UPDATED: Wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor Regains Freedom as Soldiers Trace Abductors

– The abducted wife of CBN governor, Margaret Emefiele, has been released by her abductors
– Security operatives earlier stormed the Benin-Agbor road where she was kidnapped
– She was kidnapped on Thursday by unknown gunmen and a N100m ransom has been demanded

Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele, who was kidnapped has been reportedly released by her abductors. This Day reports that family sources said she was rescued “due to the gallantry of the armed forces, police and security forces”, in Ugoneki near Benin City. She is currently recuperating in Government House, Asaba. Following her kidnap, the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris deployed helicopters along the Benin-Agbor road, where the incident took place.

Hundreds of police operatives and sniffer dogs flooded the area in a bid to locate the abductors and rescue Mrs Emefiele, The Punch reports. A senior police officer said: “We received information on Thursday that the CBN governor’s wife was abducted alongside three women and a male driver. They were on their way to Agbor, Delta State, where she hails from.

“We have deployed policemen, helicopters and sniffer dogs and we will arrest the suspects very soon.” Margaret was abducted on Thursday, September 29, along with four others along the Benin-Agbor Road and her abductors demanded N100m as ransom. The IG Special Intelligence Monitoring Team, headed by Abba Kyari, has commenced investigation into the incident.

Report has it that the kidnappers did not know her identity when she was kidnapped and there are fears they may increase their demand if they got to know she is the wife of the CBN governor. Security experts have described her abduction as an embarrassment. Mike Ejiofor, a former director of the Department of State Services, said the wife of the CBN governor must have had security operatives attached to her.

“I don’t know the circumstances around her abduction, but this is one of the highest profile kidnap cases in recent time.
Gunmen abduct CBN governor Emefiele’s wife “How can the wife of the CBN Governor, with all these security challenges be kidnapped? We need the details. Was any security operative attached to her? “As the wife of the CBN governor, I expect she would need some protection. Until I get the details, I can’t talk much, but I believe something has gone wrong, which is very embarrassing,” he said.

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