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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Mother Released from Kidnappers’ Custody



Five days after she was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, the 82 year-old mother of the Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Kamene Okonjo has been released. She was kidnapped last Sunday from her home in Delta State.

The Special Adviser on Media to the Okonjo-Iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu, said she was released this morning. These are excerpts of his statement according to Premium Times.

“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,” Mr Nwabuikwu said in the statement.

He did not offer any further explanation on how her release was secured, nor how much ransom was paid.

It was reported earlier that Mrs Okonjo’s abductors made various demands, including an initial demand for the payment of about N1billion, which they later  reduced to N200 million, and a call for the  immediate resignation of the Minister from office.

We are glad she has been released and is now safe with her family and friends.

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


  1. NNEKA

    December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm


  2. Benson

    December 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    E’she Baba.

  3. mcclaren michael

    December 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm


  4. Khafeel

    December 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Its good to know that the old woman is back hone to her family. I just wish that the urgency and importance with which Mr President and the security agencies took the case if the kidnapped queen would be extended to all Nigerians who are facing similar challenges.

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  5. Yellow sissy

    December 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Racks and racks of lies… They’ve gone to give money to their family members saying its kidnappers..l they won’t even tell us how much they paid cos they knowwww! Jonathan God is watching you! Ngoziiiiii clap for yourself rubbish

  6. jyde

    December 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Before you all start this thank god etc etc,it wasnt god .It was bonny crude.
    I close mouth joor.


    December 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Thank God

  8. bola

    December 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    d abductors are fools if they didn’t get any… ransome.the okwonjos should spend part of d loot nah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. A.Henry

    December 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I thank the lord almighty for this latest developement.and to every one that contributed in one way or the other towards the release of our queen may God bless you all immensely

  10. Ajeroh.Henry

    December 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Indeed all ogwashi-uku people and well wishers can say ‘its the lords doing and it’s marvelous in our sight’ well come our queen

  11. Glam

    December 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    And the opera ends…I wish the lives of Nigerians would be this valuable to the government.

    • hmmmmmmmmmm

      December 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      BN pls where is the like comment??

  12. Cool cat

    December 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Shame on the govt. with all the big big names mentioned, not one arrest was made. What a shame on security operatives. If Jonathan will succumb to extortion, what hope do we civilians have?

  13. chichi

    December 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Now i dont live in 9ja and i may be following this whole thing wrong but yall dont find it interesting that this woman was released after the senate approved the supplementary $1billion(which is also what the so called kidnappers asked for or Ngozi resigns) for fuel subsidy…Obviously they will not tell you how the woman was released nor how much they paid the kidnappers cos they didnt pay the kidnappers a dime.You all should have known from the moment you heard $1billion ransom that there was more to this than meets the eye..i mean where is ngozi supposed to get that kind of money from..What you all should be saying is “Goodluck, God is watching you”!!!

    • Limmerick

      December 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

      this is today’s wisdom of the day

  14. Dr. Ken O.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Another government magic. #200,000,000 to the kidnappers to release the queen mother. This is the product of bad governance. Greedy, Bad or Half baked politicians. Their only focus is where money will come from. I am referring to you, the SELECTED politicians in the House, Governors, Party BOTs and other you know yourself. The fire you people have been igniting has started burning. The boys you armed to win your SELECTION is turning the arms against you. Hahahahahahahaaa lol.

  15. Brandigest

    December 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    When the rich and highly placed is kidnapped or affected the entire security force gets to their job, President Jonathan becomes busy, governors rally round to save the day, and tax payers money are freely donated as rasome. But when a poor Nigerian family is affected all the afore mentioned looks the other way leaving them in the mercy of danger and bandits… *I see no change*

    • Gr3mlin

      December 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      bros, you don see where dem kidnap poor man?

  16. Sam Sizzle

    December 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm


  17. Limmerick

    December 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    so how much did they pay? i guess we will never know

  18. nwalozie george

    December 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I thank God for the woman. kudos to our military men for a well done.

  19. Nwalozie george

    December 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I thank God for the woman. kudos to Nigeria military men for a job well done.

  20. ogags

    December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    @ chichi u are so on point,let’s just pray for God to help us in naija .

  21. ada

    December 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Mtscheewwwwwww…..Rme…on to d next story joorrr…

  22. Francis olyms sbm

    December 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Glory be 2 GOD

  23. Ifeanyi kingsley

    December 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    The queen of royal kingdom of ogwashi-ugwu,isn’t part of the dirty nigerian politics. So , she shouldn’t b enmeshed in it.

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