The Nigerian police parade three soldiers and six others at the Force headquarters of the police in Abuja over the alleged abduction of CBN Governor’s wife.
According to the police, N14.725 million, three vehicles, one AK 47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the gang.
The police however admitted that CBN Governor paid N11 million to secure his wife’s release, but that the money was used as a bait.
The suspects include 28-year old Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, 32, a dismissed soldier Ernest Anthony Uduefe and alleged gang leader Mohammed Abubakar (aka Dogo), aged 29.
George, who purchased a Honda car worth N1.1 million with the loot, was arrested in his home-town in Otukpo, Benue State.
“IGP Ibrahim Idris is committed in ensuring that all forms of crime, fear of crime and kidnap for ransom are brought to the lowest ebb throughout the country.
“The IGP is determined to make sure that all those who are engaged in kidnappings and armed criminal activities will not escape justice.
“Mrs Margaret Emefiele and three of her aides were abducted on September 29 at Oquneki Hills along Benin-Agbo Road, Delta State.
“Consequent upon deployment of intelligence platform, she and her aides were rescued the next day unhurt.
“Suspect Maidabara, a native of Katau village in Gombe State, arrested for his role in the kidnap is with the Nigerian Army.
“He is serving at 122D20 Regiment in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“On investigation, a jeep worth N1.5 million and a sum of N4 million which was his own share of the ransom, was recovered from him.
“In company of George Edwin and others, Maidabara escorted the gang members to collect the ransom money in a maroon colored Audi car.
“They went into the forest where they had kept the victim in Benin City, Edo State,” a police source said.