Vanguard reports that the suspects told the police 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 the kidnappers also confessed that they kidnapped a male motorist few minutes before Mrs Emelie’s convoy ran into their trap.
But they said the male motorist was released when they realised the value their new catch posed. Mrs Magaret Emiefiele was abducted by a group of heavily armed gunmen late Thursday, September 29, along the Benin-Agbor road. The kidnappers had demanded for N100 million but it was negotiated to about N2 million.
They were given the money before Mrs. Emefiele, her driver and three co-travellers were rescued. 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.
A source told Vanguard one of the suspects, 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. Following the smashing of the gang, 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.
In a related development, Laurentia Laraba Mallam, the minister of the environment during the government of Goodluck Jonathan, was abducted along with her 73-year- old husband, Pius in Jere, in Kaduna state. A family source told Leadership that the duo were abducted on October 3 on their way to Kaduna from Abuja. According to the sources, the abductors are demanding 10 million ransom to release them.
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