Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of the Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been released.
The 82-year old was kidnapped by unknown gunmen five days ago (Sunday, 9th of December) from her home in Ogbe-Ofu quarters, Ogwashi -Uku, Aniocha south local government area of Delta state.
The Minister’s spokesman in a statement also confirmed her release saying she was freed this morning but did not give details.
“I can confirm that Professor Mrs. Kamene Okonjo, wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Professor Chukuka Okonjo and mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was released this morning, five days after her abduction.
“The Okonjo Family is full of thanks to the Almighty for this happy development. The family is also highly appreciative of the support and encouragement of President Goodluck Jonathan; the Country’s security services for their excellent operations; Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Peter Obi of Anambra, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and other Governors…,” the statement said.
Gradually, the kidnappers are showing some "intelligence"! They appeared to have finished with the masses, now its government peoples' turn, abi?
Not only would Ngozi be willing to pay ransom in dollars, sterling or euro, maybe she would now whisper into her Oga, GEJ's ears that the handshake don pass elbow o.
Her experience is what the average person goes thru almost on daily basis. At the personal level, my own brother and his wife were kidnapped in two separate incidents in Imo state last year and thankfully, they survived the ordeal and promptly relocated.
Christmas is coming. Successful Igbos are afraid to go home for the yuletide while all we keep hearing is: "we are on top of the situation"!
If shame nor dey catch government, this should bring it nearer home to them. If Mama Okonjo is unsafe, who is now safe again?
I pray they release the poor woman safely because its a traumatic experience to get kidnapped.
They always bolt the door after the horses' escape! Even the King is not safe or to whom do the town's people run when Igwe self go dey hide under his palatial bed! Igweeee!
First of all, let me rejoice with you that your brother and his wife survived the ordeal. I have had occasions to discuss with a few victims and Boy!Oh!Boy! it is no joke. Nay, many of them go through hell. I have just heard that a business man was kidnapped in Awka a few days ago. One often wonders how these states will develop with this degree of insecurity. It is outrageous that governors who can't guarantee reasonable security in their zones are disturbing us about 2015. I pray that no physical harm comes to NOI's mother and that she is released soonest.
My sympathies to the old lady. However there is nothing new here. Kidnapping is a thriving business in Nigeria especially in that neck of the woods. No one is sacred, king or queen. Each person comes with a price tag. In the mean time the president is jostling to be re selected in 2015.
All they would do is to enter the owner's corner of the back seat, smile to self in the driver's mirror and come out of the car. Are we not getting there soon?
Of what use is to have all the "bread" without any security to flaunt it? The government bred the genie in the Aladdin lamp. By errors of commission or omission, the insecurity genie has escaped from the lamp and is bestriding the nation as either BH or armed robbers or kidnappers.
Who will capture the genie now?
@Enyi: Thank you, o! My brother was freed by Nigerian Army officers while the kidnappers escaped into the bush.
His wife being a daughter of the soil talked her way into freedom on the very day a million naira ransom provided by her church was to be delivered to free her. The Lord is good.
Scary. Will any lesson be learnt? I doubt. In other climes, the big people in government having been directly affected, will get angry and swing into action. They'll be provoked to action. But here, they'll either pay the ransom or bully their way to freedom and then fortify their palaces as if the roads and the larger community are safer by so doing. Until they're kidnapped again. And then they go through the motions once more.
May Professor Mrs. Okonjo return safely...
Nigeria is finished.
Kidnapping everywhere. I am telling you it is really BAD. Just the other day I writing about a family member of mine that was kidnapped from the same area. Some of my relatives have vowed never to return. Can you blame them?
Hope she is returned soon and safely.
[News and Features] Okonjo-Iweala's Mom Kidnapped
Gunmen Sunday abducted the mother of the Minister of Finance, Prof Okonjo-Iweala in Ogwahi-Uku, Delta State.
Okonjo-Iweala’s mother (Professor Kamene Okonjo believed to be in her late 70s) who is the wife of His Majesty, Professor Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo Agbogidi, the reigning Obi of Ogwashi-Uku kingdom was kidnapped Sunday at about 1:30 pm from the husband’s palace at Ogbe-Ofu quarters in Ogwahi-Uku by eight gunmen who stormed the palace in two Audi cars.
It could not be immediately ascertained if security men were at the palace when she was kidnapped.
Delta State police public relations officer, PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka in his reaction said “yes, we (police) have got the information on the kidnap and we have also got information that will lead to the arrest of the hoodlums”.
According to a dependable source, the woman who is a trained medical doctor and a professor was pushed into one of the Audi cars and driven to an unknown destination.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said security agents have been drafted to the palace for fear of the unknown.
A senior police officer in the State who pleaded anonymity however said that massive manhunt has commenced to rescue the Queen of Ogwashi-Uku.
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I do not understand this line of reasoning at all. If and when they start kidnapping judges you will blame them and their likes too? A crime has been committed and you are justifying it? This line of reasoning is simply unbelievable.
I hope they find her soon and I hope she is not being maltreated by the hoodlums..
Kidnapping has taken a new dimension. The other day I heard there is now a Kidnappers' Association of Nigeria.
Ask for reactions on this story from the average Nigerian and you will get similar response, if not worse. I don't see her justifying the crime, What i can infer is that the dividends of a failed system will be felt by all, irrespective of position.