The Delta State Police command yesterday, confirmed the arrest and detention of two police men who were supposed to be on duty at the palace of the kidnapped Professor Mabel Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister, when the kidnappers struck.
Also Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd), yesterday, instructed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to deploy Special Police Officers from the Force headquarters, Abuja to assist in locating and rescuing Prof. Okonjo.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day workshop on ‘Budgeting for Effective Policing in Nigeria’, the minister who expressed sadness at the kidnapping incident said, “it is a very disturbing issue. In unraveling this matter, the Police must take into cognizance that we have a role to let others know that such incidents will be given equal treatment. It could have been the mother of anybody.
“Already, the IGP has deployed his men and they are working round the clock on the issue. The IG is on top of the situation. However, I have instructed the IGP to deploy specialist officers from Abuja if need be, to help in fishing out the culprits”.
There was still no information yet on the whereabouts of Professor Kamene Okonjo, but a dependable source said workers in the palace were invited by the police to make statements on how the matriarch of the Okonjo family was abducted.