Okonjo-Iweala’s mother is freed Reviewed by Momizat on . Kamene Okonjo, the mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was kidnapped five days ago, has been r Kamene Okonjo, the mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was kidnapped five days ago, has been r Rating:
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Okonjo-Iweala’s mother is freed

Kamene Okonjo, the mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was kidnapped five days ago, has been released.

The news of the finance Minister’s mom was confirmed by the governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan in an interview with the BBC.

Mr Uduaghan said the captors of Mrs Okonjo dropped her off at about 10:30am on Friday morning on the main road along her residence.

He said the kidnappers had probably decided to let her go because they were under pressure.

“The army and police have been on their trail and a lot of raids have been done. I think because of the heat they dropped her off on the highway,” Mr Uduaghan said.

The governor denied that any ransom was paid for Mrs Okonjo’s release, claiming it was not government policy to pay ransoms but families sometimes negotiate with the kidnappers privately.

“For this one we also insisted that we would not pay any ransom [and] as a government we would not negotiate with anybody,” he said.

He also revealed that a young man who had dropped Mrs Okonjo has been arrested and is being questioned.

63 people were reportedly arrested in raids conducted during the five days search for the Minister’s mom.

The Minister, through a statement signed by her Special Adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu, confirmed that “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 statement added that: “the Okonjo Family is full of thanks to the Almighty for this happy development.”

The family through the statement said they are “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 as well other friends and well-wishers within and outside government for their prayers and encouragement during a very difficult period. “

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HZJ5MA2BBWVFZQRADX6CRJAWIE Sarah

    Thank God for her release. To God be all the Glory

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LXG2USEC7RBFQYQJ7M5DOG7LE4 ABIYE

    How much did they pay? Why are there so much secrecies on how kidnap victims are been released. Police and Military please tell us how you secured her release???

  • http://www.facebook.com/anuoluwapo.oladipo Anuoluwapo Oladipo

    I hope no ransom was paid? We really need the military to help flush out all these criminals by sending them to the world beyond where they can do no one any harm.
    Also it is really sad that we have never had good government since 1960. Recently I went to SA and saw a country that works. The fact that they have functioning automobile industry and manufacture most of their products there is a good testimony of a country that works.
    But Nigerians have gone to soil their image by selling drugs. I pray the government of SA executes all of them. Coming back home one is faced with harassment from Nigerian Immigration officers who always want to extort money from travelers, touts that have turned MMA into an exploiting arena, conveyors platform not working thus the use of touts to offload travelers luggage which results in stealing, no electricity, no light, noise pollution, air pollution from generator fumes, traffic hold up due to rail service not existing, big ditches on the high way etc.
     

  • http://twitter.com/Odueke Adeniyi

    Thank God for her release. But her kidnap is a clear disrepected to tradition of that kingdon, for a king’s wife to be kidnapped? abormination!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U25FAU5HDP2GSULXKVG4G5F6KM Ayee Delta

    Okonjos must have paid through the anus, I know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chukwudi.kennedy.56 Chukwudi Kennedy

    I immensely wish to appreciate the efforts of all the security agencies in Nigeria and the Police in particular for their unrelenting efforts towards her release. Kudos! Nigeria Police Force and the Army.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/chukwudi.kennedy.56 Chukwudi Kennedy

    I immensely wish to appreciate the efforts of all the security agencies
    in Nigeria and the Police in particular for their unrelenting efforts
    towards her been released. Kudos! Nigeria Police Force and the Army including the heart-touching individuals who might have assisted them with useful information that led to her rescue.
    We need to flush out these societal destroyers (kidnappers and adultnappers) before their activities overtake the sociocultural behaviour of this great Nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000278584382 Stephen Bosah

    God is good,thanks be to God for touching the hearts of the kidnappers to free the woman.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HNVZYDBIXGTC3WJQE2OHBRLQJM Bolade

    I almost write to Political Platform about this result but I hesitated, now it is paining me I did not. It will always come to “They dropped the kidnapped person without ransom  whenever a high value government  official relative is kidnapped. Who is deceiving who? You mean the people bold enough to kidnap the mother of a serving minister and held her for 5 solid days despite the heavy publicity “just release her”? You mean they do not mean business, they are not serious about the ransom they are coward to have dare at all, or government is coward to declare they have paid to secure her? I wonder what would have made someone go through that ordeal in the first place if I can accept nothing! How can we believe this? And how can we trust the government? Please, give me a break. I’ve always support the government on good policies even when the results are not visible yet, but I cannot cope with lies. I prefer truth, even when it is very bitter. We may not need to know how much, but they should stop insulting our intelligence. They know the story will go away sooner than a month just like every other case of corruption involving the big guys in government. We will never get to know who kidnapped, and that is what we want the government to tell us, not weather they pay or not.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQZF3RUUEG6SHAWJHLC26PUZM4 Travis William

    I will start by saying that Nigeria police and the Governor Uduaghan is telling us lies in this story, read sun news where CP of delta state shamefully comes up with false story of how his men killed and rescued the woman interesting, he  Claim that it was his men who rescued the woman,but she return back home on a Bike  if Police rescued her wouldn’t they have drove her back home on police car ? are you following me in this interesting story? but here again  Governor Uduaghan is saying she was released because those guys are under pressure is all lie ,  those Guys wouldn’t have been under any pressure, those guys are MAFIAS  before someone could embark on such suicide mission they would have know the risk their getting into,  so i am sure  their  well prepared not to be under any pressure of any sort , the truth of the whole matter is that OKONJO’S has already paid the #200million after all is a peanut to Ngozi considering how much she’s been stealing from Nigeria,to avoid scandal in the name of OKONJO’S family they denied the payment ,and also to put fear in the minds of other kidnappers, thats why all this false story is coming up from the police and the Governor , so let not anybody make a fool of Nigeria again by saying they did not pay,

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