Prof Okonjo’s kidnap: Two gang members arrested in Anambra

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By Austin Ogwuda

Asaba—TWO persons who allegedly played key roles in the kidnap  of Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, from her husband’s palace at Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, have been arrested.

Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, said: “Following the dragnet spread in the ongoing investigation into the kidnap of the wife of Obi of Ogwashi-Uku and the mother of Minister of Finance, Prof. Kamene Okonjo, our net, on January 5, 2013, at Uga Junction in Anambra State, caught two of the suspects who played key roles in the kidnapping incident.

File Photo: OKONJO-IWEALA'S Mother Professor Kamene Okonjo

File Photo: OKONJO-IWEALA’S Mother Professor Kamene Okonjo

“Both suspects are currently helping the police in tidying up investigations after which they will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

The two arrested suspects bear Chiboy and Biggy as nicknames.

It will be recalled that one Andrew, who was in charge of bringing food to the hideout but later broke away from the gang because he was shortchanged in the sharing of the ransom, had earlier confessed at the state Police headquarters in Asaba, that Chiboy and Biggy were members of the gang, referring to Chiboy as the boss.

He had said that “for now, I know why I am arrested. Some friends of mine, they indulge themselves in kidnapping . One of them is Chiboy and another is Biggy.

“The person I know well is Chiboy. It was through this Chiboy that I met this Biggy. I was trading on fairly used shoes and my business was not moving well. So Chiboy told me that there was something he wanted me to do. I asked what was it. He said that there was somebody I was going to drop food for, that I was going to drop food twice a day and he would settle me.”

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