Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 December 2012

Nigeria: IG Gives Police Three Days to Produce Okonjo Unhurt

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Prof. Kamene Okonjo

Asaba — Aduba said following the IG's order, "the command and other sister security agencies have fully mobilized to ensure her early and safe release from the hands of the vicious kidnappers who sacrilegiously abducted her from her sacred palace."

"The command is also beaming its search light inward for possible insiders' involvement, even as investigation is being extended to members of the victim's family and palace guards that ought to have provided security for the queen."

Aduba however said "the police are not to blame entirely for it because the palace guard ought to have provided security for mama. I was at the palace on Thursday before the incident, but nobody complained, but they only complained about bail, how then would I have known that the palace is not safe for us to provide security."

To this end, the police boss urged members of the public with useful information that could lead to the release of Okonjo to do so before the IG descended on the command.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's army said yesterday soldiers had arrested 63 people in raids as they searched for the finance minister's 82-year-old mother, kidnapped from her home on Sunday.

It is not yet known whether the abduction of Kamene Okonjo, mother of former World Bank director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was political or for financial gain. The latest detentions were in oil-producing Delta state. "Yesterday the Four Brigade raided Ogwashi-Ukwu in search of Mama," army spokeswoman Roseline Managbe told Reuters. "Those arrested are being questioned," she added.

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