The State Security Service has busted a crime syndicate involving some Army officers who masterminded the abduction of CBN’s Governor’s wife, Margaret Emefiele.
Musa Maidabara, a corporal attached to the 322 Artillery Regiment, and Edwin George of 371 Artillery Regiment in Maiduguri are the suspected kingpins in the stint.
Both of whom are students of Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies in Makurdi, Benue State.
They were picked up in separate locations with cash and other material possessions, security sources told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mrs. Emefiele was abducted along Benin-Agbor Road on September 29, 2016, alongside four others including her police detail.
The suspects had chased Mrs. Emefiele’s security into the bush and took their victim to their den where she remained until the next morning.
The Emefieles reportedly parted with a large amount of money as ransom.
Sources told this newspaper that the suspects had nearly ₦15 million in cash with them.
While Mr. George, a lance corporal, was arrested at his hometown in Otukpo, Benue State; Mr. Maidabara was arrested along Benin-Asaba Road.
Mr. Maidabara visited his brother, also a soldier, at 14 Field Engineer Regiment, Onitsha, Anambra State, with whom he kept all the money where operatives later recovered them, sources said.
They also had two Honda Accord cars with them at the time of their arrest.
The investigation into Mrs. Emefiele’s abduction is, however, still ongoing. SSS are ye to name other persons who were connected to the abduction.
Army spokesman, Colonel Usman Sani Kukasheka, did not respond to request for comment.
However, a senior police official in Delta State confirmed that the police were aware of the arrest of one of the soldiers.
He declined official comment saying he was not authorized to do so.