Kidnappers free Nigerian minister's mother

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 16:10 hrs

Lagos (Nigeria), Dec 14 (IANS) The mother of Nigeria's Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been released by her kidnappers, five days after she was abducted from her home, CNN reported Friday.

Kamene Okonjo is well and in good health, police spokesman Frank Mba told CNN.

Okonjo, an academic reportedly in her 80s, was abducted Sunday from her home in Ogwashi-Uku in Delta state.

It remains unclear who her abductors were or whether their motive was financial or political.

Minister Okonjo-Iweala has sought to push through reforms and tackle corruption while in office. She lost her bid in April to become the next president of the World Bank -- the first ever challenge to the US nominee in the institution's history.

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