Nine persons have been paraded by the Police at Force Headquarters, Abuja in connection with the abduction of, Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.
The kidnappers who got N80 million as ransom, said they did not know the status of their victim, but once they did, they decided to demand for N1.6 Billion, in which after further negotiations, they agreed on a price below N100 million.
Amongst those apprehended were two Soldiers, who collected the sum of N6.5 million each, they however, claimed they did not take part in the operation but only helped the group ferry the said sum to Benin, Edo State.
Mr. Don Awuna, Force Public Relations Officer, who briefed Newsmen after their arrest, said that the suspects included a dismissed soldier and two serving Nigerian Army personnel.
The duo Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra and Lance Corporal Edwin George, are attached to a fighting regiment in Maiduguri, while Ernest Anthony Uduefe, was dismissed by the military some time ago.
More so, other members of the gang are, Mohammed Abubakar, alias Dogo (gang leader), Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.
N14.7 million, two newly-bought Honda cars, an Audi car and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the kidnappers.
On their individual roles, the FPRO said: “Lance Corporal Maidabra, serving in 122D/30 Regiment in Maiduguri admitted to being part of the gang. An SUV worth N1.5 million and N4.5 million cash, which was part of his share, were recovered from him.
“It was also discovered that he, in company of Lance Corporal Edwin George and dismissed soldier, Ernest Uduefe, while dressed in Army uniform, escorted the kidnappers and the ransom money in a maroon-coloured Audi car out of the forest where they had kept the victim, to Benin, Edo State.
“For Lance Corporal George, serving at 122D Regiment in Maiduguri, a Honda car worth N1.1 million, which he used part of his loot to buy, was recovered from him. He was arrested in Benue State.
‘I furnished my apartment’
“Ernest Anthony, a native of Igbuku village, Ndokwa East LGA of Delta State revealed that he bought a Honda car worth N1.5 million and furnished his apartment in Benin within 48 hours of the kidnap incident. N1.5 million cash and the car were recovered from him.
“Mohammed Abubakar, leader of the gang, who hails from Adamawa State, received N11 million cash as his share of the ransom paid. He said he gave one Danjuma, who is presently on the run, the said amount to keep for him.
“Mohammed Musa, the deputy leader of the gang, who hails from Sokoto State, said he received N10million from the ransom paid.”
Police said during the gun battle with security personnel, Musa attempted to escape into the forest but was shot.
The police spokesman added: “N7.7 million was recovered from him and it was the useful information got from him that led to the arrest of other members of the gang.
“Mohammed Sule, from Nasarawa State, got N10 million as part of his share, but claimed that a soldier and another gang leader escaped with the loot.
“Ibrahim Abdullahi from Niger State admitted he received N10million, while Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf were picked up for other roles they played.”