The wife of Nigeria’s central bank governor was kidnapped and held for some 24 hours, police and security sources said on Saturday, in the latest high-profile abduction in the country’s south.
A federal police source in Abuja said Margaret Emefiele was seized on the road from Benin City in Edo state, southern Nigeria, to Agbor, in neighbouring Delta state, on Thursday.
“Five other persons were kidnapped along with her,” said the source. “They are her driver and four other women with whom she was travelling.”
Security officials secured her release at about 12:30 am on Saturday (2330 GMT Friday) and she was taken to the Delta state police headquarters in Asaba. The other four people were also freed.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spokesman Isaac Okoroafor told AFP he did not have more details but confirmed: “She has been released.”
Margaret Emefiele’s husband, Godwin, became CBN governor in March 2014, replacing Lamido Sanusi, who was dismissed after claiming the state-run oil firm had not remitted $20 billion in revenue.
Governor Emefiele has since had to face the fallout from an oil-dependent economy hit by the global fall in crude prices, which has led Nigeria into recession, weakened its currency and sent inflation spiralling.
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