The abducted wife of Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Margaret Emefiele, who was kidnappe earlier on Thursday has been reportedly released by her abductors
Security operatives had earlier rampaged the Benin-Agbor road where the incident had happened.
Reports have it that “due to the gallantry of the armed forces, police and security forces”, in Ugoneki near Benin City , she was released and is currently recuperating in Government House, Asaba.
She was kidnapped on Thursday, September 29, along with four others by unknown gunmen and a N100m ransom was demanded by her captors.
Following her kidnap, the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris deployed helicopters along the Benin-Agbor road. Also, hundreds of police operatives and sniffer dogs flooded the area in a bid to locate the abductors.
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.”
Reports have it that the kidnappers were oblivious to her identity when she was kidnapped and there were speculations that they might have increased 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 in an interview that 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.
“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.
The IG Special Intelligence Monitoring Team, headed by Abba Kyari, has commenced investigation into the incident.