A security source has just confirmed to Saharareporters that the kidnapped mother of Nigeria's finance minister, Professor Kamene Okonjo has been freed by security forces in Delta state.
Professor Okonjo was kidnapped by dare-devil kidnappers from her home on December 9 2012 while attending to workers fixing her palace gate.
Sources can authoritatively confirm that Prof Koneme Okonjo, the mother of Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala who was released Friday morning, has arrived home at the Obi’s Palace in Ogwuashi-Ukwu.
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, released a statement today shortly after the release of her mother from kidnappers in Delta state.
The statement below did not offer much detail about Professor Kamene Okonjo release from kidnappers 5 days after the 82-year woman was kidnapped from her home in the state.
However, the statement praised President Goodluck Jonathan, security agencies and some state governors for their support throughout her ordeal. Family sources told SaharaReporters that the minister refused to negotiate directly with the kidnappers throughout the saga.
Security sources earlier told SaharaReporters that Mrs. okonjo had been released from kidnappers but details of her release from kidnappers remains sketchy.
“We are highly appreciative of your support” – Okonjo-Iweala
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.
Paul C Nwabuikwu
Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance.