Wife of governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, was yesterday released by her kidnappers.
It was gathered that Mrs. Emefiele and four other captives were released in the early hours of Saturday, after the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered a massive search and rescue operation around the area of her abduction.
Mrs Emefiele was, on Friday, abducted alongside three other women and a male driver in Ugoneki, a few miles from Benin City, Edo State.
She was on transit from Lagos to her hometown in Agbor, Delta State when her convoy was attacked by armed men, who overwhelmed her security detail.
It was learnt that her abductors subsequently contacted her family and demanded a huge ransom.
It was, however, gathered that helicopters were deployed along the Benin-Agbor Road in a bid to track the abductors, just as police operatives and sniffer dogs combed the area.
A Special Intelligence Monitoring Team, headed by Abba Kyari, reportedly begun investigation into the incident.
It will be recalled that Kyari was the officer who led the investigation and subsequently arrested the suspects that abducted Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of ex-Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Meanwhile, the CBN governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the governments of Edo and Delta states as well as security agencies for the rescue of his wife, Margaret, from the hands of kidnappers.
In a statement released in Abuja yesterday, the CBN governor thanked God for the life of his wife who was rescued on Friday night after being kidnapped on Thursday evening. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N100 million.
Although the CBN governor did not state if any ransom was paid, he praised security agencies for their gallantry in bringing his wife back home within 24 hours in compliance with the directive of President Buhari.
Emefiele also expressed 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.