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At a press briefing on Monday addressed by DCP Don N. Awunah, the police Public Relations Officer, he named the nine suspects, who are now under arrest, as including two soldiers.
Nearly N15m, along with three motor vehicles and an AK 47 rifle, were recovered from the nine kidnappers of Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, who was rescued last week, the Nigeria Police confirmed on Monday.
At a press briefing on Monday addressed by DCP Don N. Awunah, the police Public Relations Officer, he named the nine suspects, who are now under arrest, as including two soldiers. He said the gang, aged 26-36, was led by one Mohammed Abubakar (aka Dogo), 29.
He listed the others as: Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra; Lance Corporal Edwin George; Ernest Anthony Uduefe, a dismissed soldier; Mohammed Musa; Mohammed Sule; Ibrahim Abdullahi; AliyuMusa and Mohammed Yusuf.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NMP, is committed in ensuring that all forms of crime, fear of crime and particularly kidnap for ransom and other violent crimes are brought to the lowest ebb throughout the country,” the statement affirmed.
It added that the IGP was determined to make sure that all those who are engaged in kidnappings, abductions and armed criminal activities will not escape justice, to which end the police will galvanize available resources at its disposal to make sure miscreants, hoodlums and deviants have their day with the law.
“Against this background, the IGP had ordered the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and other tactical teams to swing into action to rescue Mrs. Margaret Emiefele, the wife of the Central Bank Governor unhurt and apprehend all those remotely or directly responsible for the dastardly act,” DCP Awunah said.
Mrs. Emiefele and three of her aides were abducted on Benin-Agbor Road in Delta State on September 29 but were swiftly rescued the following the day.
“The Nigeria Police Force will continue to limit the capacity of kidnappers and other criminals to disrupt the quality of life of Nigerians by the deployment of adequate manpower and resources in crime reduction, detection and effective prosecution of offenders in courts of competent jurisdiction,” Mr. Nwanah said.
While confirming that a ransom was paid for Mrs. Emefiele, he said it is a tool that is sometimes used as a bait or bargaining chip to save the lives of the victims of crime.
“It is also absolutely important to mention that the Police do not and will not encourage payment of ransom,” he said, advising relatives of victims of kidnapping to exercise “considerable caution” in such circumstances.
“It is inherently counterproductive,” the statement stressed. “At all times of kidnap scenario, it is pertinent the Police are involved and trusted.”