Police Give Conflicting Details Regarding Okonjo-Iweala's Mother's Escape From Kidnappers

Professor Kamene Okonjo
By SaharaReporters, New York

The official story given by police to explain the release of kidnapped Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is raising doubt about the real circumstances surrounding her escape.

At a press conference, Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, said the Queen Mother was freed by her abductors after five days in confinement and taken home by motorcycle from Kwale, 50 kilometers away. The young man who dropped off Mrs. Okonjo has been arrested and is being questioned, police said.

What remains confusing is the mode of transportation of Professor Okonjo on a motorbike from the scene of freedom to her home if actually the police stormed the kidnappers hideout and rescued her as being claimed.
 
With the case "resolved," it remains unclear whether those arrested in recent days in connection with the kidnapping would be released or charged.
 
The Queen Mother of Ogwashi-Uku was kidnapped last Sunday at aboaut 1:47 p.m. by 10 armed kidnappers at her husband’s palace.
 
Unofficial sources told our reporter that the Queen Mother managed to free herself unassisted, but an updated police version of the story alleges that police stormed the kidnappers’ den in Asaba, the state capital, where they killed one suspect, Nwaze Nwosa aka Bolaji, arrested another gang member and shot four members of the gang who escaped with bullet wounds.
 
It is unclear what role the storming of a location in Asaba had to do with the kidnap victim regaining her freedom in Kwale. Also unknown is whether a ransom was paid to facilitate her release.

Earlier, the Police Command blamed "insiders" for orchestrating the Queen Mother’s abduction, and they unmasked the identity of 25 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and pipeline vandals that have been terrorizing the oil rich state.
 
Briefing journalists at the command headquarters in Asaba today, CP Aduba said the sensitive nature of Queen Mother Okonjo’s kidnap made the command beam its searchlight on any obvious errors or lapses either on the part of the palace guards or the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ogwashi-Uku. He said the release of the victim involved the combined efforts of the crack team of policemen deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, and the proactiveness of men of the Special Anti-Crime Squad (SARS).

According to him, “the Delta State Police supported by a crack team from IGP’s Special Task Force on Terrorism, Abuja, consciously and professionally with due caution collated intelligence on the activities of the hoodlums and struck their hideouts in Asaba.” He said the manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang was on and that the command would not rest until they were arrested. 

He displayed the items recovered from their hideouts to include an ash-coloured Golf 3 car with registration number DELTA ASB 697 AA, which he said had been used to transport the Queen Mother out of the palace; and a white Toyota bus, labeled God’s Delight Church International, with registration number ANAMBRA KPP 64 XA.

A Police source in the state told SaharaReporters that the dead leader of the kidnap gang had been on the most wanted list for his alleged involvement in a series of kidnapping and violent crimes in the state. He also stated that the Delta state police command once arrested him and charged him with various crimes, but he was released without trial and kidnappings continue unabated in the state.
 
Mrs Okonjo is a retired professor of sociology at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka.
Her husband, Obi Chukwuka Okonjo Agbogidi, a retired professor of economics, is the traditional ruler of the Ogwashi-Uku kingdom in Delta State.
 

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Christian Militant Balancing with Islamist Militant

Why will the media will not tag the criminals as Christian militant or Islamic Militant as they just reported about the killing of Kano State house member? Unprofessional and sensational journalism of the 21st century. I wish the media know how well they are helping in destroying and separating our coexistence in this country.

How do you mean Queen Mother???

If her husband is King of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom which Queen is she mother to? Is the King married to his biological daughter? You wouldn't be saying Ngozi or perhaps a female sibling of hers is Queen and married to their father who is king, would you now???

Dr. Iweala is Not a Queen, Prof. Iweala is No "Queen Mother" !

My take is this, the old lady talked herself out of trouble and hiked a ride home. Police are just basking in her freedom. That, or ransome was paid because Prof. Iweala jnr. was seen bashing at Dr. Dumbo's Xmas party for thieves and she seemed "relieved" next to her hubby. Who goes to a party when their 82yr-old muttie is in peril? The pieces do not fit. With today's technology, I could have caught those thugs standing on my head. The "thanked" governors are the Godfathers behind the criminals. Otherwise, why not thank the security forces that freed her mom, and Nigerians that provided fake prayers/moral support. The whole thing na Xmas drama ...Joy to the World, Mama is Free !!!

BTW: Podgy Dr. Ngozi Iweala has never won any beauty context and is not a reigning Queen in her present disposition, slapping us with "Queen Mother" is bloated bologne. Even sef, mama fine pass im pikin, and she's a bonafide Queen!

Compliments of the Season to all comrade kidnappers!!!

This woman resemble Obasanjo no be small. I dey suspect say her ancestors come from Otta.

...anyway, it doesn't matter what the Nigerian police say. For us in the United States of the SS&SE, we are proud of our comrades who carried out this holy operation against one of the families that have been kidnapping the resources of the peoples of the SS&SE.

...Life is all about balance. Wealth in the continent is not evenly distributed especially for the peoples from the countries that own the wealth which every other country in Nigeria depends on. Equity is a natural law & this balance MUST be achieved. This is what the counter kidnapping is meant to achieve. After all, the political thieves initiated the cycle by kidnapping our resources.

I wish all our comrade kidnappers a very Merry XMAS ...May God protect & guide them & bless the work of their hands. Amen.

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

@anonymous SR is just been

@anonymous SR is just been funny,it is just a mere blandish.
WHO BE QUEEN KWANU.IF SHE IS A QUEEN IS JUST WITHIN HER FATHER'S PALACE.ABI HER PAPA DE RULE REACH WAFFI? SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..... I BEEEEGII.

Arrest of Innocent people

Now that she have be found, How will the security men that raided Omumu , Alisor , Alizomor and Ozanogo all in Ika South explain the arrest detention in Benin City, of all the able young men in these communities.

THE POLICE MUST FISH THEM OUT,NO EXCUSES.

The fact that ransoms are easily picked up while kidnappers go scot-free simply exposes the lapses in our security system in Nigeria.Now the old Prof is free,we expect the Police to justify the money expended on them by the tax payer.
Examples have to be made of kidnappers who are arrested for that plague to be eradicated.

@Anonymous, whats ur problem

@Anonymous, whats ur problem with that?

''Queen mother''

They say it is a family of professors. If so how come this grammatical blunder is been left uncorrected? These Igbo people with their I too know sef. Come to think of it, what is 'Queen mother' in the context it is being bandied around?
Na wao, we don't even know who, where, when, why and how we should help in Nigeria now.

Sahara Reporters you can contact the kidnappers

Sahara Prof Kamene is now at her home, please if you want to know how she came back, why not contact the kidnappers if you are not satisfied with the explanation of police or any other person.

A Queen is greater than a Queen Mother

Above subject refers. The good news is Her Majesty Okonjo has similar royal status with any Queen, especially, Her Majesty Queen Elizabethh 11, has been released through whatever means, unhurt. Alhamdulillah- Glory be to God. Shikenan-that's all.

Wao wat a fuck. Y would d

Wao wat a fuck. Y would d police cleam d glory. Pls sahara cn u pls unveil d master minders of dis crime.

POLICE ARE LIARS & ALWAYS

POLICE ARE LIARS & ALWAYS LIKE TO RIDE ON MILITARY OR LOCAL VIGILATEE'S GLORY.THIER LIES HAS BEEN PROVED IN THE PAST JUST LIKE THIS ONE.THEY ARE CONFUSED BECAUSE THEY LACK CAPABLITY TO RESCUE ANY KIDNAPPED PERSONS,THEY DONT HAVE THE BOLDNESS TO DO IT,THEY ARE COWARDS.IF ANYONE CAN REMEMBER WHEN CHRISTIAN OBODO WAS KIDNAPPED,THE POLICE DID NOT KNOW HOW THE YOUNG MAN ESCAPED ONLY TO COME OUT & CLAIMED THAT THEY POLICE STORMED THE DEN OF THE KIDNAPPERS AND RESCUED OBODO.OBODO LATER GAVE THE STORY OF HOW HE ESCAPED WITHOUT MENTIONING THE NIGERIA POLICE IN THE SCENE.THE WIFE OF OSS HA SPEAKER WAS RELEASED FROM HER KIDNAPPERS IN OGUNMAKIN,WHEN VIGILANTEES STORMED THE HIDE OUT OF THE KIDNAPPERS AND RELEASED THE WOMAN,WHEN OGUN STATE POLICE COMMISSONER WAS ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE ISSUE AS SOON AS THE WOMAN RELEASED,HE COULD NOT GIVE ANY STATEMENT UNTIL LATERAND ALL HE WAS SAYING WAS TRASH.THE IS MORE BOLD THAT OUR POLICE.

Please stop referring to this

Please stop referring to this woman as Queen Mother. Thanks!

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