Professor Kanene Okonjo, the kidnapped mother of Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Friday regained her freedom after spending five days in the hands of her abductors. Street Journal gathered that 82-year-old Mrs Okonjo was taken to Ugwashi Uku on a motorcycle. Governor Uduaghan however gave another version in which he disclosed that she was dropped off a main road not far from her home in Delta State around 10 O’Clock on Friday morning. The release has been confirmed by the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan who spoke to the media as well as the police authorities. The Delta State Governor told the BBC that the driver of the vehicle that dropped of the kidnapped woman was arrested. He also posited that the kidnappers dropped her off because of the intense pressure they faced.
It however remains unclear whether any ransom was paid before she was released, though the kidnappers had demanded a sum of $ 1 billion. It cannot also be confirmed if the kidnap was motivated by monetary gains or otherwise as it had been in the news that Mrs Okonjo-Iweal received threats not too long ago.
Mrs Okonjo was abducted on Sunday in her husband’s palace in Ugwashi Uku, Delta State, prompting a manhunt by security operatives. About 63 people have so far been arrested by the police and State Security Service.
In a statement issued after Professor Okonjo’s release, the Minister thanked President Goodluck Jonathan, Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, Peter Obi and Rotimi Amaechi of Delta, Anambra and Rivers State respectively for their “encouragement and support during the difficult period”