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– The Nigeria Police Force may have deceived Nigerians few weeks back
– The police claimed its personnel rescued the wife of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele
– Members of a vigilante group are now claiming they rescued the top banker’s wife
A vigilante group in Emuhun community in Uhunmwode local government of Edo state is claiming they rescued CBN governor’s wife, Margaret Emefiele.
They have also accused the Nigeria Police and the CBN governor of abandoning one of their colleague who was killed during the rescue of Emefiele’s wife.
According to The Nation, they claimed that they shot and held two of the suspected kidnappers whose confessions led to the arrest of five others.
Secretary of Emuhun community, Deacon Samson Osagie, who disclosed this at a news conference in Benin, the Edo state capital, gave the name of the slain Vigilante member as Gabriel Okorare aged 64.
The late Gabriel was said to have joined other vigilante members to mobilise into the bush to apprehend the kidnappers after the police from Okhuaihe Police Division called on them to help in the search for Mrs Emefiele.
He was however shot dead in the rescue attempt and his corpse was recovered by the police who deposited it at the Abudu Hospital Mortuary.
“It may interest Nigerians to know that late Gabriel was the bread winner of his family and left behind two wives and 11 children.
“Since Gabriel’s death, feeding of the family has been a major challenge particularly at this harsh economic recession in the country. A situation that has forced his children out of school,” Osagie said.
One of group members, Wilson Igbinosun, who narrated their experience with the kidnappers said he was in the forest with late Gabriel when he was killed.
He said they knew the kidnappers were in the area because women returning from the farm claimed they were harassed.
Wilson narrated that when they fired the first shot, the kidnappers responded with torrents of gunshots during which Gabriel was hit. He said policemen and soldiers did not enter the forest during the gun battle.
“Gabriel died instantly and the kidnappers took away his gun while I lay down flat without making a noise. They shot more than 180 times.
“We were surprised that the police did not give us credit. If the police were in the bush, they would have killed all of them but we shot two who were later handed over to the police.
“We saw two bags of money which the police took away. The police and Emefiele should visit the family because his wife was rescued alive. Three other women and one man were also rescued,” Igbinosun said.
Mrs Emefiele was abducted by heavily armed gunmen late Thursday, September 29, alongside four other women and her driver.
Security sources said the kidnappers contacted Emefiele and vowed not to free his wife unless the ransom was paid.
Two weeks ago, the police paraded the suspected kidnappers at a press conference and also unveiled the N15million naira cash ransom that they were paid to release Margaret after some hours.