From: PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
Prof. Kamene Okonjo, the mother of Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been freed by kidnappers.
Okonjo, 82, was abducted five days ago.
Special Adviser (Media) to Okonjo-Iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu, confirmed this development in a statement.
The statement by Nwabuikwu reads in full: “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. “
Okonjo was kidnapped on Sunday night by eight gunmen at the palace of Prof. Chukuka Okonjo.