By Racheal Ishaya
The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, said his wife, Mrs Margaret Emefiele, had been rescued from the hands of kidnappers by the Nigerian security agencies.
A statement released in Abuja on Saturday by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, stated that the CBN governor’s wife was rescued on Friday night.
It will be recalled that Mrs Emefiele was kidnapped by armed gunmen along the Benin-Agbor road on Thursday.
The kidnappers made contact with the CBN governor, demanding a huge sum in ransom.
Emefiele praised the security agencies for their gallantry in bringing his wife back home within 24 hours, in compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He expressed his gratitude to the Delta and Edo State Governments, friends and well-wishers, who through their actions, prayers and goodwill, helped to bring this harrowing experience to a joyful end.
The CBN Governor reaffirmed his resolve to continue to serve the nation diligently, without any fear of intimidation.
Mrs. Emefiele, was kidnapped on Thursday along with three other women and a male driver on thier way to Agbor, Delta State, where she (Emefiele) hails from.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had deployed helicopters, hundreds of police operatives and sniffer dogs along the Benin-Agbor Road, where the incident took place.
A senior police officer said, “We received information on Thursday that the CBN governor’s wife was abducted alongside three women and a male driver. They were on their way to Agbor, Delta State, where she hails from.
The Kidnappers had demanded N100 million as ransom after taking their victims to an unknown location.
The police, however, said the gunmen did not know her identity, but only stumbled on her and whisked her away.