THE VANGUARD.December 14,2012
Prof Kamene Okonjo kidnapped morher of Minister of Finance, Prof. Okonjo-Iweala.
Vanguard can authoritatively report that Prof Kaneme Okonjo, the mother of Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala who was released Friday morning, has arrived home at the Obi’s Palace in Ogwashi-Ukwu.
Our correspondent reports that there was tight security around the palace as visitors were denied entry into the house where the 82-year old queen was abducted Sunday December 9, 2012.
The mood in the town is said to be generally quiet and devoid of jubilation as expected when kidnapped persons regain their freedom.
In a statement, Special Adviser on Media to the Coordinating Minister, Paul Nwabuikwu, said the wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu, Chukuka Okonjo, was released Friday morning.
“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 as well other friends and well wishers within and outside government for their prayers and encouragement during a very difficult period. May God bless you all.”
The Nigeria army yesterday said soldiers had arrested 63 people in raids conducted during the search for Prof. Okonjo.