Abuja - Two soldiers have been arrested after it was found that they had transported the ransom paid for the release of Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to Punch, the two soldiers, identified as Lance Corporals Musa Maidabra and Edwin George, revealed that they had received N6.5 million each as their share of the estimated N80 million ransom.
Emefiele were abducted along the Benin-Agbor Road two weeks ago and released 24 hours later after payment was made to their kidnappers.
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"We were not involved in the kidnapping; we only assisted them to transport the money to a location. We carried the money and ran away with it in a vehicle; it was part of my friend’s share that I collected. We didn’t know the money was from a kidnap operation," Maidabra revealed.
Donald Awunah, PR Officer for the Force, confirmed that N7.7 million had been received from Maidabra's share of N10 million, while a Honda Accord, estimated at N1.1 million, was subsequently recovered from George.
“It is absolutely important to mention that the police do not and will not encourage payment of ransom,” Awunah added.
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