Professor Mrs Kamene Okonjo ,the kidnapped mother of Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been released earlier today.No details have been disclosed about how she was freed, but a statement by Paul C Nwabuikwu ,special adviser to the coordinating minister confirmed her release.The statement also thanked government functionaries and security agencies for their support.
Nwabuikwu in a statement a short while ago said “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”Paul said.
He added that “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.”