He was arrested at Magboro, Ogun State, for participating in the abduction of a Chinese man. While speaking to newsmen, Sylva said:
“After the abduction of the girls, I have kept a low profile in order not to be arrested by the police.
I was dealing in logwood at Ebute-Meta before I was lured into kidnapping with a promise that it is more lucrative than selling wood and they also promised me N500,000 after the abduction. I was given N300,000 from the operation.
I have participated in two other operations. I was arrested for another offence, the kidnapping of a Chinese man. I was arrested on June 11, on Saturday, at my house where I was making love with my girlfriend.”