Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Policemen held over kidnap of Okonjo's mother

13 December 2012, 07:18

Onitsha - Two policemen have been arrested on suspicion of helping kidnappers who seized the finance minister's 82-year-old mother, the force said on Wednesday.

Kamene Okonjo, mother of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was abducted on Sunday from her home in Nigeria's oil-producing Delta state, where kidnapping is rife.

"It is a very sad development and our major concern now is to rescue Mama unhurt," Delta State Police Commissioner Ikechukwu Aduba told Reuters by phone.

It was still unclear why the elderly woman was taken, he added.

"I'm not aware the kidnappers are demanding ransom and, even if they are, the police cannot get involved as that would be a signal for others to continue (abductions)," Aduba said.

Criminal gangs regularly abduct people for ransom in Nigeria, but it is rare for them to target members of the political elite.

The finance minister, a campaigner against corruption, has received threats in the past, according to her special adviser Paul Nwabuikwu.

A Lebanese construction worker was kidnapped on Tuesday morning in Delta state despite having a military escort, police spokesman Charles Muka said.

A security source told Reuters three Lebanese construction workers were currently being held captive. Muka declined to comment on the report of the other two abductions.

- Reuters

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
DSAGE
No help in Biafra for the time be...

I mean the God in Bible said that we should forget about Biafra's liberation because the religious mentality of the majority has finally made him to increase the captivity period to seventy wasted years in decadence. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
Nigeria we hope for

When you sell your vote and expect your opinion to count, then please dream on, for the worst to come. Read more...

Submitted by
Madu Henry
The people should hold the power

Why is that the election in Nigeria is controlled by those in power? Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
The world has nothing

No matter how you look at it, you would find out that all we chase is wind, when its tired of staying in the tube we managed to secure it in, little hole will make a way out for escape of it. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
Death a call for all

Death as it is, a price everyone must pay whether poor or rich. Read more...

Submitted by
Okotete Collins
How to become a successful person

Believe it or the best way to be successful is to give your all to what you're doing. Read more...