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.
The Prof was lucky. A man was lamenting on radio this morning that his brother was kidnapped 4 months ago and after paying a 4 million Naira ransom, the guy has not been released. They did not know whether he was alive or dead as he spoke. Maybe 10 million Naira is the magic that gets you released fast and unhurt.
You have hit the right button. There are many cases where the victims were killed despite paying the ransom. Believe it or not, many of these cases remain unsolved. Sometimes, they increase their demand after collecting the initial sum. A monarch has not been accounted for more than one year after he was kidnapped. The question is- when will our governments take security serious? It has now become obvious that, as you put it earlier, even the rich now cry in Nigeria.
Enyi, I think I am beginning to see your point. The kidnapping thing is getting closer home. A pastor friend of mine got kidnapped since Thursday. I didn't know about it till this afternoon. Yes, the demand is the now normal N10m. The church members are struggling to raise the tithe to free their pastor, but what they have so far is a far cry from what was demanded. They have vowed to use prayers to complete the rest.
Yeah, they reported to the police but the Nigerian police asked them to bring N150k so they can hire tracker that would be fixed to the ransom money that would help them track the criminals. They claimed only one man has the gadget in Rivers State. Of course, my friend's church members will not have anything to do with that arrangement.
I wish them luck. Sometimes, the victims are held under inhumane conditions and are subjected to physical abuse as a means of hastening the payment of ransom.
in many places like mexico and latin America they will kill them or be torturing them to scar their lives permanently and kill them in psychological way. paying money for release is not a solution. the question is what is the police doing? what about others who have no such money to pay?
Frankly, it is beyond the Police as presently constituted. Both FGN and state governments have to first develop a political will to fight insecurity in all its forms. We must not forget that our politicians sowed the seed of insecurity. Now everybody is reaping the whirlwind. I shall continue to stress that Law and Order is for the good of both the rich and the poor; the high and mighty as well as the low and weak. Anarchy is an ill-wind that blows nobody good.
I found this informative.