The Nigeria Police Force, on Monday in Abuja, announced that it had arrested nine suspected kidnappers of Mrs Margret Emiefele, wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The suspects are: Mohammed Abubakar, 29, who is the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, 26, Lance corporal Edwin George, Ernest Uduefe, 32, Ibrahim Abdullahi, 30, Mohammed Sule, 26, Aliyu Musa, 30 and Mohammed Yusuf, 36, and Lance corporal Musa Maidabra, 28.
DCP Don Awunah, the Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, who presenting the suspects to newsmen in Abuja, said that they had confessed to the various roles they played in the crime.
According to Awunah, items recovered from the hoodlums included, N14.725 million, three vehicles (two Honda cars and an Audi car) and one AK 47 magazine and two cartridges.
He said that the suspects received various sums of money as part of their share of the ransom paid. He said that part of the money and cars bought with the money had also been recovered from the suspects.
The spokesman said that the police would continue to limit the capacity of kidnappers and other criminals by deployment of adequate manpower.
He said that activities of kidnappers would be successfully checked through the cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders. Awunah said that money or ransom was sometimes used as bait or bargain to save the lives of victims of crime.
”It is also absolutely important to mention that the police do not and will not encourage payment of ransom.
”Relatives of victims of kidnap for ransom are strongly advised to exercise considerable caution not to succumb to payment of ransom.
“The Inspector-General of Police ( I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris, is determined in making sure that all those who are engaged in kidnappings and armed criminal activities will not escape justice,” Awunah said.
He said that Idris had ordered the Intelligence Response Team ( IRT) and other tactical teams to swing into action to rescue Mrs Emiefele unhurt.
Mrs Emiefele was kidnapped with her three aides on Sept. 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta State.