His connections are as strong as eating into the Nigerian Army, and many still believe there are top government officials in his network.

It has now been uncovered that suspected kidnapper Chukwudi Onuwamadike, alias Evans also has boys in the military.

As investigations continue, the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested a soldier in Lagos for allegedly being part of the gang.

A police source, who spoke to newsmen on Saturday, said the team led by Abba Kyari arrested the soldier after weeks of surveillance.

The source said that the soldier, a Lance Corporal, was arrested on Friday at about 9 p.m in Ojo area of Lagos.

Reports suggest the soldier is  a member of the army band at Abalti Barrack, Surulere.

The kidnap kingpin had told policemen during interrogation that some notable people collaborated with him in his operations for seven years.

The source said the soldier in his confessional statement, said he had accompanied Evans in three different kidnap operations in Lagos, and got N2 million, N1.5 million and N3 million as his reward.

“There are serious efforts to apprehend other gang members and efforts will be made to arrest of others,’’ the source said.

The billionaire kidnapper was arrested on June 10 at his Magodo Estate mansion in Lagos after an alleged 7-year man hunt.