The abductors also demanded for a ransom of N1.5b before Mrs. Emefiele will be released.

Some security experts, who described the incident as embarrassing, wondered what the security operatives attached to her were doing.

A former director, Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, said “I don’t know the circumstances around her abduction, but this is one of the highest profile kidnap cases in recent time.

“How can the wife of the CBN Governor, with all these security challenges be kidnapped? We need the details. Was any security operative attached to her?

“As the wife of the CBN governor, I expect she would need some protection. Until I get the details, I can’t talk much, but I believe something has gone wrong, which is very embarrassing.”

According to Punch, another security expert, Ben Okezie said “We pray they did not do anything evil to her. This should signal top people that their security should be guaranteed because they are important to Nigeria.”

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has deployed helicopters to the Benin-Agbor road,where Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped, to search for the kidnappers.