by Hauwa Gambo
Following the kidnap yesterday of the Prof. Kanene Okonjo, mother to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has issued a statement through her Special Assistant on Media, Paul Nwabuikwu.
In the statement titled “Abduction of Prof. (Mrs) Okonjo” said, Nwabuikwu hinted that a range of options might be responsible – even as Nigerians speculate as to a possible link with the fuel subsidy clean-up efforts.
“Earlier today, Professor (Mrs) Kamene Okonjo, wife of Professor Chukuka Okonjo, the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku and mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was abducted from her home in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State,” the statement 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.”
Meanwhile, the Delta State police spokesman Charles Muka confirms the police is on the case. “Yes, we have got the information on the kidnap,” he said. “We also have information that will lead to the arrest of the hoodlums.”