The kidnapped mother of the Nigerian finance minister has been freed, Nigerian officials said Friday, ending the search five days after the elderly retiree was seized outside her home in Delta state.
“The Okonjo family is full of thanks to the Almighty for this happy development,” Paul Nwabuikwu, an adviser to Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said in a Friday statement.
Few details were available about how Kamene Okonjo was returned. Nigerian police could not be reached by phone and did not immediately respond to an email from The Times seeking comment. A police spokesman told Nigerian radio that Okonjo was in good health.
While kidnappings are a frequent menace in the region, the seizure gained international attention because of its target. Okonjo-Iweala is a respected economist who was recently a candidate to lead the World Bank.