The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has distanced itself from embattled notorious kidnap kingpin, John Ewa, popularly known as John Lyon.
Recall that John was nabbed last Sunday by operatives of the Nigeria Police in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Naija News understands that some media outlets following John’s arrest, had linked the criminal to UNICAL.
Reacting, however, to the viral claims, the higher institution of learning in a terse statement on Wednesday said ‘John’ Lyon’ was never a student of the university, nor did he graduate from there.
The statement issued in Calabar by the Registrar of the institution, Gabriel Egbe, sternly refuted the claims noting that the university’s management stumbled on the media report with dissatisfaction and described it as fallacious.
It said: “The said John Ewa was never a student of the university, neither did he graduate from the institution.
“We urge members of the public to discount any information linking John Ewa to our prestigious university.”
Naija News reported earlier that the Bayelsa State police command on Monday paraded the kidnap kingpin alongside three members of his gang.
Police sources said Ewa, who runs Lyon Interior hub as a cover for his criminal activities, is known for his lavish lifestyle and heavy spending at nightclubs in Yenagoa.
There are claims that Ewa masterminded the kidnapping of the sister to former governor Seriake Dickson and top Igbo businessmen.
Ewa during interrogation confessed to having been involved in only two kidnap incidents and denied being part of the gang that kidnapped Danjuma.