THE ABDUCTION OF MARGARET EMEFIELE
A group of heavily armed kidnappers yesterday friday September 30, 2016 abducted Margaret Emefiele, the wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele. Mrs. Emefiele had boarded a flight from Abuja and landed at the Benin Airport in Edo State from where she left for Agbor by road.. The hoodlums intercepted the SUV she was in and shot at an orderly who attempted to stop the abduction. The abduction had taken place on the Benin- Agbor .
After taking their victims to an unknown location. the kidnappers began the deadly business of demanding ransom. A senior police officer revealedt that Margaret Emefiele was abducted alongside three women and a male driver. He further revealed that the abductors did not initially know her identity, adding that they simply stumbled on her and whisked her away. When they finally realised that she was the wife of the CBN Governor, they called him and demanded a N100M ransom.
The IG Special Intelligence Monitoring Team, headed by Abba Kyari, had sprung to action.. Kyari was the officer who arrested the suspects responsible for the abduction of Prof. Kamene Okonjo, the mother of ex-Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in 2012. Mrs. Emefiele’s kidnap was one of the most high-profile kidnap cases in 2016.
In a bid to track the abductors, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris deployed helicopters along the Benin-Agbor Road, where the incident had taken place. He also flooded the area with hundreds of police operatives and sniffer dogs in a move to put pressure on the kidnappers.
“We have deployed policemen, helicopters and sniffer dogs and we will arrest the suspects very soon.” There was no doubt that the abduction was quite embarassing to the Buhari administration.
A former director, Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, stated that as a politically exposed person, Margaret must have had security operatives attached to her and wondered where the personnel were at the time she was abducted, noting however that until the details of the incident came to light, it might be hard to know exactly what went down.
By Saturday morning, less than twenty four hours after her abduction, it was announced that Mrs Margaret Emefiele had been released by her abductors. According to family sources she was rescued “due to the gallantry of the Armed Forces, Police and Security Forces”, in Ugoneki near Benin City and is currently recuperating in Government House. A combined security team had rescued her at midnight Friday.