EXCLUSIVE: Two soldiers arrested for alleged roles in kidnap of CBN Governor Emefiele’s wife

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor
Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

A joint operation by the State Security Service and the police has led to the arrest of two Army personnel allegedly responsible for the abduction of Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Musa Maidabara, a corporal attached to the 322 Artillery Regiment, and Edwin George of 371 Artillery Regiment in Maiduguri were arrested in separate locations with cash and other material possessions, security sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped along Benin-Agbor Road on September 29, 2016, alongside four others including her police detail.

The suspects reportedly chased Mrs. Emefiele’s security into the bush and took their victim to their den where she remained until the next morning.

The Emefieles reportedly parted with a large amount of money as ransom.

Sources told this newspaper that the suspects, both of whom are students of Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, had nearly ₦15 million with them.

While Mr. George, a lance corporal, was arrested at his hometown in Otukpo, Benue State; Mr. Maidabara was arrested along Benin-Asaba Road.

Mr. Maidabara visited his brother, also a soldier, at 14 Field Engineer Regiment, Onitsha, Anambra State, with whom he kept all the money where operatives later recovered them, sources said.

They also had two Honda Accord cars with them at the time of their arrest.

The investigation into Mrs. Emefiele’s kidnap is, however, still ongoing.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ request for comment.

However, a senior police official in Delta State confirmed that the police were aware of the arrest of one of the soldiers. He declined official comment saying he was not authorised to do so.


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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    I don’t get this story.

    • abodes_124

      Well we have journalists who do not know how to inform properly. they should have linked this article to the previous ones that she was released when Buhari gave the security officials 24 hours to effect her release and they did so promptly. As many said then it was more likely that money rather than gun fire was exchanged. The truth will always out.

      • Otile

        Don’t sugar-coat the story, the two military officers who kidnapped this woman are non-commissioned officers nonetheless.

  • Nkem

    Na small by small. All those security agents that you people have given guns to use to terrorise and intimidate powerless Nigerians are gradually turning their guns against you people. We heard the other tine that it was soldiers and SSS personnel that dispossessed Saraki of his loot. It has just started. When you refuse to build an egalitarian society, something eventually has to give. There is no way this can continue for ever

  • Contact Point

    Canker worms. Will SERAP and NBA order for their release as they have been saying with cases of arrested Judges even with huge evidence against them? We are fighting corruption and anybody or organisation who corruption wants to use to fight back must be crushed, NBA, Fayose, SERAP and others included.

  • Factsay

    Corrupt soldiers

  • Mamapikin

    Two military officers….”lance corporals”.

  • Omoba1

    I would expect the journalist and editor of premium times to be knowledgeable with military terms. The criminals arrested are soldiers/infantry and not army officers. Officers in the Nigerian army are distinguishable professionals and have undergone tough and thorough training in professionalism and decorum.

    Please take note and correct this mistake so that the general public don’t get confused.

    • Otile

      Are you saying that the non-commissioned officers are civilians because we now know they are kidnappers? Nigerian military officers are full of robbers and kidnappers. Daily those deployed in the Niger Delta are raping, and stealing from unsuspecting civilians.

  • Justifying AVENGERS!!!

    Below are some very UNTOLD Truths about NDelta that will make you believe Avengers are right after all. The Nigerian government does not care about the Niger Delta. It cares only about the petrol Dollas. How wicked men can be! How wicked and evil the rest of Nigeria is! How terrible its leaders are!

    The stark reality on the ground is that the Niger Delta people are now endangered species in their own land courtesy of decades of illegal oil exploration and unattended pollution by Nigeria via its collaborative agents of mass pollution a.k.a ‘agents of ecological terrorism” – Shell, Exxonmobil, Chevron, Eni etc. Incurable diseases like Cancers of the Skin, Mouth and intestinal tract have become ubiquitous…recording the highest per square km according to a recent UN study.

    Deformed Babies at birth have become the order of the day specifically in Bodo community whose ecology was ravaged by the December 2008 oil spill which the Nigerian Government of the day led by Musa Yadua ignored and denied for many months until it could deny no more.

    Many women are now barren and 3 out of 5 no longer experience their monthly Ovulation as reported by a detailed investigation published in Vanuard Newspapers of Saturday October 8, 2016. Investigations by Vanguard Newspapers reveal that hospital records show that continuous consumption of hydrocarbons released into the environment – land, air and water through pollution is responsible for the cessation of Ovulation in young otherwise healthy women and all other reproductive issues.

    …BUT all the evil Nigerian government and its officials/politicians care about is the oil money. They spend on military hardware to intimidate and silence the people of the land so they can continue to drill the oil and export. The useless international community (especially the US and UK) turns the other way and pretend to be unaware of this grave injustice to the oil producing Niger Delta. OUR hope is in the AVENGERS and we pray they can and should halt ALL oil production and export on the Niger Deltan soil until these premeditated crimes are addressed and all Niger Delta cleaned up.

  • vagabonds in power

    Them say Jonathan was a weakling now nko——————–are Nigerians not being kidnapped still under the luciferic rule of bingo buhari

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  • Lorgne

    PT, corporal lance corporal are not officers but other rank in the military.

    • Otile

      They are non-commissioned officers.

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  • Cheefoo

    Lies!, Lies!… propaganda. If there was indeed an arrest, with this high profile crime, no Journalist or even the police has deemed it fit to release the pictures of those that were arrested, it has only upsides, shame the kidnappers and deter all the upcoming ones. The truth is that the government is using scare tactics and propaganda by publishing names without faces while they have not arrested anyone and they do not one.

  • George

    I remembered vividly Emefiele said he never paid anything to the kidnappers and was full of praises for the nomadic president Buhari so who paid the ransom money on Emefiele behalf.

    • IZON Redeemer

      These are high profile kidnapping, often organised by government—of the Apes in APC–