Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Ben Okolo has given more narrative concerning kidnap kingpin, John Ewa and his victims.
CP Ben Okolo disclosed that John Ewa, was laid off from the bank where he served as a cleaner after he was caught on camera stealing money.
During the parade, Ben Okolo gave a briefing on those who the criminal group had victimized and the ransom the victims’ families had to pay for their release.
According to the Commissioner of Police, a 48-year-old bank manager, Akeeb Oladele Olushola got kidnapped by the group on December 8, 2021, from his residence at Old Commissioners Quarters Opolo. He was released on the 12th of December after the Ewa and his gang sucked out a ransom of Eighty (N80) Million Naira.
Speaking further, the commissioner cited a similar occurrence as the group also abducted one Danjuma Omeje, 41.
Danjuma happened to be a Manager of a new generation Bank in Yenagoa and he 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.
Ewa confessed to having collected Ten (10) Thousand US Dollars from the ransom collected in the kidnap of Danjuma Omeje.
Speaking on TVC this morning, Ben Okolo said Ewa was dismissed from the bank as a cleaner after he was caught on camera stealing from bundles of naira notes.
”He was a former staff of a New generation bank. They laid him off since 2003. They caught him pilfering. Sometimes customers go home and the bundles will not be complete. They set up a CCTV and caught him that he was pilfering. He is no more working in the bank but he has knowledge of the people, where they live and it is their residents that he actually monitored.” Okolo said.