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“Bring the money the FG recovered from oil marketers who abused the fuel subsidy scheme” Kidnappers tell Okonjo-Iweala & Make Another N200 Million Ransom Demand

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It’s been three days since the kidnap of Prof. Kanene Okonjo, mother of  Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and media reports have said that negotiations have begun with the kidnappers. It was earlier reported that the kidnappers demanded $1 billion ransom for her release, but after the family made it clear they could not pay the amount, the demand for N200 million was made.

The 82 year-old woman was abducted on Sunday 9th December 2012, at the gate of the palace of the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, who is her husband.

ThisDay reports that the abductors who telephoned the family at noon on Monday, initially demanded to speak with Okonjo-Iweala, but were not allowed to do so. Rather, they were made to speak with the eldest son of the victim, Onyema, who relocated to Ogwashi-Uku on Monday to coordinate the release of his mother.

However, the Minister, who was also ready to travel to Ogwashi-Uku, was advised against the trip by the Delta State Government and security agents. Here is an excerpt from the news report:

It was learnt that the abductors first demanded the resignation of the minister as a precondition for the release of her mother.

Security sources said Onyema, however, insisted on speaking with his mother to ascertain the state of her health and to be sure that he was not dealing with impostors before he could negotiate with the abductors.

After he had spoken with his mother, whom sources said was alive and well despite the trauma, the kidnappers changed their demand by asking Okonjo-Iweala to bring the money the Federal Government had recovered from oil marketers who had abused the fuel subsidy scheme.

Further negotiations with the kidnappers made them reduce the ransom from N1 billion to N200 million, it was learnt. “We are waiting and hope that progress can be made,” one of the sources told THISDAY.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, however denied the report that the kidnappers were demanding $1 billion ransom.  He added that the police had arrested the queen’s police orderly, who was supposed to be on duty on the day she was kidnapped, another policeman and two domestic staff in the palace over the incident.

Demanding for the resignation of the Minister and asking her to bring the money the Federal Government had recovered from oil marketers who had abused the fuel subsidy scheme brings another twist to the story.

We only hope and pray the aged woman is released soon.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

31 Comments

  1. jyde

    December 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Na today?
    Make ngozi commot from govt joor.All these years she has done nothing but kill an divide loot.
    See her greediness now,na 2oomill she wan talk say she no get for house?
    Ok O. small boy sef get dat one, an pass for house.
    Dem tell am say lizard dey use sunglasses? We are not blind O.
    Ngozi u better settle, an adjust your balance for your U.S/SWISS accts.
    Even her own 82yrs old mama is suffering an she no wan settle.
    An some of you tink say na better person be dis.
    No be nijah we dey?
    i close mouth joor.

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    • Okechukwu Ofili

      December 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      ignorance.

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    • Ada di ora

      December 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Its not only the rich who get kidnapped!
      So Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is now the root cause of Naija’s problem? Its ignorance of the masses like you that are the problem with Nigeria. Please take time to really dig into the history behind your nation before opening your God given mouth, to talk anyhow.

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    • jyde

      December 13, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Like say u dey here dey suffer. see goat wey dey bark.
      Do you kno wetin ngozi don do for us here in nigeria NO.
      Make u dey dere dey chop green pepper.

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  2. Chum chum

    December 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Abeg they should do and release this woman, this is not good for her at her age.

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    • hmmmmmmmmmm

      December 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      This has just shown the world that Nigeria isn’t a safe haven as our “Leaders” have claimed.
      Mother of the No 3 person in the country abducted for 3 days and counting and abductors haven’t been captured???
      And to think that this happens to a commoner like every passing day! God have mercy!!

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  3. gbeborun

    December 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Let me tell you the biggest joke on earth, its called NIGERIA, so things have got so bad that they would kidnap an 82yr old woman, i thought africans are supposed to be the ones who love and respect the elderly, this is MADNESS

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  4. Beenie

    December 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    They obviously know who are responsible for this.They will soon sort themselves out.I’m sure the woman is being taken care of just that psychologically won’t be ok..God go save Naija

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  5. Debs

    December 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I condemn the act of kidnapping in its entirety but Okonjo Iweala should have known better esp with her position when you step on some big wigs toes they definately would want to strike back. Security should have been better briefed around her family. I wish her mum is re-united with her family soon. To say money would not exchange hands…well lets keep watching.

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  6. NNENNE

    December 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    @ gbeberun….. How bad could it be? Worst than Nigerian civil war or post civil war when people were said to have been given two pounds as their life savings?
    Even if you give these fools a hundred billion, they will still remain poor because only lazy people can engage in this kind of stupid act.
    There millions and millions of Nigerians living below the poverty line but remain very
    honorable. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR PROMOTING KIDNAPPING.
    KIDNAPPING KILLS JOBS, DRIVES AWAY THE RICH AMONG US WHO WOULD LOVE TO HELP OTHERS, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE TARGETS.
    DILIGENCE, HONESTY,WOULD MAKE THINGS BETTER.
    THE GOVT. SHOULD FIGHT CORRUPTION TOO.
    LET US PLEASE ATTRACT INVESTORS IN NIGERIA.

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  7. ucylo

    December 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    GOd pls show up

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  8. JohnsonJohnson

    December 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Abeg o make una forgive me, but them say no stone goes unturned. Make them keep the old woman small, I want to see how wicked Okonjo-Iweala, its ur mother’s life on the line and the way it seems, it be like say u dey form big girl, when u are suppose to be begging and pleading and emptying your account to get your mother back. So you choose either you save your mom or you save your money its that simple. So is she saying she dont have the money the kidnappers are asking for? Its a shame if you haven’t paid them.

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    • Okechukwu Ofili

      December 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Its people like you that encourage kidnapping. Begging for what…any idiot can kidnap a person, should we start honoring? Abegi…

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    • IfeD

      December 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Don’t waste your words on such people, I refuse to believe they ar adults. Mere teenagers who have got no clue!!

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    • Ada di ora

      December 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Abeg unless a fam member of yours has been kidnapped, please be quiet. You have NO idea what happens. You think its just to utter whatever money comes to mind, and then it is paid instantly.

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    • jyde

      December 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Or you no see my broda? Person wey give nijah money to world bank to accumulate intrest.
      Some people think ngozi is an angel.
      No be 4dis nijah O.
      we are not sayin its good what happn to her poor 82yrs old mama,but how u go dey form dey make ako an your mamas life is at risk.
      She has over reached herself with the people who get power pass am.
      No be nijah we dey? Ok now.
      poor people wey dem people dey miss daily no get money for ransome,ngozi get am.
      Make she settle joor.

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  9. Benson

    December 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I condemn this act in totality.No matter what Madam Ngozi did she simply does not deserve this.Please Nigerians let us be kind to each other.This was not the country that i used to know when i was growing up.Things have seriously change in Nigeria.May be because of the new technology.I partly also blame the politicians for the country present woes.May God continue to protect the innocent and his own.I believe God will deal with the bad and wicked ones in our mist.It is just a matter of time.

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  10. Chidinma

    December 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Lmao @ the kidnappers. na pepper dem dey price? Omo see the diff! chai! hope she released soon tho.

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    • Tempo

      December 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Lmao @ na peper the, dey price….Chidinma ur a joker!
      For some reason, my gut tells me that Ifeanyi Mba might be connected to this kidnap case.

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  11. Iris

    December 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    These geezers are not serious. They sound like the kind they’ll catch before they’ve made it out the door with the money. From 1 billion dollars (ROTFL) to 200 million naira and they didn’t even get to speak with the person they wanted to speak with. They’ve carried away an old woman and are talking about collecting oil money… So it’s OUR stolen oil money they want for themselves. Unless they’re planning to distribute that money to the general populace for Christmas they’re not different from the thieves they’re complaining about.

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    • Ada di ora

      December 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Nigerians our biggest prob is greed! This people are selfish and anyone supporting them is equally greedy, does nothing to help Nigeria as a nation!

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  12. Kiki

    December 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    @Johnson: You obviously have never had anybody kidnapped to make such a callous statement. Even if you do not support Okonjo-Iweala’s policies surely kidnapping an old woman is not a way to make your case heard. If you have nothing better to say, please shut up. May it never happen to you.

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  13. Brandigest

    December 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    This is what u get when the government have failed in their responsibility… When poor and neglected citizens are angry, the rich and the privileged cannot have a good sleep… A lot of kidnapping is going on in Nigeria but we don’t get to hear them we only heared this one cos it’s okonjo. http://www.brandigest.wordpress.com

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  14. Xtsy

    December 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Cheapskates.
    They should just make sure they take good care of grandma.

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  15. Ola

    December 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    one more reason why she should leave nigeria to its decay. Based on the comments on this page, nigerians def deserve their gorvernment…mschewww. Ngozi, go back to world bank where your skills and brains will be better served and appreciated

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  16. femmelounge

    December 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    this is some scary stuff. no one is safe from being kidnapped.
    http://www.femmelounge.org

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  17. OtWalters

    December 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    These are all results of corruption, neglect of the masses, and poverty. Billions of naira crosses hands everyday and yet nothing to show for it only jeeps ,mansions and trips abroad. Even the small houses are being demolished for the rich to take over. I foresee a revolution until the gap between the rich and the poor is quickly closed up.

    For the old mama I just pray that rescue will come quickly, but I think one day it may be a minister or even a senator or a top politician. May God save Nigeria from internal foes.

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  18. Sarah

    December 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    She should give them the money jor…After all everyone has to benefit from National Cake……give them the money jor…stupid leaders

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  19. Cool cat

    December 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    kidnap is bad, kidnapping an old woman is even worse and every man shall be held accountable for his actions. but wait o, these kidnappers have disappointed me biggg time. 200m kpere? onto mdam okonjo, so you will let your mother spend another day with kidnappers over 200m? na so you like money? and to the nigerian police arresting domestic staff, una well done. bunch of incompetent nitwits.

    pls they should pay the money quickly so mama can be released and i hope with this, the finance minister will champion equipping the nigerian police force and security personnel in general. they need tracking devices, cctv cameras on all major streets, training on rescue missions, ammunition, better salaries, pension plans, death benefits, communication gadgets. i hope this act touches her to appeal to uncle jona that the lives of nigerians mean something, that indiscriminate killings, kidnapping, bombing should be fought to a stand still. they should stop folding their arms while nigerians die like chickens every single day. she should not only fight to get her mother back home but also fight for the security of all nigerians

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  20. nelly

    December 13, 2012 at 2:23 am

    It’s a shame that nigerians open their mouths stupidly.This is a woman who went to harvard,been a director @the world bank and yet has refusedd to take up american citizenship which would have helped her be the president of world bank,rather she choose to serve her so called country and ths is what she gets fro them.she should pls come back here were she is valued and forget that cursed country.when nemesis comes with death I hope they will be able to pay their ransom!

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  21. phantom

    December 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

    @ Nelly & Ola, i know right!! Reading through some of the comments here has left a sour taste in my mouth. Love her or loathe her, the fact remains that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a brilliant woman who decided to use her skills to better her country, even while she had the chance to go peddle it some place else for big bucks. Encouraging such dastardly act as this against her person, either overtly or impliedly, will only make other brilliant Nigerians stay away for good.

    And as for those as for those gullibly asking her to pay the ransome demanded, please be informed that payment is no guarantee that her mother will be released alive. Other considerations have to be factored in and considered before money is hurriedly paid to these rascals. I know of someone whose second son was almost seized when he went to drop ransome money for his kidnapped sibling. In this game of greed, the oliver always wants some more. always. just ask people that have been affected. And if you dont have anything helpful to contribute, kindly shut the hell up.

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