Nigeria’s ruling party chieftain arrested for kidnapping
An All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain in Bayelsa state, John Lyon has been arrested by police detectives for alleged acts of kidnapping after he was tracked to Abuja the Nigerian capital.
Lyon is believed to be related to the former governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, David Lyon who was declared the winner of the 2019 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but had his victory invalidated by the Supreme Court which ruled that his running-mate, Degi Eremienyo Wangagra, submitted a fake certificate to the electoral body.
John Lyon is accused of being responsible for several high-profile kidnappings in the Niger Delta region and on several occasions identified himself as a high ranking member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bayelsa, on his Facebook page. In a social media video the alleged kidnapper, handcuffed and kneeling wearing a pink boxer confessed to the crime though he claimed he had only participated in only two of his syndicate’s kidnap operations.
He also pleaded for mercy, claiming that his wife had just given birth. The suspect a former employee of Sterling Bank has pictures on social media showing him flaunting luxurious items and wads of dollars while asking his numerous followers to “hustle for their money.” A socialite he could be seen with police security details at numerous parties.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Asinim Butswat the Bayelsa State Police Command spokesperson confirmed Lyon’s arrest on Sunday, saying the suspect is currently in custody.
DSP Butswat said the command would provide full details of his arrest to the public on Monday.
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