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.