Mother Of Nigeria Finance Minister, World Bank Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Kidnapped

Dec 9, 2012

NewsRescue– The 82 year old mother of Nigeria’s Finance Minister and former World bank director Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Mrs Kamene Okonjo was abducted from her palace in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State in the earlier hours of today by unknown gunmen.

Nigeria’s southern region is plagued with kidnapping terrorism, with one or other well-to-do individual or their family kidnapped almost on a daily basis in the southern states. This, another sign of the state of deterioration and mismanagement of security as well as other basic structures of the society.

The abduction of the ministers mother is the highest profile operation of the kind, and is celebrated in some quarters as an act that takes the plight of individual Nigerians home to the “untouchables,” and leadership “elite,” who many blame for the chronic state of social degradation and insecurity.

Kidnappers usually demand huge sums for the release of their hostages.

According to SaharaReporters:

How Kidnappers Seized Nigeria Finance Minister OkonjoIweala’s Mother From The Palace

The kidnap of Professor Kamene Okonjo, the 82-year old mother of Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi okonjo-Iweala was executed by a group of daredevil kidnappers who disguised as palace guards while her husband was traveling in Abuja.

A man in police custody who allegedly led the kidnappers to Mrs. Okonjo’s compound a few minutes before the incident took place  was said to have informed the housemaid that he was in the palace to take the queen mother to somewhere in the town for a traditional event.

Other kidnappers numbering 10 were lurking around the palace until Mrs. Okonjo and her maid came down to offer refreshments to some men  working to fix the palace gate.

Eyewitness accounts said that as soon as the woman stepped out of the main building, heading towards the gate, the kidnappers moved in from the gate, and pushed her into a waiting  Volkswagen Golf car.

In a telephone chat, one of the palace chiefs, who requested anonymity, told our reporter that the abductors were armed to teeth, and that had taken hostage the workers at the gate who were fixing interlocking tiles in the palace, ordering them to lie face down.

“Immediately they saw our king’s wife, the Queen Mother who was coming towards the gate with her maid to serve the workers soft drinks, she was seized and thrown into a waiting Golf car while another car was parked outside”.

Another eyewitness further said: “One of kidnappers, bracing all odds, went upstairs to collect the Queen Mother’s handbag. Another maid who sighted the kidnapper upstairs hid herself in the kitchen.”
Professor Okonjo is a retired profesor of sociology at the University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka. Link: