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Gunmen Reportedly Kidnap CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele’s Wife | UPDATE: Abductors are Reportedly Demanding for N1.5 billion Ransom



CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been reportedly kidnapped by some armed men along the Benin-Agbor road on Thursday.

According to SaharaReporters, a close source to Emefiele said that the kidnappers have made contact with their victim’s husband, adding that they were demanding a huge sum in ransom.


SaharaReporters has reported that the kidnappers are demanding N1.5 billion for her release.

“SaharaReporters has learned that in addition to Margaret Emefiele, four other people were abducted including two other females, a male, and her driver.

It has also been learned that Margaret Emefiele had a four-man police detail attached to her. However, when the police were confronted with the superior firepower of the kidnappers they ran away, leaving her and the other victims in the hands of the criminals.

Since her abduction, the kidnappers have been in constant communication with Emefiele, his representatives, and police negotiators. They are reportedly discussing the N1.5 billion ransom demand,” the publisher stated.


  1. Engoz

    September 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    At this rate even Buhari will be kidnapped.

    • Odi

      September 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Oh what a glorious day that will be. Can’t wait! Come to think of it, would be better if it were zahra instead of her father so that the dullard can feel the pain Nigerians are feeling. Maybe then will he take the cries of the people seriously.

    • Busarni

      October 1, 2016 at 6:44 am

      As in eh; they should leave us alone and target the greedy politicians. The hunger in the land is real. Sai baba Sai Apc. Long hissssssssss; I care less…

  2. nnenne

    September 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    He is a public servant. Where do they expect him to bring the money from?

    • CovertNigerian

      September 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      He’s also a former chief executive of Zenith Bank, so he wasn’t exactly living in penury before becoming CBN governor and no doubt has a significant nest egg from his private sector days. That said, CBN governor’s are not exactly paid peanuts either.

      Beyond the polite talk, since when has being a public servant in Nigeria been an impediment to wealth?

    • nnenne

      October 1, 2016 at 1:22 am

      His life savings should be given to kidnappers?
      Just hope you are struggling wherever you are now
      May you loose all that you toiled for to kidnappers ,who are apperently , young, starting life and have no real life story to tell but impatience and need to get rich overnight

    • CovertNigerian

      October 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

      @nnenne – this is an incredibly STUPID overreaction to my comment. I take no pleasure in what has happened and nothing in my comment implies that I do. I simply responded to your comment about Emefiele being a public servant and offered an explanation as to why the kidnappers may think he’s able to pay a ransom.

      Sadly your response is a demonstration of what can go wrong when impulsive people are given a platform to air their lack of wisdom. Curse all you want, it changes nothing – there’s too much justice in creation for that to happen.

  3. Toluwalope

    September 30, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I hope they won’t ask for our treasury as ransom or even Nigeria as ransom self?

  4. Marlvina

    September 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Ahhh! Na the entire CBN money dem go ask for ransom o. May God protect the young woman in their den.

    • eyelash

      October 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

      You too dey make sense for me jareee!

  5. sharon

    September 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    No sympathetic comment? This is to show how much Nigerians are disgusted with this government. I pray she survives this terrible ordeal.

  6. Beard gang

    September 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    1.5billion naira ONLY? that’s like his newspaper allowance

  7. Cruz

    September 30, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    These are d calibre of people kidnappers should be going for; not innocent individuals who are trying to eke a living! Not trying to be insensitive!

  8. EE

    October 1, 2016 at 1:17 am

    “Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles”.

    I hope this ends without bloodshed and the criminals are brought to justice. Let me just point out that crime spirals and more often than not, “we”, not the 1% bear the brunt. But sure rejoice its not you today.

  9. Lola

    October 1, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I hope she is reunited with her family soon. However, this is a wake up call to the government. “One day the poor will have nothing to eat but the rich”! This economy needs to be fixed for the sake of both the poor and rich!

  10. mummybobo

    October 1, 2016 at 8:10 am

    It has also been learned that Margaret Emefiele had a four-man police detail attached to her. However, when the police were confronted with the superior firepower of the kidnappers they ran away, leaving her and the other victims in the hands of the criminals.

  11. keke driver

    October 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Can’t He afford it? afterall They put us in this situation abi?

  12. Muse

    October 1, 2016 at 8:28 am

    She has been released, maybe her security details wanted to brief her on some key issues bothering them. This doesn’t look like a “kidnap”.

    • LemmeRant

      October 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Lol. Don’t you think that’s a stretch.

  13. Kkay

    October 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Our Executive arm of government looked the other way when kidnappers came to town.They thought they were invincible in their safe houses and bullet-proof cars purchased with public funds.
    Our Legislators simply saw kidnapping as a figment of the imagination of the people not worthy of mention in their dishonorable House.
    Our Judiciary refused to acknowledge kidnapping as a crime much less punish kidnappers.
    Now, it has knocked on their doors!

    Every Nigerian is worth the same level of protection as the CBN Governor’s wife,Mrs. Margaret Emefiele.

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