From ISAAC ANUMIHE, Abuja
The family of Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, in Delta State, has expressed happiness over the release of Professor Kamene Okonjo, kidnapped mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In a statement yesterday confirming the released of the 82-year-old woman, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, said Prof Okonjo was released yesterday morning after five days abduction.
According to Nwabuikwu, the family is highly appreciative to God, President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the security agencies and Nigerians. “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 statement said.
Prof Okonjo was abducted in her husband’s palace when 10 hoodlums stormed the place and whisked her into a waiting Volkswagen Golf car. The abduction generated a lot of uproar among Nigerians, causing President Goodluck Jonathan to mobilise all the security organisations to relocate to Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State and secure her release.