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Abducted Wife of CBN Governor Has Been Released



CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

Margaret Emefiele, the wife of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, kidnapped some 24 hours before, has been reportedly released by her abductors.

According to THISDAY, family sources said she was rescued “due to the gallantry of the Armed Forces, Police and Security Forces”, in Ugoneki near Benin City and is currently recuperating in Government House, Asaba.


  1. andwonpayne

    October 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I wish this was the same way the military/armed forces would respond to all kidnapped cases irrespective of your level in the society

    • Details.

      October 2, 2016 at 8:43 am

      HOW EMEFIELE’S WIFE WAS RELEASED. (From ThisDay, Octorber 2, 2016)

      Details of how Margaret Emefiele, wife of Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, was rescued emerged last night as security sources disclosed that she was recued at Ugoneki, a midway between Benin and Agbor, on Friday night.

      Her rescue was sequel to a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to security agencies, an order that was carried out within 24 hours. A rescue team comprising operatives of the Department of State Security Service, Police and the military was deployed to track down her kidnappers and secure her release.

      The operation that led to her rescue from the snare of her abductors claimed the life of one of her kidnappers while three others were arrested.

      The remaining four members of the eight-man gang that kidnapped her are currently on the run. Though a N1.5billion ransom was said to have been demanded by her kidnappers, security sources said no ransom was paid and she had now been reunited with her family in Lagos.

      The CBN governor’s wife was kidnapped on Thursday along Benin-Agbor road. THISDAY gathered that at the time of her abduction, she was being driven in an SUV with her police orderly and a back up vehicle with three mobile policemen.

      Security sources said investigations were on to unravel why none of the policemen attached to her “did practically nothing”, when the gunmen struck. “The three mobile policemen did practically nothing even though each of them had about 10 rounds of ammunition in their guns”, the source said.

      The CBN governor has however praised security agencies for their gallantry in bringing his wife back home within 24 hours in compliance with the directive of President Buhari.

      In a statement issued sunday by CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, Emefiele thanked God for the life of his wife and also expressed his gratitude to the Delta and Edo State Governments, friends and well wishers who, through their actions, prayers and goodwill, helped to bring the harrowing experience to a joyful end.

      He reaffirmed his resolve to continue to serve the nation diligently and with all his heart without any fear of intimidation.

  2. Celeste

    October 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Thank God for her and her family.. I hope our security and law enforcement agencies put in this tenacious effort in rescuing other citizen when in the same situation

    • nnenne

      October 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      @Celeste… I hear you
      Everyone deserves to be safe!

  3. Busarni

    October 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    When it comes to the high and mighty our security forces become effective; ordinary Nigerians like us will be made to pay the ransom and the mumu security people will come out and lie how no ransom was paid and how they rescued the person involved. I really care less…… Mtscheeew.

  4. Marlvina

    October 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Taaaar! Which gallantry anything? If una like include Air & Naval forces to the list! I know a huge ransom as Olumo rock has been paid. This one na kidnap??? 24hrs something…Taaar! Geraraherre mehn! I’m not a toddler. Kid me not!!! But I thank God for the life of the young woman. Thank God she’s been set free to her family.

  5. EE

    October 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm


  6. Somto

    October 1, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    She was rescued due to the gallantry efforts of the armed forces, police and security forces. We are still waiting for their combined gallantry efforts to locating and rescusing THE ABDUCTED CHIBOK GIRLS. ALL LIVES MATTER not just PUBLIC FIGURES.

    • Kkay

      October 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      @ Somto, I couldn’t like your comment more.
      Gallantry flew out of the window when it came to the rescue of CHIBOK GIRLS.
      @ Marlvina, you are so right. They must have paid the ransom “wella”.

    • EE

      October 2, 2016 at 1:15 am

      You realise the soldiers have literally rescued thousands of Boko Haram victims??? or do those not matter to your bias.

      Our enforcement agents aren’t world beaters, but they do a great job for their resources and the hate they receive from most Nigerians.

      If you think you can do a better job, go apply. Your country needs you.

  7. Kkay

    October 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    @ Somto, I couldn’t like your comment more.
    Gallantry flew out of the window when it came to the rescue of CHIBOK GIRLS.
    @ Marlvina, you are so right. They must have paid the ransom “wella”.


    October 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    why in Delta state government house of all places?it goes to tell a whole lot,anyway sure know that money must have exchanged hands…

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