CBN Governor’s Wife’s Kidnapper Bought Houses, Plots Of Land With Ransom

The Nigerian Police had in October paraded some members of the Kidnap gang
The Nigerian Police had in October paraded some members of the Kidnap gang

One of the dare-devil kidnappers that abducted the wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has disclosed how he bought houses and plots of land with his share of the ransom from the operation.

Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, made this known in a statement released on the website of the Nigerian Police on Tuesday.

He stated that the suspect, Umar Abubakar aka Kiriwa, “was trailed and arrested in Minna, Niger State on 9th December, 2016” by operatives of the the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

He added that the arrest followed “several weeks of monitoring and actionable intelligence gathering coupled with collaborative efforts of public spirited members of the community.”

Awunah further stated that the suspect “led detectives to two (2) houses and three plots of empty land he purchased with the proceeds of his share of the ransom.”

“The arrested kingpin confessed that he used three million naira (N3m), part of the ransom, to open a provision shop in Minna, Niger State which he was running with his wife,” he added.



    The police spokesman said that “original papers of the houses and plots of land have been recovered and registered as exhibits and the shop also sealed.”

    Awunah reiterated that the Police “with the assistance and the support of the people will ensure that no crime committed will go undetected and perpetrators apprehended for justice and closure to prevail in the court of law.”

    He also conveyed the assurances of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, “of the readiness of the police under his leadership to deliver dedicated and quality policing services.”

    Awunah on behalf of IGP Idris urged Nigerians “to be vigilant, provide useful information and report suspicious movements and activities to the police for prompt response.”

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