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The mother of the Minister of Finance, Prof. Okonjo-Iweala, Professor Kamene Okonjo, was yesterday abducted  in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State by gunmen.

Okonjo-Iweala’s mother, 82, who is the wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, Professor Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo Agbogidi, was kidnapped yesterday at about 1:30 pm at the husband’s palace in Ogbe-Ofu quarters by eight gunmen who stormed the palace in two Audi 80 cars.

It was gathered that the kidnappers had easy access to the palace as the policeman expected to be on duty was absent. The kidnappers, therefore, held all the workers carrying out renovation work at gunpoint. One of the suspects was said to have gone upstairs and picked the bag of the Obi’s wife while the woman, who was sitting under a tree after serving the workers some soft drinks, was whisked away.

According to a dependable source, the woman who is a medical doctor and a professor was pushed into one of the Audi cars and driven to unknown destination.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan ofDeltaStatehas urged the police and other security agencies to track the kidnappers and free Okonjo-Iweala’s mother within 24 hours. A source said: “The governor fumed when the kidnap was reported to him and said the boys must be tracked down wherever they are hiding at all cost.”

The Federal Ministry of Finance in a statement yesterday by the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Paul Nwabuikwu said “at this point, it is difficult to say whether those behind this action are the same people who have made threats against the Coordinating Minister in the recent past or other elements with hostile motives. No possibility can be ruled out at this point.

This is obviously a very difficult time for the entire Okonjo family. But the family is hopeful of a positive outcome as it fervently prays for the quick and safe return of the matriarch.

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