‘How My Wife Was Rescued Upon Buhari’s Directive’ — CBN, Gov. Godwin Emefiele

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The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has confirmed the release of his wife who was kidnapped on Friday.

Margaret Emefiele, who was abducted by unknown gunmen, was rescued by security operatives at Ugoneki near Benin City late Friday.

News website, Sahara Reporters, said a her captors demanded a N1.5 billion ransom.

It was not clear whether the amount was paid.

Mr. Emefiele expressed gratitude to God, President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for the rescue of his wife.

“I am grateful security agencies for their gallantry in bringing my wife back home within 24 hours in compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said in a statement Saturday.

“My gratitude to the Delta and Edo State governments, friends and well wishers who, through their actions, prayers and goodwill, helped to bring this harrowing experience to a joyful end.

“I reaffirm my resolve to continue to serve the nation diligently with all his heart without any fear of intimidation,” Mr. Emefiele said.

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