A joint-operation by the State Security Service and the police has led to the arrest of two Army officers allegedly responsible for the abduction of Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin, PREMIUM TIMES can report.
Musa Maidabara, a corporal attached to the 322 Artillery Regiment, and Edwin George of 371 Artillery Regiment in Maiduguri were arrested in separate locations with cash and other material possessions, security sources told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped along Benin-Agbor Road on September 29, 2016, alongside four others including her police detail.
The suspects reportedly chased Mrs. Emefiele’s security into the bush and took their victim to their den where she remained until the next morning.
The Emefieles reportedly parted with a large amount of money as ransom.
Sources told this newspaper that the suspects, both of whom are students of Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, had nearly ₦15 million with them.
While Mr. George, a lance corporal, was arrested at his hometown in Otukpo, Benue State; Mr. Maidabara was arrested along Benin-Asaba Road.
Mr. Maidabara visited his brother, also a soldier, at 14 Field Engineer Regiment, Onitsha, Anambra State, with whom he kept all the money where operatives later recovered them, sources said.