By Hauwa Gambo
The Police in Delta have reported that the alleged mastermind behind the kidnap of Prof Kanene Okonjo, mother of the coordinating minister of the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been killed.
According to Punch, the 82-year-old was released and dropped off near her home at about 10 am on Friday after five days with the kidnappers.
“A few hours after Okonjo reunited with her family at the palace of the Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu, the police in Delta State shed light on the circumstances that led to her release.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, said there had been a bloody shootout between his men and the kidnappers in Asaba, the state capital, which had resulted in the rescue of the kidnap victim.
“During the encounter, a suspected kidnap kingpin, Mr. Nwazor Nwose, aka Bolaji, believed to have masterminded the abduction, was shot dead by security agents.
“In a meeting with journalists in Asaba, Aduba described Nwose as a notorious kidnapper who had been arraigned in court on a previous kidnap charge in Delta State and granted bail.”
“Nwose was arrested a few months ago, investigated and arraigned in court for kidnapping and was released on bail by the court,” Nwose said. “But he returned to Asaba and continued his nefarious activities.
“This time, he met his Waterloo. Combined detectives from the IGP taskforce and that of the State Police Command swung into action and invaded his hideout. Immediately he sighted the police he jumped a very high fence. Our men had no option; we had to obey the rule of engagement and opened fire on him.
“He continued, but eventually we got him by trailing the blood stain. We rushed him to Federal Medical Centre, Asaba where he gave up the ghost.
“Notwithstanding, four members of the gang were picked up. Two have been indicted so far. Another notorious criminal called Bright is in our custody. The names of the other gang members are Hard Rock, Tse-tse fly, and Tipper Boy.”
Nwose has been head of a kidnap ring that has operated in Delta and kidnapped an businessman in Asaba last year.
Aduba however said they refused to attack the hideout of the kidnappers in Kwale, Ndokwa West LGA because of the victims age – and she was brought back to the palace on a motorcycle early yesterday morning hale and hearty.
“We knew the victim was in Kwale, but we were very cautious not to invade the town so that she would not be harmed. We waited patiently and continued to monitor the area. Mama was brought in this morning by a motorcycle,” he said.