by Hauwa Gambo
As we broke a few minutes ago, the 82-year-old mother to the co-ordinating minister of the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – who was kidnapped on Sunday – has been released.
Below is a press statement from the minister’s officer on the release:
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