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‘We didn’t set out to kidnap Mrs Emefiele’

By Ifeanyi Okolie

A member of the kidnap gang that abducted the wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Margaret Emefiele, and three others, last Friday, has disclosed that the gang had no inkling of who their victim was.

The suspect, Musa Muhammad, and five others, who are Fulani and are currently being interrogated at the Edo State Police Command, were said to have confessed that they were simply on a random kidnapping operation on Benin-Agbor Expressway, when they accosted Mrs. Emefiele’s convoy.

A source at the Command said that the kidnappers also confessed that they kidnapped a male motorist few minutes before Mrs Emelie’s convoy ran into their trap, but that they released the male motorist, when they realised the huge value of their new catch.

The arrest

The Inspector General of Police was said to have deployed police reconnaissance helicopters, sniffer dogs and his operatives at the Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, headed by Abba Kyari, to rescue the victims and arrest the suspects.

Our source disclosed further that Mohammed was trailed few hours after the release of Mrs Emefiele to his hideout in Edo State and was said to have provided information that aided the police in apprehending five other members of the gang.

Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that the IRT operatives and their counterparts from Edo State are currently making efforts to apprehend three other members of the gang, who are believed to be in possession of the gang’s rifles and a large part of the loot.

 


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