‎Wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor kidnapped

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor
Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

The wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Margaret Emefiele, was one of about six people abducted by gunmen on Thursday, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

A family source told this newspaper late Friday that efforts were underway to secure Mrs. Emefiele’s release, as well as others, within the shortest period possible.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that she was kidnapped, but we’re making diligent efforts to ensure her release and also the other people,” the source told PREMIUM TIMES.

The confirmation corroborates earlier reports by Sahara Reporters, a New York-based online news portal.

Sahara Reporters said on Friday evening that Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped along Benin-Agbor Road on Thursday after gunmen chased her police detail into the bush.

The medium also said a ransom of N1.5 billion has been demanded by her abductors, who have since reached out to the family.

But the PREMIUM TIMES source declined to confirm these, saying the details are not necessary and could actually complicate rescue efforts.

“We’re all Nigerians and I think I’ve done very well by confirming this report to you,” the source said. “Please join me in praying for her timely release as we do our best to appeal to those keeping her and ensure that she’s released in one piece.”

Police spokesman Don Awunah could not be reached for comments on the status of rescue operations as his number indicated it was switched off for several hours Friday.

The victims husband, Godwin Emefiele, has been in charge of the CBN since 2014.

Mrs. Emefiele is the latest victim in a string of abductions that have seen many public figures seized within the last one year.

In September 2015, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, was kidnapped in his farm in Ondo State.

A former senator, Iyabo Anisulowo, was also kidnapped in her home state of Ogun in April this year.

The two have since regained freedom after spending days in captivity, but the circumstances under which they were released remained unclear.

While the police claimed to have rescued them, the victims said they parted with huge sum as ransom.


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  • Sam

    They think because this man is CBN governor he can pay $1.5BN, keep dreaming.

    • Henry_Itopa


  • Realitytalk

    Those guys will be seriously dealt with when they found them, they think that huge money can move to one hand in our economy without anybody knowing ? they are fools

    • Viva Revo


      Nigeria is in a revolution. Journalists are yet to discern the signs of the times.
      They report each incident but do not fit all incidents into a theory for meaning.
      A slow burning revolution long started in Nigeria with killings and kidnapping.
      The revolution will continue apace because politicians have ruined public morals.
      Nigerian youths find justification to also steal, as politicians do, to kill and to destroy.

      • ‘weydem’

        “In Nigeria, the pauperized many have sent a memo to the criminally-rich few:

        ‘We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in peace. We will hound you

        and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your Hummers, we will snatch them.

        When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap them. When you retreat

        to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with one eye open. With every knock,

        you will panic and tremble, fearing it could be nemesis at the door’.”

        ……………..Femi Aribisala

        [August 27, 2013]