The 82 year-old mother of the Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Kamene Okonjo was kidnapped 5 days ago from her home in Delta State by unknown assailants and it has been confirmed that she has been released.
The Special Adviser on Media to the Okonjo-Iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu, said she was released this morning, but no details as to what prompted the release.
“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,” Mr Nwabuikwu said in the statement via Premium Times
The initial demand for the payment was rumored to be about N1billion and was later reduced to N200 million. The demands also included a call for her immediate resignation from the office of Minister of Finance.