Few days after 10 men kidnap the mother of Finance Minister in Nigeria, Dr.(Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who was abducted in Oguashi-Ukwu, in Delta State. The 82 years old retired professor Mabel Kamene Titi Okonjo was released on Friday morning by the kidnappers in Benin City, Edo State, after they collected Ten to Eleven Million Naira Ransom.
The young boy used by the kidnappers to lead the old woman to a safe place after the ransom was collected on Saturday was arrested, the boy was arrested by security agents to help in their investigations on the identity of the kidnappers.
The 84 years old woman was secretly taking to her home at Ogwashi-Ukwu by the security agents. Journalist who mounted siege in the house of the Okonjos waiting for her arriver did not even know that she is already inside the house. They later noticed she is back when they started seeing movement of people in the compound. She taking to Abuja yesterday with a chartered flight to meet with her daughter Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and was accompanied by her son Onyema, soldiers, police and custom officers at about 2:29Pm.
The Finance Minister reportedly called Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan to thanks him for is immense support towards the release of her mother. The President of the federal republic of Nigeria was also told as soon as she was released.
The negotiation of the prof’s release was done by the her son Prince Onyema Okonjo, who spoke with the Kidnappers in various occassion on phone between Sunday, 9th December when she was kidnapped and the early hours of Friday 14th, 2012, when she was released. The Security also monitured part of the negotiation but could not trace the exact location of the kidnappers until the ransom was paid. Though our source was not certain about the amount paid as ransom but said between ten to fifteen milliom naira, but it was after the kidnappers agreed on terms with the Okonjos that she was released to the family in Benin city of Friday 14th, 2012.
Written By James Omo