Okonjo-Iweala’s mum: Kidnappers demand $1 billion ransom

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The kidnappers who abducted 82-years-old Prof. Kanene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at her family home in Ogwashi Uku, Delta State, may be demanding $1 billion ransom. According to elombah.com., the queen of Obi (Prof.) Chukwukla Aninshi Okonjo was kidnapped on Sunday at about 1:30 pm from the husband’s palace at Ogbe-Ofu quarters in Ogwahi-Uku by 10 gunmen who stormed the palace in two Volkswagen Gulf cars.

The unconfirmed $1 billion ransom, according to source, was relayed to the family of the queen yesterday. It is yet to be seen how the family will react to this development, but in a statement made available to elombah.com yesterday, the minister’s spokesman, Paul Nwabuikwu said: “At this point, it is difficult to say whether those behind this action are the same people who have made threats against the Coordinating Minister in the recent past or other elements with hostile motives.

No possibility can be ruled out at this point.” Meanwhile, Umu Anioma Foundation Worldwide has demanded the immediate release of the queen. In a statement made available to elombah.com and signed by Prince Charles Anyasi, the National Coordinator/Spokesman, the group said: “Once again, the image smear on Delta State has been brought to the fore with the unfortunate kidnapping of the aged mother of Nigeria’s energetic Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from her home in Ogwashi-Uku a few hours ago.

A few months ago, it was the turn of another prominent Anioma family to sweat in search of their mother who was abducted in her farm. As the security operatives continued the search for Okonjo-Iweala’s mother, an impeccable source had disclosed to Daily Sun that the identities of the kidnappers were already known.

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was no hiding place for the perpetrators as, according to him, security operatives were already on top of the situation and are trailing the suspects. “We have identified the boys and we are after them.

We have equally made contacts with their families to prevail on their children to release the victim or face the wrath of the law.” The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba told Daily Sun on phone that the police were already combing all the bushes in the state. “We want to remain focused and we don’t want any distraction at this point in time.

While we appreciate journalists’ concern over the matter, we will appreciate their understanding of our situation and the need to remain focused until our objectives are met. We are not resting until we rescue the victim and fish out the perpetrators.”

The Deputy Force Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Mr. Frank Mba said the manhunt fort the kidnappers was ongoing. He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar had mobilized Delta State Command with human and financial resources to fish out the kidnappers.

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  1. Only 1 billion dollars? Those kidnappers must be too poor! How could they demand $1b from woman that keeps a whole country’s money? Okonjo pay them quik quik joor!
    Dear kidnappers, ur next target will be in a village in Bayelsa state called Otuoke! There’s a woman there waiting for u! GBAM!






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    • This joke is out of hand, u have bitten more than you can chew. Do not blame okonjo family for your woes in life. Look at what a whole man like you is doing at pages of newspaper. This you gona tell your children. Go get a life jooo

      • 9thmile abeg shout up! Since they have the money they shld pay.D Sun claim to know the boys, please ask them to release the woman but make sure you are not aresting inocent ones. Since they rich men will keep money in d bank & ask the masses to die

  2. hey…………………………this boys and there chairman are too greed people for that police will sure get them in Jesus name…………………………for the queen and obi note that your palace suppose to be too busy and full of area boys i mean your people must be around the palace always

  3. KIDNAPPERS! ARMED ROBBERS!! RITUALISTS!!! TERRORISTS!!!! HUMAN TRAFFICKERS!!!! AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES ARE WHAT OUR COUNTRY IS NOTABLY KNOWN FOR. ALL THESE VICES HAVE BECOME BIG BUSINESSES COURTESY THE EFFECTS OF CONTINUED UNPRECEDENTED CORRUPTIONS IN HIGH PLACES IN NIGERIA. MAY GOD RESCUE THE OLD LADY ALIVE FROM HER CAPTORS. SHAME ON NIGERIAN LEADERS!!!

    • Nowhere is safe in Nigeria, with criminals gaining easy access to guns. Not even the South West can boast of a low crime rate. I blame the illiterates in power from local government to state and Federal. even the President is lost, so how can the country be saved. 2012 is the descent into a dark period of terrorism, murders, kidnappings and armed robbery. Forget Boko Haram, they are here to stay sine the Northerners know whom amongst them belong to this evil terror cult and refuse to divulge such. The police is led by poorly trained officers who in a resonable society would have all been sacked. The President and his entire cabinet, the members of the national assembly and state governors have failed Nigeria. Forget about the useless state houses of assembly. Do we need a coup to help redress these injustices?

  4. Kidnapping is killer of Investment, business ABA is dead remain others fools support bad thing because they don`t think of thire future generation

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  6. The big question is ,are we ready to fight corrupt leaders (pen robbers) the way we are fighting kidnappers, 419ers,arm robbers ,human traffickers and boko-haram otherwise it will remain efforts in futility. Our leaders are just bunch of pretenders, deploying the whole police and Army to Fitch-out these kidnappers has not solved the problem. As long as this national cake is does not go round , kidnappers and other vices that creates quick money can not stop.

    Let the govt in powers summon the will power to convict those who have stolen billions as a deter ant. and use the money to give free education and create good job.

  7. “Conscienceless idiots” the earlier you release the innocent woman the better for you “fools” (kidnappers) because there is no hiding place as the elite squads from both the army and the police have been unleashed to track you guys out. Kidnapping should be condemned in it’s entirety…it’s the height of man’s inhumanity to his fellow human being.

  8. Caling d kidnapers names wudn’t solve…wat if they decided 2exterminate d woman..though am nt prayin 4dat..d truth is dat naija has so many problems and until these problems are solved..these vices ar likely gona continue…punishin d theives in govt and job creation…wil b a step 4ward.

  9. Father forgive them for they no not what the are doing, also Father give Ngozi the wisdom to tell Goodluck to start the reviving most of the companies and small scale industries all over the country like Ajaokwuta steel etc. Because in abia alone we have more than 10 bis companies dead, like glass industry, Golden G and so on. And if posible assist some private and ailing firms with finance that can be paid back over time. Thank u maa

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  11. The comments of some people in this forum is unfortunate, to say the least. How can somebody directly or indirectly approve of Kidnapping, because the leaders are corrupt. Why kidnap an 82 years old woman that had worked hard to attain a Professorial position. This is just madness, I do hope that the security operatives are sincerely on the trail of the Kidnappers. This woman will now die with the ugly memory of this incidence.

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  13. The monumental money those kidnappers re demanding sounds too funny,if Nigerian govt pay their External and Internal debts i dont’ think Nigeria as a nation will worth more than $500million dollars..why demanding $1billion dollars mr kidnapper?

    • ..and they say kidnapin is as a result of poverty in d land. when these boys wia teens,they refused 2go2 sch or malingerd,loiterd evn whn they go wtout etendin classes. when they passd sch age,they bcame touts,tugs,bus conductors etc. if they are introduced 2 learn tradin or handwork,they wuld steal from dia masters & off in d street as recidivists waitin 2 comit robery,rape and al oda vices. from dia they admire/covet flashy cars,gud houses etc from pple who had patience/endurance from d crash..so wht do tink they wuld do…? tho we hv corruptn & unemployment in d county but dt shudnt b d ticket 4 kidnapin..see d amount of money they demanded to tel u dt they boys are bunch of punks.

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  15. wot funke Egbemode said is happening,A situation where they gave jobs to their own,western Education to theirs,contract,fuel importation to their pple,wot do dey expect.its better for dis Mumu in Aso Rock to wake up nd stop dis marginalisation of d poor or d next target will be his Mother or wife.As dey dnt want to stop dis waste,Okonjo pls use d money for d building of d new Banquet hall in Aso cage nd d money for Nnamdi Sambos new cage nd pay d Kidnappers.is it nt their money???God will punish all of U pple,Dis is d begining.i dey laugh o.

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  17. It is unimagineable and lack of sensitivity on the part of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to have allowed her parents to live without any armed security details in their home. How could such a personality having known the position she occupies and also with security situation of the country to be so unwise to such an extent. Even surprising is that she had had some threat some time ago. I blame you Ngozi partly for the torment your mother is passing through. I pray she gets out!

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  19. Could this be the figure that some marketers are claiming fraudlently that the honourable minister has refused to pay? Time will tell.

  20. Chief Akpaniko on

    This Igbo desporadoes really want to enjoy Xmas to the full. Whopping $1b. The old woman life is precious than anything in the world so, Madam Okonjo, na ya small brothers weh bad governance produce nai thief ya mama. The boys must chop xmas for London. Germany etc, like people wah de Steal (kidnap) Nigeria money inside Aso Rock. Igbos can steal the mama of Obama if Osama trust Igbo man. See d Andy Uba family of kidnappers, kidnap a whole governor in his office! Who teach them? E de blood boo. See you another time on Igbo season infinitum!

  21. Those bastards has stir bees nest, they should be ready for the consequences. It is now that you will know that Nigerian police can work. Big fish is now involved. They must capture those idiots very soon.

  22. $1billion ramson.All these criminal Ibos people they want to used the queen mother for their happy Xmas and new year. They thought the Fin. Minister have money printing machine in Abuja. Nawa for these people’ O.please the security operatives should should try their best and get the old woman out from the hands of these bastard.

    • HARUNA BOKO HARAM, AM HAPPY U REFER TO DELTAINS AS NDI IGBO, B’COS THEY CLAIM THEY ARE NOT IGBOS. UR PPLE THAT COMMIT GENOCIDE IN THE NAME OF ISLAM U CAN’T ADDRESS AS BASTARDS, SEE UR LIVE. DO U KNOW UR FATHER? ALMAJIREE LIKE U. BOKO HARAM

  23. May the Lord touch the heart of these kidnappers and may mama return home safe IJN, Amen!

    Those who are kidnapping or have intentions of kidnapping, God is watching you, if you don’t repent, you will see the ransom you will beg for your own life! Remember the story of Judas Iscariot in the Bible. He received the money , threw it away and went to commit sucide!

    Repent ! and the lord will show you mercy.

    God Bless.
    Jide.

  24. May the Lord touch the heart of these kidnappers and may mama return home safe IJN, Amen!

    Those who are kidnapping or have intentions of kidnapping, God is watching you, if you don’t repent, you will see the ransom you will beg for your own life! Remember the story of Judas Iscariot in the Bible. He received the money , threw it away and went to commit suicide!

    Repent ! and the Lord will show you mercy.

    God Bless.
    Jide.

  25. Haruna Sako God will plaster this ur dirty mouth you use to eat suya , why mention IBOS, if you don’t know how talk is better you close your dirty mouth. you the Bako Haram. thief . animal like you.

    • @James ,you are the most stupid idiots because you are defending your people on the criminal issue and these kidnappers are ibos not doubt about it.

  26. l am very sorry that is the Queen Mother, guys please leave the woman alone. if anything happened to this woman l will personal fight your guys ok. you suppose to kidnapper Ngozi Iwala her self not the mother. you guys most get the governors, Minsters even the president so that they will cough this billion money they saving in overseas and let poor die without good food, good road, no electricity , water and good medical hospital . people will graduate without a job. so that the government will find solution for kidnappers and the people of FGN.

  27. taiwo oladipupo on

    its unfurtunate what nigeria leaders has suddenly turn the country into. i wodnt be suprise if all the leaders and their families are now falling into the net of the snares because they are the cause of nigeria problems. the kidnnappers. thiefs, ritualist and other get rich quick organisations did not just fall into this act, but circumstances has warranted. can i please appealed to the gorvernent to provide more jobs and stop using the country resources for their wellbeing and getting more foks to be poorer. i think it is a wake up call.

  28. What abt dose who kidnaped nigerian money? Look at d pages of sun news full of issues &facts of lundered &lunderins of money dat ‘re stil goin on! Ex-gov’nors, reps, senetors, ministers, chiefs of security engencies &den d bigger thieves like (IBB) (OBJ) (ATIKU) etc, GEJ &IGP how many police &army hv u deployed 2arrest d kidnappers of nigerian wealth? Dere’s no truth in nigeria. God punish our rulers. Amen!

  29. NWANKWO HYGINUS on

    YOU DEMONIC LEADER IN LOW AND HIGH PLACES CAN NEVER IMAGINE WHAT YOU WILL ENCOUNTER IN A NO DISTANT TIME. FOR YOU HAVE TAMPERED WITH THE CITIZENS ENOUGH!!! THERE WILL BE A SPORADIC HEAVENLY CHANGE FOR YOU ALL THAT HAS BEEN CAUSING ALL THESE CHAINS AND FLEETS OF AGONY TO THE COUNTRY WILL SOON MEET YOUR DOOM

  30. Too bad a news! But I am not happy with the commentators who are insulting Igbo people. Why should somebody assert that the kidnappers are Igbo boys? It is at least, a celebration of naked madness.

  31. Terrorists, armed robbers, ritualists, public looters, kidnappers, human and drug traffickers, fraudsters and the host of them are now the by-products of the Nigerian government. It is a pity. I have asked myself, “Why is it that they don’t kidnap in USA, Britain, Japan or even in African countries?” Until the government live up to its responsibility of ensuring the proper welfare of the masses. Every year, we pump out graduates in the streets without providing jobs for them. Therefore, they resort to other means. I believe one day the president may be kidnapped. People in government are just greedy and stingy, making and stealing a lot of public money while the masses wallow in hardship. For Naija, it is better not to get very rich and remain safe, than getting very rich and stand the risk of being kidnapped. God help us and make our country great. Please young men release the poor woman.

  32. Those in support of the abominable act of abducting this old woman are big disgrace to humanity. You must wake up from your fantasies and embrace the reality of life. And for the abductors, you think it is that easy to get such an outrageous demand and have it just like that? I promise you, all your efforts will meet a brick wall and not even a dollar or a dine you will get. Better repent from this vicious act before the wrath of God catch up with you.

  33. My country -people, can somebody tell me the difference between armed- robbery, kidnapping and boko-haramism ? Can you imagine the gap between the rich and the poor in a country that prides itself as the giant of Africa ? All these social vices are emanating from the corruption and social injustice we have allowed to be in our system for decades.
    I can write authoritatively that No government in Nigera has ever sat down and thought about the welfare of their youths. Has the killing of armed-robbers and kidnappers stop the crime in our society? NO is the answer…Perhaps, Aba in Abia State is a place to get the original answer.
    To put these ugly occurrences to a stop in our country, I suggest :
    ( 1) our leaders must wake up and address the social injustice in our system..
    (2) Jobs MUST be created for the army of unemployed youths,
    (3) free education given to the people at least from nursery to secondary school level and finally
    (4) let the government start giving benefit allowances to the job-seekers as it is done here in the UK.
    (5) let the government start a sensitization program against immorality, corruption and get-rich-quick syndrome among our youths.
    (6) the youths should be well directed in our religious institutions, schools , colleges and universities as they still and will always remain our leaders of tomorrow.
    I believe this will reduce crime in our system if only greed will allow our selfish leaders to do so. Remember Nigeria is naturally blessed. There is enough for our needs and not enough for our greed!

  34. Kanney uk i realy appritiate ur solu Nig problem is no just region,trive or religion. The are all thesame Mr Uk if we join and movilize our couleagh arond us insult and acquezin is nt our teaching. Let salvete Nig 4 our younger genaration. We ll supriz them 2015 by God will victory is by our side. Let unite and make Nig great!

  35. Pay no terrorists any kobo and this madness will stop. What is sad is that the old lady may not survive the shock. Lazy people should not be rewarded. If you don’t work,you don’t eat and God made it clear in the Bible. I believe this madness will end when we have the right to bear arms to protect ourselves from evil men such as there kidnappers.What is certain is that they will get their rewards when they end up in hellfire. Repent fools before it is too late!

  36. Everyboy just want to pass comments, we fail to realize that every nigeran is a potencial target, be you a public office holder or civil servant, the simple fact is ” it is an offence to get rich in nigeria” legitimately. No matter the source of your wealth, once it is clear that you are comfortable; kidnappers will go after that person. Is it because you don’t have enough wealth today and you feel you and your family is free……. Have a rethink because you can be a genuin successfu man tomorrow and if any of you familiy members is kidnapped people Also will now come up in this forum to say ” pay them the ransome”. We should be careful of the comments we make, because e fit be you. What we need to do is to join hands and fight the situation at hand.

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