Mrs Margaret Emefiele
The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, on Monday paraded the suspected kidnappers of Margaret Emefiele, the wife of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor Godwin Emefiele, unveiling as well the N15million naira cash ransom the kidnappers were paid for Margaret’s release.
Mrs. Emefiele was abducted by heavily armed gunmen late Thursday, September 29, 2016 alongside three other women and her driver but the identities of the women are still not known to the public. But one of the suspected kidnappers had earlier explained that they were simply on a random kidnapping operation on Benin-Agbor Expressway.
At a press briefing on Monday addressed by DCP Don N. Awunah, the Police Public Relations Officer, he named the nine suspects, who are now under arrest, as including two soldiers. He said the gang, aged 26-36, was led by one Mohammed Abubakar (aka Dogo), 29.
Others listed are: Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra; Lance Corporal Edwin George; Ernest Anthony Uduefe, a dismissed soldier; Mohammed Musa; Mohammed Sule; Ibrahim Abdullahi; AliyuMusa and Mohammed Yusuf.
At the press conference, Mr. Nwanah said:
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NMP, is committed in ensuring that all forms of crime, fear of crime and particularly kidnap for ransom and other violent crimes are brought to the lowest ebb throughout the country.
Against this background, the IGP had ordered the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and other tactical teams to swing into action to rescue Mrs. Margaret Emiefele, the wife of the Central Bank Governor unhurt and apprehend all those remotely or directly responsible for the dastardly act.
The Nigeria Police Force will continue to limit the capacity of kidnappers and other criminals to disrupt the quality of life of Nigerians by the deployment of adequate manpower and resources in crime reduction, detection and effective prosecution of offenders in courts of competent jurisdiction.
It is also absolutely important to mention that the Police do not and will not encourage payment of ransom.
It is inherently counterproductive. At all times of kidnap scenario, it is pertinent the Police are involved and trusted.”
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