This Day (Lagos)

17 December 2012

Nigeria: Okonjo-Iweala - My Mother Was Abducted Over Subsidy Claims, Sure-P

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

About 72 hours after her mother, Prof. Kamene Okonjo was freed, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala disclosed Monday, that the kidnappers told the octogenarian that the minister 's purported refusal to pay subsidy claims as well as the non-release of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds was the motive behind their action.

The minister, who said the old woman's freedom from the abductors was 'miraculous', stated that although she was denied food and water for the five days she was in their custody, she was in excellent health condition.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, Okonjo-Iweala , who described her mother as a very courageous woman, said while she was in their custody, the woman had inquired from the kidnappers the motive behind the ordeal they had subjected her into.

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