The Governor of Delta State, Mr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has declared that the kidnapped mother of the coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Professor (Mrs) Kamene Okonjo, will be rescued within 24 hours.
Mr Uduaghan, revealed this on our breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where he said that “I have given the orders that she (Professor Mrs Kamene Okonjo), must be fished out within the next 24 hours.”
The Governor refused to discuss any further on the kidnap and rescue mission saying, “I don’t want to discuss about the kidnap because of the nature of the person involved.”
“Let’s just leave it at that”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Delta state police command says that it is on the trial of kidnappers who abducted the octogenarian Professor of Medicine.
Delta state police spokesperson, Charles Muka, said the police have information that will lead to the arrest of the kidnappers.
The oil-rich state has been a major kidnap spot for oil workers prior to the amnesty declared by late President Umaru Yar’Adua for the Niger Delta militants in 2008.
There has been a lull in such abductions in the last few years, but a number of kidnaps have been reported in the last two years.
The mother of the coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance Professor (Mrs) Kamene Okonjo, was abducted by unknown gunmen from her home in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state at about midday on Sunday.
Confirming the kidnap, a press release signed by the Minister’s personal assistant, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, late on Sunday, stated that the mother of the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was abducted from her home in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state.
It is yet to be confirmed if those behind the kidnap, are the same people who have made threats against the coordinating minister in recent, past or other elements with hostile motives.
The kidnappers are yet to make contact with the family of the victim.
The 82-year-old monarch’s wife was said to have been abducted at about 1.47PM by a gang of armed men who seized her at the gate of the palace at Ogbe-ofu.
Her husband, Obi Chukwuka Okonjo, a retired Professor of Economics, is the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku.
Uduaghan: Okonjo-Iweala’s Mother Will Be Rescued In 24 hours