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Nigeria: Kidnapped Mother of politician, murdered



One month after Mrs Philomina Udonwa, mother of Engr. Iniekong Udonwa, governorship aspirant in the 2011 gubernatorial race was abducted from her home while her son the governorship hopeful, narrowly escaped being killed by some unknown gunmen, the 69-year-old woman has been reportedly murdered by those who have held her hostage.

Philomina, a popular trader was killed after the assassins failed to get the Singapore- based business mogul to concede to their demand of turning himself up into the hands of the kidnappers who made bold to state that they were seriously demanding for his life.

Feared to have been sacrificed for her son’s quest to take the number one position in the State, mother, Philomina body was found in a village in Mbiaso, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of the State after her son, Iniekong could not be located by the gunmen.

Iniekong, who had sustained several gunshots when the hired assassins, who specifically came for him stormed their family compound at No 9, Udoette residence, off Ikpa road, Uyo, on May 12, was said to have secretly left the hospital where he was receiving treatment and flew out of the country, back to Singapore for fear of a possible return of the assailants who were allegedly still looking for him.

The husband of the deceased, Sir Udonwa, a Knight of the Holy Catholic Church, told Vanguard that “the assassins informed me that they came for my son for aspiring to be the governor of the state.”

Worried over the death of his wife, the Knight explained that the assassins did not demand for any ransom but were only after the life of his son (Iniekong).

One of the sons of the deceased, who preferred not to be named, said there was no point in killing their mother since Iniekong had dropped his political ambition, but that they (assassins) could have freed their innocent mother to return home.

When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Walter Rugbere, confirmed the death of Philomina.

Rugbere said the kidnappers phoned one of the daughters of the deceased last night and this afternoon again, they called her to pick the lifeless body of her mother.