11 December 2012

Nigeria: Search for Okonjo-Iweala's Mother - Minister Orders IG to Deploy Officers From Abuja to Delta

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A gang of armed men has seized 83-year-old Kamene Okonjo, left, mother of Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The manhunt to get the mother of the minister of Finance, 82 year old Prof. Mabel Kameni Okonjo released from kidnappers took a new twist Tuesday with the minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd), instructing the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to deploy Special Police Officers from the Force headquarters, Abuja to assist in locating and freeing Prof. Okonjo from her captors.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day workshop on 'Budgeting for Effective Policing in Nigeria', the minister who expressed sadness at the kidnapping incident said, "It is a very disturbing issue. In unraveling this matter, the Police must take into cognizance that we have a role to let other know that such incidents will be given equal treatment. It could have been the mother of anybody'.

"Already, the IGP has deployed his men and they are working round the clock on the issue. The IG is on top of the situation. However, I have instructed the IGP to deploy specialist officers from Abuja if need be, to help in fishing out the culprits".

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