Vanguard (Lagos)

17 December 2012

Nigeria: Kidnap - Tight Security Still Maintained At Ogwashi-Uku Palace

Asaba — DESPITE the successful rescue of Mrs. Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, from kidnappers, tight security was still being maintained at the palace.

The palace, which, before the kidnap, was very porous security-wise, now has Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, NCDS, personnel, manning the gate while armed soldiers and policemen are at strategic positions.

Delta State police command's spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, told our reporter yesterday: "Yes, the palace is under tight security". Asked when the security would be relaxed, he said, "I don't know."

Investigation showed that residents in the community are wary of their comments over the kidnap as detectives are still roaming around both in drinking joints, markets, and motor parks in search of clues.

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