Monday, October 10, 2016 9:07 pm
The Police in Abuja on Monday paraded nine suspects arrested in relation to the kidnap of Mrs Margret Emiefele, wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor and three of her aides at Oquneki Hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta State about two week ago.
Mrs. Emiefele and her aides were rescued a day after the kidnap unhurt and they have since been reunited with their families.
The suspects paraded by the Police at a press briefing addressed by Don Awunah, the Force Public Relations officer include two soldiers- Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra and Lance corporal Edwin George and a retired soldier.
The Police, in a press briefing addressed by Don Awunah, the Force Public Relations Officer also recovered different exhibits from the gang. This include the sum of N14, 725,000, two Honda cars and an Audi car, one AK 47 magazine and two cartridges.
Read the full statement of the Police on how the suspects were arrested, the roles as well exhibits recovered from the suspects below
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NMP, mni, is committed in ensuring that all forms of crime, fear of crime and particularly kidnap for ransom and other violent crimes are brought to the lowest ebb throughout the country.
Similarly, the IGP is determined in making sure that all those who are engaged in kidnappings, abductions and armed criminal activities will not escape Justice. To this end, the Nigeria Police will galvanize all available resources at its disposal to make sure miscreants, hoodlums and deviants have their day with the law.
Against this background, the IGP had ordered the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and other tactical teams to swing into action to rescue Mrs. Margret Emiefele, the wife of the Central Bank Governor unhurt and apprehend all those remotely or directly responsible for the dastardly act.
It will be recalled that Mrs Margret Emiefele and three of her aides were abducted on 29/9/2016 at Oquneki Hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta State.
Consequent upon deployment of Intelligence Platform, Mrs. Emiefele and her aides were rescued on 30/9/ 2016 unhurt and they have since been reunited with their families after debriefing.
Subsequently the following suspects were arrested and exhibits listed were recovered from them
iii. Ernest Anthony Uduefe ‘M’ 32 years (dismissed Soldier)
vii. Ibrahim Abdullahi ‘M’ 30 years
viii. Aliyu Musa ‘M’ 30 years
iii. 1 AK 47 magazine and two cartridges
iii. ERNEST ANTHONY UDUEFE: The suspect is 32 years old, he is a native of Igbuku village, Ndokwa East LGA of Delta State. He also volunteered a confessional statement to his involvement in the crime. Investigation revealed that he also bought a Honda car worth one million five hundred thousand naira (1,500,000) and furnished an apartment in Benin City Edo State within 48hrs of the kidnap incident. The sum of one million five hundred thousand naira in cash and the said Honda car was recovered from him.
vii. IBRAHIM ABDULLAHI: He is a 30 year old native of Fondogeri LGA of Niger State. He admitted to have received ten million naira (10,000,000) in cash as part of his share of the ransom money.
viii. ALIYU MUSA AND MOHAMMED YUSUF: 29 year old Aliyu Musa and 36 year old Mohammed Yusuf were arrested for their involvement in the kidnap incident based on information availed the Police by Mohammed Musa one of the aforementioned suspects. They are being investigated further on the roles played by the two in the commission of the crime.
The Nigeria Police Force will continue to limit the capacity of kidnappers and other criminals to disrupt the quality of life of Nigerians by the deployment of adequate manpower and resources in crime reduction, detection and effective prosecution of offenders in courts of competent jurisdiction.
The curtailment of the activities of kidnappers in our communities will be ultimately successful through the cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders. There must be collective ownership of law enforcement.
It is instructive to mention that money or ‘ransom’ is sometimes used as a bait or bargaining chip to save the lives of the victims of crime which is primary to security operatives.
It is also absolutely important to mention that the Police do not and will not encourage payment of ransom. The relatives of victims of kidnap for ransom are strongly advised to exercise considerable caution to succumb in payment of ransom. It is inherently counterproductive. At all times of kidnap scenario, it is pertinent the Police are involved and trusted.
Thank you for your time and God bless us all.
DCP. Don N. Awunah, fsi