their prestigious ivory tower to the recently arrested kidnapper, John Ewa”, a statement released by the register read in part.
The kidnapping mastermind John Ikechukwu Ewa, also known as “John Lion,” who was caught and paraded by the Bayelsa state police command on September 26 has revealed more information about his role in the crime.
Ewa was detained over the weekend by Operation Puff Adder agents in Abuja before being transported to Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, where he was paraded.
The state commissioner of police introduced the suspect and his accomplices to the media on Monday, September 26. He said that on December 8, one Akeeb Oladele Olushola, 48, a Manager of a new generation bank, was abducted at his home in Old Commissioners Quarters Opolo. After being paid an 80,000,000 Naira ransom on December 12th, he was freed.
In a similar vein, he claimed that on June 30, 2022, Danjuma Omeje, 41, a Manager of a New Generation Bank in Yenagoa, was abducted at his home in Okaka, Yenagoa. After paying a ransom of 60 million naira—30 million naira in cash and the equivalent of thirty million naira in US dollars—on July 14, 2022, he was eventually freed.
Ewa was paraded alongside three other members of his gang: Emmanuel Charles Angase, 37, a native of Azuzuma Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State; Innocent Kingsley, 31; and one Timi Werikumo, 21, a native of Azuzuma Community Southern Ijaw. Ewa uses Lion Interior Hub as a front for his criminal activities and is known for his opulent lifestyle and heavy spending at nightclubs in Yenago The gang’s other members are still at large.